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High Conflict Divorce

Separation and divorce are some of the most common life stressors that families experience, impacting a family for many years. As a result, the increased parent-parent hostility that develops into High Conflict Divorces can trigger parental alienation, which can create negative psychological concerns, such as increased anxiety and depression, and behavioural problems, such as increased delinquency and poor performance in school, in children 

 

Definition

High Conflict Divorce (HCD) occurs when families experience ongoing conflict in which one or both parents demonstrates intense post-separation hostility, such as verbal and/or physical aggression; strong emotions, including feelings of anger, fear, doubt, sadness, frustration, and hopelessness; and an inability or refusal to communicate or act in a collaborative manner that prioritizes the children’s well-being over the parent’s pride 

Common Signs
  • Intense post-separation hostility such as verbal and/or physical aggression 

  • Strong emotions, including feelings of anger, fear, sadness, frustration, and hopelessness

  • An inability or refusal to communicate or act in a collaborative manner that prioritizes the children’s well-being. 

Is it Time to Make a Change?

Unfortunately, families with children can never fully divorce from each other as they need to maintain a relationship as parents, placing their children’s needs at the forefront of their divorce or separation. Through the process of Family Reunification Therapy, parents can resolve their hostile parental conflict, allowing them to reunite the entire family in a positive, secure, respectful, and trustful way. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our team.