8 Guidelines for a Friendly Divorce

Susan Heitler Ph.D., Psychology Today, Posted Mar 08, 2012

I am an advocate of marriage. My work as a therapist, my publications and my collaborative dialogue skill-building website generally aim to help spouses grow the kind of relationship they had in mind when they vowed at their wedding to cherish each other forever.

At the same time, I am a realist. More or less half of folks who marry end up divorced. In divorce as in marriage, friendly trumps fighting for creating positive outcomes for everyone. A collaborative divorce process speeds up the inevitable grief at loss of what was and sets the stage for a better future.

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