When people with children divorce, most have to maintain some sort of relationship with their ex. Their role as parents, though changed, continues. While some couples find a way to have an amicable co-parenting relationship on their own, others need some help. These so-called "high conflict" couples can often benefit from family therapy, intervention, mediation or other types of support that can help keep their children from getting caught up in their parents' issues. They can minimize the negative impact of their parents' divorce on their emotional well-being.
Post-divorce family therapy can help parents work out a parenting plan that allows the children to feel safe and loved no matter which parent they are with and not be subjected to negative comments or actions by one parent involving the other. Sometimes, children of divorce can also benefit from therapy to help deal with the upheaval that their parents' break-up and possible ongoing battles have had on their lives. Since parenting plans will need to change as children get older and family circumstances change, such as with a remarriage or a move, regular review of this plan is often crucial.