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Divorce does not just affect you and your family. It impacts everyone in your life, including your friends.

Breaking the news to close friends that you are divorcing can be a difficult task, especially if your friend group is quite intertwined. According to Woman’s Health, there are things you can do to make it less awkward and easier for your friends to process.

Keep a united front

It is best to announce the split together and as a united front. You should not do it alone. You want to let your friends know that you are doing this together with no animosity. This puts everyone else more at ease with the announcement.

Avoid social media

It is usually best to avoid making the announcement via social media, especially if you have children or friends and relatives who do not have social media accounts. You do not want to surprise anyone or make anyone feel left out. Social media announcements are also impersonal and usually only a good idea for a high-profile couple, such as celebrities.

Avoid the blame game

When you make your announcement, you can be vague as to what prompted the split if you want. In any case, though, do not blame the other person or fight in front of your friends when making the announcement. Plan ahead what you will say and how you will handle any questions about why your marriage is ending.

Placing blame can make friends feel like they need to choose sides. It can create a ripple in your friend group and even lead to further relationship issues between you and them.