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Things You Should Never Say to a Divorcing Friend

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  • "How are you going to take care of your family now?"

    Divorced mother of four Margaret* heard a variation on this from friends. "One said, 'You can't complain that it's hard to be a single parent, because you asked for this.'" What stings here is that you're saying your friend isn't "competent enough to go it alone," explains Reynolds. "Your friend is likely already worried about supporting her family," she adds. It's better to reframe your concerns in a softer way, says Honaman. Try Have you thought about the house? Will you be able to stay home with the kids, or do you need help finding a higher-paying job? Be solution-oriented, and if you can, pitch in by babysitting her kids or revamping her résumé.

Watch Your Mouth
Things You Should Never Say to a Divorcing Friend
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