A collaborative divorce is a process where the parties to the divorce work as a team with their attorneys and various professionals, such as a tax consultant, a child psychologist, a mental health professional, and others, to resolve their issues without court intervention. It is particularly beneficial to couples with children and helps them make parenting plans agreed to by both parents.
One of the benefits of a collaborative divorce is it gives a party who is full of anger a chance to work with a mental health professional so he or she can learn to control the anger, or let it go completely. If a person is really angry or resentful, they can schedule a meeting with just the mental health team member. This type of “off-line” meeting saves money since the other team professionals, such as the financial expert, child custody specialist, or child psychologist, don’t need to attend. Then, after the emotional issue is addressed, the team can meet at another collaborative session.
Most cases of divorce involve some level of anger, which seems to be on a spectrum. But even if there is a history of anger for one or both spouses, possibly even a history of family violence, the case can still be resolved in the collaborative process. In some situations, the anger may be suppressed. The person says, “of course I’m not angry!” But that person can still benefit from the collaborative process.
Benefits of the Team Approach to Anger Issues
One real beauty of the collaborative team approach to divorce is that if the mental health professional sees the need, they can recommend that the angry party should see their own private therapist or counselor, or pastoral counselor. After those sessions begin, and the anger has lessened, another team meeting can occur.
Courts Consider Getting Help for a Problem a Positive Thing
In most situations, there is no stigma with the Judge when a party gets counseling. In fact, it is often viewed as a positive thing. The Judge can be impressed that someone has recognized they have a problem, say with depression or anger, for which they sought treatment. This is much better than for a person to ignore or deny their problem, and then later spiral out of control.
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