High-Conflict Divorce and the Impact on Children

- Gary E. Williams

It has long been a common assumption that children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced at some point in their own lives. For the most part, this assumption has been affirmed through psychological studies.

However, a recent study published in Marriage & Family Review exploring the impact of divorce on individuals later in life pointed to an increasingly volatile factor influencing divorce today – high-conflict. Specifically, the study found that individuals who experienced high-conflict situations as children were more likely to get divorced during adulthood.

High-Conflict Divorce Cases

High-conflict divorce is an area of family law that can be extremely detrimental to all involved, especially children. When divorcing parents cannot agree on any terms, including those concerning their children, it can cause extraordinary stress, adding to an already stressful situation.

Divorce is never easy. Some cases involve a greater degree of conflict than others, which can prolong proceedings for months or even years, depending on the parties and other factors involved. Though battles can be waged over anything, some common situations in high-conflict divorce cases include:

  • Alimony
  • Child custody and support
  • Parental rights and time sharing
  • Division of property and/or other assets
  • Domestic violence

Oftentimes, high-conflict situations can bring divorce proceedings to a stalemate, and they can even make mediation difficult, since high levels of animosity tend to undermine any cooperation or agreement.

It is also worth noting that, in the state of Florida, there have been significant changes to state statutes regarding alimony and time-sharing – changes that could impact your case directly.

That’s why it is so important to enlist the assistance of a qualified, assertive family law attorney, who can offer guidance during divorce proceedings, and even handle your case in a trial setting, if necessary.

Finding a Family Law Attorney You Can Trust

If you or someone you know is experiencing a high-conflict situation, or if you are looking to end a high-conflict marriage, it is critical that you contact an attorney that specializes in family and marital law. Only a qualified attorney can review your case according to current state statutes, and offer a recommendation for resolution.

In Florida, the Law Firm for Family Law serves as the premier legal resource for residents in and around Pinellas County. Our firm is also home to one of 18 Board Certified Experts in Family and Marital Law, and features a team of attorneys that focus specifically on family law matters. From the ground up, our firm is committed to giving your case the full attention it deserves, even if that means representing you and your case in court.

Give us a call today (727) 531-8737 to schedule a complimentary initial case consultation.