Purpose

Whether you are the one who left
or the one who got left,
divorce is a painful experience,
evoking confusion, anger, fear, guilt, and grief.
It is a profound human crisis.


What we do

In the midst of this crisis, Divorce Recovery Louisville meets weekly to offer emotional support, practical strategies, and a sense of community to anyone considering divorce, going through it, or rebuilding a life afterwards. We help each other pick up and reassemble the pieces of our lives.

We welcome people regardless of religious affiliation, race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, or role in the divorce. For more information about how the group works, use the About link above. For one person's experience of the group, look at this appreciation by a former group member.

Not sure what you'd get out of a support group? A brief, useful overview of how support groups work, and how they differ from group therapy, is on the Mayo Clinic's website.

(To be absolutely clear, Divorce Recovery Louisville is not a dating group -- think of it as an undating group, where you learn to live comfortably with yourself before you even think about living with someone else again. If you are looking for hook-ups or romance, keep looking. Elsewhere.)


Meeting time and location

We met every Sunday evening of the year from 5:00-6:30
in the education wing of Crescent Hill Baptist Church
2800 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Please use the lobby entrance on Birchwood Avenue.


"When does the next class start?"

We get calls and emails asking that question all the time. We don't have top-down classes where a curriculum is taught on a schedule; we have peer-led groups where we learn from each other and the topic is what is most important to you that day. Everybody in the group started as a walk-in, so just show up and we'll find you a place, too. (The answer to the question above is always "This coming Sunday evening at 5:00.")


Resources for you

The purpose of this web site is to provide a curated collection of some of the many services and resources available to people in divorce within the greater Louisville area and online. Whether you need to

- Get Help with immediate needs and crisis management

- Find Information about legal issues, or see our book list

- Seek Support as you move through divorce, or

- Start Anew with parenting, finances, jobs, or relationships,

the pages under the menu tabs above will show that there is a lot of help out there. While we can't guarantee any of these resources (see the disclaimer), we trust that they will lead you to information you can use.

We don't provide listings for individual therapists, law firms, etc.; we do provide ways for you to find them, but there are simply too many to keep up with, and we also don't want to seem to be endorsing some rather than others. So we primarily list volunteer, non-profit, and governmental organizations, but do include, for instance, local law firms as providers of online information rather than as providers of legal services.

News

Picking Up the Pieces

36th annual Divorce Recovery Workshop continues next Sunday, February 19

picture puzzle of a red heart with missing pieces This group began in 1982 with a four-evening series of talks about divorce and recovering from it. We have continued that model every year since then to help people begin to put the pieces of their lives back together again.

This year, for four consecutive Sunday evenings starting February 12, we offer panel discussions by support group members and talks by local counseling experts on such topics as the psychological and spiritual aspects of divorce, healthy and unhealthy relationships, codependency, grief, loneliness, finances, and dating again. When the Workshop is over, we will resume our normal schedule of weekly Sunday-evening small-group meetings, starting March 12.

No need to register - just show up. Presentations and child-care are free. Here's the schedule.


Three essential resources

Cover of Divorce Wisely book - interlocking gold wedding rings, one broken If you are only going to read one book about the divorce process, make it this one: Marriages End. Families Don't. Divorce Wisely.: The essential handbook for navigating the process of divorce by Suzanne E. Grandchamp, Esq. IngramSpark, 2015. Kindle and paperback, 200+ pages, under $20. Available on Amazon.

We are pleased to provide a 30-page PDF version of Divorce Manual - A Client Handbook, formatted for printing, from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Its primary purpose is to explain the general process of divorce in American courts and to explain the lawyer-client relationship. It answers questions ranging from "How long will my divorce take?" to "May I spend money on my lover?" The on-line version is at AAML.org


Word cloud of words related to divorce and Louisville For a very thorough on-line summary of the legal aspects of divorce in Kentucky, look no further than (where else?) DivorceInKentucky.com. The information is provided free on a site belonging to Hoge Partners, PLLC, a Louisville law firm that specializes in family law. Divorce Recovery Louisville does not make recommendations about divorce attorneys; we do, however, appreciate this resource.


Getting Out - leaving an abusive relationship

One of our support group members recently wrote on Facebook about recognizing and leaving an emotionally abusive marriage. She has given us permission to publish the post here.


Name Change

We are now Divorce Recovery Louisville. We had been the Louisville Divorce Recovery Support Group since 1982, and did not make the change lightly, but needed a clear, consistent identity for...

the group itself       Divorce Recovery Louisville
Facebook  fb.com/DivorceRecoveryLouisville
this site           www.DivorceRecoveryLouisville.org
and email      info@DivorceRecoveryLouisville.org

So... shorter name, same reliable and confidential support. See you Sunday evening!