Deteriorating family dynamics threw our family into an unexpected divorce with young children. The initial crisis continued as unresolved issues began unravelling. Conflict was high. Chaos reigned.
I know all too well how parents can be left struggling with circumstances beyond their control. Their children may already be suffering from high conflict, unpredictability, and even distrust in their parental relationships. This is the kind of trauma that, if continued, heals only with enormous care and, even then, not quickly or easily.
Our collaborative divorce process stabilized the snowballing effects of our family crisis. As parents, we were shown how best to protect our children by focusing on the quality of the co-parenting relationship that lay before us. With predictability and lowered conflict, we were able to make informed decision in our children’s best interests and craft a post-divorce plan that fit our family.
Katie Berry is a divorced mother and collaborative divorce lawyer. She is a 1988 cum laude graduate of Texas Tech Law School and a Haynes and Boone alum.