How did you cope/deal with the divorce?
I am aware of the technical difference between using "cope with" and "deal with" but are they used interchangeably in a context like this?
Are they equally formal/informal?
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They are similar. You deal with an issue and you cope with a problem. In other words, to me "deal with" does not imply that there is a difficult or problematic situation, although there might be. "Cope with" implies that there is a problem one has to manage.