High-conflict Separation and Divorce: Options for Consideration

2004-FCY-1E

8.  CONCLUSION

This paper has attempted to discuss high-conflict divorce in all its aspects. It has examined, in part, the harmful effects of high-conflict divorce on children, theories about what causes high-conflict divorce, the use of external markers to identify high-conflict divorce, and the legal response in other jurisdictions to high-conflict divorce situations. It proposes options for consideration ranging from moderate to radical, with the full understanding that progress in this area of law can only be achieved through cooperation among all levels of government in a manner respectful of each government's jurisdiction. It is hoped that this paper will contribute to a thorough debate by all stakeholders about the ways in which our present legal system should be changed to prevent or minimize the harmful effects of high-conflict divorce.

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