The Divorce Process - Preventive and Prescriptive Approaches

Published: 08th February 2010
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Most social and socio-economic research reports seem to that with the growing women's population in the industrial workforce, divorce is in an all-time high and in United States alone, about 55-60% of first-time marriages end up in divorces. Even if one has to review the worldwide reports and divorce data, one will be shocked to discover that divorce has pervaded all parts of the world and cut across all economic segments. If one had to believe the worldwide trends and divorce study reports, then this social ill or social reality will continue to strike families all over the world.

The causes behind a divorce are many, sometimes explicit and sometimes implicit. Basically, two different approaches have been taken to contain and mange this social ill:

The first approach is preventive:

To provide sufficient counseling and support to a couple contemplating divorce so that the inevitable "divorce" is their last option after exhausting all other options of saving a marriage or family.

The second approach is prescriptive:

To provide adequate legal, financial, social, and familial counseling to ensure that the "separation" and "divorce" are as smooth and painless as they can be.

Amicable Divorce Settlements

The simple logic behind the second approach is that if a divorce has to happen, it must at least happen amicably. Most social research indicates that divorces that end in amicable settlements, leaves the involved family members in least trouble after the divorce. Ex-spouses coming out of bitter divorce battles often continue to hold grudges against each other that often lead to crime.

Support Groups for Divorcing Couples

Many support options are available for divorcing couples, and in modern society, individuals do not feel comfortable involving parents, relatives, or close friends in their daily emotional battles, simply because this external interference or involvement may be viewed as "hostile" and "taking sides" and can lead to further problems. So, resentful couples should look for support in the following places:

Usually, couples start going to individual lawyers or legal counsel to discuss money matters and possible division of joint assets

Many couples have to accept drastic financial changes that the threat of a divorce may bring but in most cases, financial counselors provide sound advice to prevent the couple from going broke over a divorce

Couple should seek joint or individual counseling to discuss their emotional problems and probable remedial strategies

Couples with children should certainly go to family/ social counselors to help the child or children adjust to the idea of a family break-up. More importantly, family counselors help all the involved family members realize their changing roles in the family during and after the divorce.

The divorce process, if tackled wisely from the very beginning, can help alleviate the pain and despair that it brings to the entire family. Divorce may be approached in a systematic manner by exploring a little bit of both the preventive and prescriptive approaches before making the final decision; by planning to resolve issues in an amicable manner; and by taking adequate counseling supports from the various support groups locally available to a family.Jane Cooper writes for a divorce attorney in Austin who practices Austin collaborative law divorce.

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