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Alternative Dispute Resolutions: Remedies for High Conflict Separation and Divorce
Typically separated parents travel a rough road in the first few years as they transition into single parenthood. Their own emotional needs and the emotional needs of their children, new financial realties as well as employment and social adjustments will often take their toll on the relationship with their children's other parent. Often times this relationship can be quite conflictual in the first few years after separation. Children from highly conflicted separation and divorce suffer higher rates of health and physical disorders, emotional difficulties, mental health disorders, accidents, alcohol, and substance abuse, decreased self-esteem and increased rates of suicide. Most parents will be able to recognize the importance of a harmonious relationship to their children's optimal development and find ways of dealing with the conflict appropriately.

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Spare the Children: The Emotional Impact of Separation and Divorce
For some, divorce can result in greater stress, anger and emotional pain than the death of a spouse. Separation and divorce require innumerable life adjustments for both parties, including residential changes, new financial realities, employment adjustments and social transitions. Children face similar transitional adjustments such as, coping with the separation from each of their parents, new homes, different rooms, and possibly new neighborhoods, schools, daycare arrangements, financial status, extracurricular activities and friends. Sometimes a parent's new partners and his or her children are thrown into the mix.

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