Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in separation or divorce. Divorce and separation do not dissolve the family; rather it becomes a two-home structure as opposed to a one-home structure.
Hostility and aggression can place a tremendous strain on the development of a child. It is how parents navigate separation and divorce that determines the effect of this traumatic life event on their children. How parents interact and manage their new family dynamic influences a child’s ability to adjust.
The process of conscious uncoupling and transition to collaborative parenting is challenging, yet essential to reduce the adverse effects of this life situation.