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Emotional detachment is helpful in divorce

People going through a divorce are likely all too familiar with the high emotions that run through the entire situation. Overwhelming feelings such as anger and hurt can cloud judgment and make it incredibly difficult to make rational thoughtful decisions.

Although it may be very challenging to keep emotions in check when it comes to divorce, there are many benefits to making this important effort. Here are just a few things to reflect upon when it comes to dealing with emotions during the divorce process.

Anger leads to bad decisions

Spouses will have to make a wide range of very important decisions regarding their future and that of their children, if they are parents. The importance of maintaining a rational and emotionally detached perspective when undertaking these decisions is crucial. Making decisions out of anger can lead to bad decisions that then may be more difficult to correct later on.

An article in The Atlantic cited research on how anger increases risk-taking and diminishes peoples' ability to accurately assess the danger level of those risks. The last situation in which someone should be taking uncalculated and dangerous risks is during divorce proceedings. A rational, level-headed approach that manages to put anger aside will result in outcomes that are more balanced and satisfying in the long run.

Divorce options

Staying calm may seem impossible, no matter how important it is. However, to neutralize the hard feelings, the couple can work with a mediator who helps them identify what they truly need and want. Mediation can help reduce strife and acrimony between the couple, which in turn can lead to more positive and collaborative decision-making. If sitting down together at the negotiation table is too difficult, even with the mediator present, a couple may still be successful by meeting with the mediator separately and avoiding face-to-face confrontations.

A mediated divorce can help a couple moderate their emotional responses and work toward a solution that will serve them effectively in the years to come.