The Dynamics of Interparental Conflict Surrounding Divorce and Custody in the Home and the Collaborative Movement between Mental Health Professionals and the Judicial System

There is widespread acceptance that children suffer greatly from ongoing conflict between their parents. When children of conflicted parents encounter destructive interparental conflict pre or post-divorce, they are at an increased risk of developing emotional problems. Externalized feelings may result in increased aggression and conduct behaviors; internalized feelings may contribute to anxiety and depressive symptoms. In an attempt to lessen the amount of repeat high conflict cases found within the courts, while striving to maintain the best interest of the child; the judicial system and the mental health field have collaborated together to develop and implement voluntary and mandated strategies and techniques. These programs help conflicting parents gain the tools to effectively co-parent children successfully and effectively practice constructive conflict resolution skills. The purpose of this paper is to explore the different levels of interparental conflict within the home pre and post-divorce and look at how destructive interparental conflict surrounding the issues of divorce and repeat litigations affects children emotional health and the different programs that the court system utilizes.
Keywords: interparental conflict, judicial system

Traci Page
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