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3 ways to reduce conflict during a divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2021 | Divorce

Often, divorce is looked at from the perspective that one party wins and the other loses badly. However, this is not necessarily always the case, nor is it always the ideal situation for either spouse.

Reducing conflict can be in the best interests of all parties, particularly if children are at the heart of proceedings. As a result, it may be beneficial to look at methods that can make the process much less adversarial. Outlined below are three ways to reduce conflict during a divorce.

Don’t give in to every single demand

A surprising way to reduce conflict is to not simply bow to all the demands of the other party. Frequently, individuals want the process to be over quickly, which may lead them to completely neglect their own interests. However, this can cause greater conflict in the future, especially if one party feels aggrieved after proceedings have concluded. Ensuring that a divorce settlement is actually fair to all parties could be the best way to prevent future disputes.

View divorce as an opportunity for new beginnings

It is not uncommon for spouses to enter divorce proceedings with the motivation to punish the other party. However, the reality is that this can be counterproductive. Entering divorce proceedings with a positive outlook can significantly reduce the potential for conflict. Spouses who treat one another with dignity and respect frequently find the process runs more smoothly, and they might even be able to remain civil with each other post-divorce.

Try not to involve other family members

At times, individuals can lash out if they do not receive the desired response from the other party. This may lead to attempts to involve other people, such as family members. Nonetheless, this is rarely beneficial and could result in unnecessary complications as well as additional stress and conflict.

Recognizing some useful methods of reducing conflict could assist with the divorce transition. Also, it is important to remember that you have legal rights as a spouse in New Jersey.