Post-Divorce Families in Couple and Family Therapy
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Post-Divorce Families in Couple and Family Therapy.
Given that 40–50% of marriages end in divorce (American Psychological Association 2017), it is imperative, from a therapeutic standpoint, to contemplate the changes, challenges, and opportunities families face post-divorce. These issues might range from grieving the losses of the relationship, extended family, and plans for the future, to co-parenting challenges, behavioral issues in children, returns to family court to update custodial or financial arrangements, to the addition of stepparents, stepsiblings, and half-siblings. A couple can dissolve their relationship, and separate their household, but if there are children involved, post-divorce families, both nuclear and extended, often remain intrinsically intertwined. Regardless of age, or time passed, children of divorce carry the impact of parental separation. The legacy with which that leaves them will vary widely,...
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