High Conflict Families

by | Dec 5, 2020 | Challenging Separations


Every year, over 1,000,000 couples are divorced in North America. Prior to divorce what factors contribute to high conflict family separations?

Statistically, high conflict separations are a small part of the total number of divorces, however, common law separations across North America are increasing therefore statistically there are no accurate records. There are also circumstances when high conflict families separate and don’t divorce for many years or even never divorce.

High Conflict separations can involve domestic violence issues, between spouses or sadly between a parent and child(ren). Alcohol, illegal drugs, gambling, financial issues, mental health problems, etc. are significant contributors to domestic violence across North America. We know that Family Courts are jammed with ongoing high conflict family disputes. These disputes often spill over and affect other family relationships such as between children and grandparents. We also know that Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive Parenting occur with increasing frequency. Frequently, financial disputes are a significant cause.

Mental health and legal professionals recognize that family pressures caused by financial issues and economic instability, mental health problems, children’s issues, domestic violence, personality control issues, and even the pressures associated with high-tech products, etc., contribute to staggering costs for society. When these family problems occur during separation they also contribute to exaggerated professional costs for that family.

Many excessive financial expenses parents incur during separation can be greatly reduced when both parents accept their current situation and find ways to cooperate in healthier ways. Family Mediators strive to be collaborative and find “win/win” scenarios for both parties. When you solve problems collaboratively, both parties save money.

Help reduce the number of "High Conflict Separations". It will make you feel better.