Most of us know—from movies, anyway—that the first thing you’re supposed to do when getting a divorce is secure a good lawyer. Now, though, a good lawyer is just the first member of an inner circle of experts who promise to make the journey from married to single as painless—and empowering—as possible.

The list of helpmates might include a divorce coach (to help plan attorney conversations), a financial strategist, a meditation teacher, a sex therapist, and a matchmaker. Connecting all of these experts with the newly divorced is a facilitator that makes the whole process as painless as possible.

Of course, it comes at a price. Don’t worry if you’re not operating in the highest income bracket—experts say that the key to getting through divorce as painlessly as possible is to accept help. So have coffee with friends who’ve been through something similar, take advantage of resources such as books and websites, and join a support group—even if you’re not a joiner.

Do you have any tips for surviving divorce?



The New York Times: A New Cadre of Experts Helps Women Navigate Their Divorces