Successful conflict resolution in intimate relationships requires essentially different strategies than does conflicts in busoiness or professional relationships. Because intimate relationships are more fragile in nmany ways than other relationships the relationship requires greater priority than the subject at issue.
Marriages don't break. They slowly erode and starve to death as distractions from kids and careers sap the vitality of the relationship because couples neglect the care and feeding of the marriage.
When a partner has had an affair and the couple is divorcing, divorce mediation is more challenging because the other spouse may insist that the affair was the only reason for the divorce and that the guilty spouse should be punished. But insistent reality testing on the part of the mediator should help both spouses to take responsibility for making the mediation successful.
Most men don’t know how to apologize. In intimate relationships an effective apology can quickly heal an inadvertent injury. Similarly, an ineffective apology or the complete failure of an apology can cause an inadvertent injury to be experienced as a major wound to the relationship.
If you know the truth about divorce settlements it could save you thousands of dollars. Almost all divorces settle along very predicatable norms and cases only go to trial when one or more lawyers or clients are nuts.
Divorce is both a legal process as well as a psychological process. The legal process is important but the psychological process and how it is played out by the couple largely determines the tone and the nature of the divorce.