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Dealing with High-Conflict Divorce

Not many people endure what is known as high-conflict divorce. What is it and what can you do if it happens to you?

High-conflict divorce is characterized by destructive ongoing conflict between partners and the entrenched use of family court. In cases where couples are unable to agree on virtually any arrangement without a court ruling, the tendency of court and other officials is to label both parties as uncooperative.

With this unsympathetic view, the court can make life difficult for a spouse victimized by a high-conflict partner. Characteristics of a high-conflict divorce include:

  • Legal proceedings that span years after a divorce is granted
  • Involvement of children in court proceedings
  • Use of multiple mental health professionals, financial experts and expensive evaluations
  • Appointment of multiple agents of the court, including a parenting time expeditor, custodial evaluator and Guardian ad Litem
  • Extensive legal debt
  • Failure of alternative dispute methods
  • Distortion campaigns by one party against the other

For those victimized by a high-conflict partner, the route to a new life is blocked and quickly becomes financially inaccessible. Legal proceedings drag on and the lives of children are altered by court rulings that may not really support their best interests.

If you believe you are dealing with a highly combative spouse, consider these tips:

  • Retain experienced, strong legal counsel who is willing to stay the course of your case.
  • Structure contact with your spouse through email to minimize opportunities for disagreement and abuse.
  • Ensure legal documents like orders are as legally airtight as possible.

The only remedy to high-conflict divorce is experienced legal help. If you have questions about a difficult, contested divorce, speak with a skilled family law attorney in Minnesota.

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