What to Know About Navigating a High-Conflict Divorce

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Any divorce can be stressful, but a high-conflict divorce can be especially tough to navigate. In cases like these, our clients face more than the typical divorce stresses, usually due to the actions and attitude of their soon-to-be former spouse. If you think that your divorce process is going to end up being a rocky one, getting the advice of a Tazewell County contested divorce lawyer is a wise idea.

What Can Be Considered a High-Conflict Divorce?

A high-conflict divorce is one in which just about everything is going to be a struggle to decide because of the actions or attitude of your spouse. Sometimes both spouses can end up contributing to the conflict, making it even more difficult to make any kind of reasonable deal.

A high-conflict divorce is going to be hard to solve through mediation or arbitration. Those methods require two people to sit down and negotiate in good faith. If you are worried that your spouse will just cause conflict, then you probably have to settle things through litigation. You will want an attorney’s help.

What Can I Do to Make a High-Conflict Divorce Easier?

It can be tough to go through a divorce with someone who wants to make every part of the process more difficult. We suggest that you:

  • Keep communications to a minimum
  • Let your lawyer do most of the talking for you
  • Do not talk badly about your spouse to your kids
  • Focus on problem solving, not assigning blame

What Can I Do After a High-Conflict Divorce?

After your divorce is complete, you need to take some time to decompress and focus on your needs. We suggest:

Talking to your support network: If you have family and friends that you were relying on for emotional support during your divorce, they can help now as well. Going through any divorce can be a jarring experience, but a high-conflict divorce with an ex who just will not cooperate can be a different story entirely.

Limiting contact with your ex: This can be more difficult when you have kids, but keeping lines of communication with your ex completely open can just result in more stress and trauma. Talk to them when you absolutely must, keep messages short and to the point, and then live your separate lives.

Talk to a professional: A high-conflict divorce can dredge up a lot from the past and leave behind plenty of trauma. Now might be a good time to talk to a psychologist or another mental health professional so that you can work out all of your feelings on the matter.

Contact Our Law Firm

If you think that your divorce is going to be a difficult one with many arguments and conflicts, contact Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. We cannot promise to make the process simple, but we can pledge to be by your side, fighting for the best possible outcome at every stage of this case. Talk to us and learn more about how to handle a high-conflict divorce.

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