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New approaches to divorce seek to eliminate negative effects

When couples in Hudson, New Jersey, consider divorce, they often worry about how it will affect them, their loved ones and any children they share. This is because divorce and family law possess a stigma of causing emotional harm to those that are involved. Though the association of lasting psychological damage and divorce has been supported by many studies, it does not need to be apparent in every split. There are alternatives to the traditional divorce and many are poised to help couples get through divorce without tearing their sanity apart.

As mentioned, many researchers have found that divorce can create emotional damage for children and spouses that go through a divorce. Despite study after study, few people have attempted to change the process. In a typical divorce, litigation is the route of most actions. This means that a divorce settlement is hashed out in court in front of a judge. The two spouses are represented by themselves -- or, more wisely, legal professionals -- and are practically pitted against each other in a battle for property and the kids.

It's no wonder why litigated divorce is often perceived as causing emotional damage. Divorce is often a high-conflict situation that is only exacerbated by the adversarial approach of litigation. Instead of this, there are the options for collaborative law and mediation.

Both of these allow spouses to collaborate on their divorce settlement without meeting in court. Instead of attacking one another, they work together on a compromise they can agree upon. Other organizations are working on shortening the amount of time it takes for attorneys to do paperwork through new software, cutting down on costs for clients. Making both sides of the divorce aware of the effects that a divorce can have also creates compassion and empathy between the splitting spouses, allowing them to collaborate more efficiently.

Source: VentureBeat, "Wevorce wants to make divorce suck less," Rebecca Grant, March 26, 2013

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