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Strategies for managing high-conflict divorces

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Divorce |

High-conflict divorces can drain both emotional and financial resources, but handling them with the right strategies can mitigate some of the stress involved.

There are several approaches that can help manage these challenging situations effectively.

Maintain clear and consistent communication

Communication is critical in a high-conflict divorce. It is important to establish a structured communication method that limits direct contact. Using written forms of communication such as emails or texts can be helpful. These provide a record of what both parties have said and help avoid the misunderstandings that can occur in verbal exchanges.

Use a parenting coordinator

For divorces involving children, a parenting coordinator can be invaluable. This trained professional helps manage ongoing issues in high-conflict custody situations. They provide a neutral ground for both parties to discuss and resolve disputes concerning the children’s upbringing and can make legally binding decisions in accordance with court orders. In Texas, parenting coordinators are confidential and are not required to provide any information to the court.

Set boundaries

Setting and maintaining clear boundaries is a must. This involves specifying what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Boundaries can help reduce the chaos by preventing any party from overstepping. These might include limits on communication styles, topics of discussion and the times when discussions can take place.

Keep detailed records

Document everything from interactions with the other party, expenses related to child care and attendance at children’s events. These records can be important if the court needs to revisit decisions regarding custody or support.

Stay focused on the big picture

It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae of conflicts, but focusing on the big picture can help maintain perspective. Prioritize long-term goals over short-term victories. Keeping focused on achieving a resolution that benefits all parties, especially children, can help reduce the impact of conflict.

Engage in self-care

Engaging in self-care is often overlooked in high-conflict situations. Stress can impact decision-making and emotional well-being. Regular exercise, proper nutrition and adequate sleep can all help maintain one’s health during a stressful divorce. Consulting with a therapist or counselor might also provide support and coping strategies.

By employing these strategies, individuals can manage a high-conflict divorce more effectively, minimizing stress and facilitating a smoother transition to the next stages of their lives.