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How to Deal With a Friend's or Family Member's Divorce

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  • Your best friend has become sensitive about the topic of money post-divorce; instead of discussing the subject, she avoids making plans with you.

    You may find that your friend is in tighter financial straits immediately after her divorce, particularly if she was a stay-at-home mom during the marriage, or has had to move because she could no longer afford the mortgage. This sudden change in lifestyle may make her retreat a bit more from her social life. If she declines to go out, then try to be sensitive to her situation and generous when you can, says Swann. Dream up different things to do together that don't involve spending cash, such as nature walks, free concerts and dinners at home. If there are group outings that you know she would love to go to—like dinner with a group of your girlfriends—then "offer to pick up the tab now and then," says Swann. "You don't want her to feel isolated right now."

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