Minimizing The Damaging Effects Of A High-Conflict Divorce
A high-conflict divorce can place a tremendous amount of stress on you and your children, especially in terms of finances and child custody. At Rombro & Manley LLP in Manhattan Beach, California, we are well-versed in the sensitive nature of high-conflict divorces and are prepared to help you navigate through this complicated process. We will advocate for your rights and the rights of your children, and will handle as many details as possible to ease your stress and avoid traumatic experiences for your children.
If you are anticipating a high-conflict divorce, you need a team of skilled and compassionate attorneys on your side. Contact our law firm today to meet with an attorney to discuss your needs and concerns.
What Is A High-Conflict Divorce?
Generally speaking, there are three different types of divorces. One is polite and is conducted in a business-like manner, and another is friendly and amicable. The third, and by far the most stressful, is the high-conflict divorce. While in the other two situations, the separating couple may have their disagreements, they can usually come to a reasonable compromise. In a high-conflict divorce, however, the couple typically disagrees on almost every issue.
When children are involved, these disagreements can be heightened. A high-conflict divorce can take an extreme emotional toll on everyone involved. These cases are often traumatic for children — even those who are older — and can force family and friends to take sides, heightening the trauma experienced by children.
Conflicts That Arise In High-Conflict Divorces
When children are involved, custody is often the main source of conflict. Determining child custody and visitation is a major source of contention, and often puts children in the middle. This can cause rifts between children and their parents, with children feeling anger and resentment toward one or both parents.
Finances are another hot-button issue in high-conflict divorces, especially when the couple has accumulated significant assets during the marriage. Additionally, agreeing on spousal support, or alimony, and child support, as well as determining who gets the house and other properties, can lead to even more conflict.
When domestic violence is part of the relationship, divorce can be even more stressful and traumatic. The abuser may be angry and defensive while the victim must repeatedly face his or her abuser, and fight for safety and custody.
Short- And Long-Term Effects Of High-Conflict Divorce
A contentious divorce is likely to have both short- and long-term effects on both parties and their children. Both adults and children are likely to suffer from depression or physical health complications as a result of the constant stress. Additionally, in especially traumatic cases, it is possible one or more parties involved may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Both children and adults may require some form of therapy or counseling for months or years to come. It is possible that a high-conflict divorce could impact the ability of both parties — and their children — to have healthy relationships later on.
You Need A Team Of Attorneys On Your Side
To minimize the amount of trauma and emotional damage, you need to work with an experienced team of family law attorneys. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a skilled divorce lawyer. You can also call our office at 310-545-1900 to speak to a member of our team.