There’s bound to be some conflict when a marriage ends. A couple might argue over who gets custody of the golden retriever or how to divide a retirement account. In many cases, spouses come to a peaceful compromise on their own or with the help of a divorce mediator, an attorney, or a financial advisor.
But when disagreements intensify to the point that they disrupt everyday life—or the lives of children—and no amount of refereeing works, the split has evolved into a high-conflict divorce.
Thankfully, relationship and communication experts have found ways to de-escalate intense divorce battles and offer practical advice to help minimize the fallout.