High-conflict divorces-- involving protracted litigation and continued acrimony between spouses-- stir intense feelings in all who deal with them. A recurrent problem in these divorces is that individuals surrounding disputing couples often are drawn into warring camps (Johnston and Campbell, 1988). What begins as a charged emotional dispute between one man and one woman becomes a battleground, pulling in increasing numbers of individuals who are swept up by the empassioned, one-sided arguments that each spouse makes: he or she has been mistreated, he or she is justified in seeking vengeance, the other spouse is a villain of unparalleled proportions. The alignment of professionals and others on one side or the other tends to escalate spousal conflicts, contributing to the damaging effects of the divorce on family members, especially children. Increased understanding of psychological factors that underlie this process can help those on the periphery of such divorces maintain a more even-handed stance.
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