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SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
Despite the best efforts and intentions of one or both parties, sometimes a marriage can end in separation or divorce. While separations usually result from serious unresolved conflict and differences, the movement to divorce need not be considered inevitable. Counseling can be very beneficial not only to pursue possible reconciliation, but also to minimize the conflict and stress that comes with separation.
The dissolution of a marriage relationship can be disruptive on many levels:
• Because marriage is often experienced as one of the most significant of adult decisions, separation or divorce can bring a disorienting blow to one’s sense of self.
• On a practical level, divorce is expensive, and it is frequently accompanied by financial strains.
• Most importantly, separation or divorce can impact the emotional health and welfare of children who still need a secure attachment to their mothers and fathers even when that attachment is disrupted by separation or divorce.
Counseling can afford individuals a context for healing and growth during these difficult times; estranged parents can also use counseling to keep the needs of their children in mind and hopefully minimize their distress.