The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law recently attended the Annual Family Law Conference in Vail, Colorado. One of the seminars they attended was “Before the Cough Breaks: Strained Parent-Child Relationships on High Conflict Divorce.”
Characteristics of high-conflict divorce cases involving kids include at least one of the parents having extreme derogatory views of the other parent, extreme blaming between one or both parents, poor co-parenting communications, personality disorders or mental health conditions for one or both parents, and third parties (i.e. attorneys therapists, teachers and other professionals) get drawn into the conflict.
Early intervention is necessary before too much damage occurs for the kids. Child therapy may help kids adjust to the “new normal” of two households, and parent education can assist the parents in responding appropriately to their child during this tough process. Family therapy could also be an option to help the divorcing parents and their children work through the hurt and disappointment of divorce, as well as develop new skills and perspective.
Call the attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law if you need assistance advocating for your children. It’s important!
Originally published 9/4/2018