Most divorces are already somewhat challenging for spouses to navigate. If you are wading through a high-conflict divorce, however, your situation is likely exceptionally more difficult. In a high-conflict divorce, one spouse may have a particularly combative attitude and have problems managing emotions and behavior. Continue reading to learn more about how to get through a high-conflict divorce.
Strategies for Handling a High-Conflict Divorce
When a divorce becomes too contentious, the process can drag out, legal fees may increase, and any children involved may feel especially affected by this high-stress event.
Here are some tips for how to more easily navigate this situation:
- Reduce the amount of contact you have with your spouse and try to limit communication to texts or emails rather than discussing things in person or over the phone. Your conversations should also be short and to the point.
- As tempting as it may be to give your spouse a piece of your mind, keep your feelings and thoughts to yourself. Instead, share them with a therapist or a close friend. Sharing them with your spouse will likely only escalate the situation.
- Be consistent with your behavior. If you have certain schedules in place, stick to them. If you communicated certain boundaries to your spouse, insist that they be respected.
- Try to respond instead of reacting to situations. It may be difficult not to react, especially if your spouse is really testing your limits, but reacting will only escalate it further.
- Set realistic expectations and understand that your case will not be resolved overnight. As much as you may want this process to hurry along, dealing with a high-conflict spouse can create some obstacles. However, if you avoid taking the bait, you may be able to minimize the obstacles you encounter.
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If you are going through a high-conflict divorce, the family law team at Crossman & McNamee, LLC can provide the skilled legal representation you need to achieve the best outcome. Backed by decades of experience and a commitment to delivering personalized solutions, you can rest assured your case is in good hands when you choose to work with us.
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