“Children in high-conflict families are like prisoners in a war zone. They will say and do whatever they think is necessary to survive.” (Eddy, 2012). Research has shown that prolonged stress can trigger the release of cortisol in one’s brain and body. Over time, this can create damage, especially in the developing brain of a child, to the corpus callosum, which helps the left and right sides of the brain work together. We also know that prolonged stress is often present in … [Read more...]
The Emotional Task of Divorce
Emotions During Divorce The decision to end your marriage is not just a legal proceeding, but an emotional task that will influence the agreements you make and determine the outcome of your divorce settlement. While different people experience their feelings in different ways, most would agree that the loss of any important relationship will result in an emotional response that could be as severe as that of a death in the family. Although this response is normal, the result is often distorted … [Read more...]
We’ve decided to get a divorce – when and how do we tell the kids?
If you’re reading this article, chances are that you and your partner have decided to divorce and you are wondering how to tell your children with the least amount of upset possible. While your pre-schooler may not have ever heard of the word divorce and probably will not have any idea what this means, your school-age child will more than likely understand that this means the ending of their parents’ marriage. Regardless of their age, your children will have questions and may experience some … [Read more...]