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It’s All Your Fault episode 307

Surviving High Conflict Divorce, Custody Battles, and Parental Alienation

Navigating High Conflict Divorce and Co-Parenting

In this episode of It’s All Your Fault, hosts Megan Hunter and Bill Eddy answer listener questions to provide guidance on high conflict divorce and co-parenting dilemmas.

Ending a Divorce Dispute with a Self-Unaware Ex

The first response is to a listener asking how to finalize a divorce when a spouse lacks self-awareness. Bill explains not to expect insight from highly manipulative people. He advises weighing options and setting limits versus seeking concessions.

Making Mediation Work with a High-Conflict Ex

Next, they tackle a question about mediating with an inflexible ex-spouse. Bill recommends one or two sessions maximum before assessing if it’s futile. Megan underscores making self-directed choices to end unproductive mediation.

Coping with Extreme Parental Alienation

Finally, they discuss dealing with an ex-spouse severely alienating children after divorce. Bill outlines common alienating behaviors and options like counseling or temporary custody change. Megan emphasizes understanding personalities aids strategic response.

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t expect self-awareness from high-conflict people
  • Choose your battles wisely when negotiating with exes
  • Set firm limits on fruitless mediation efforts
  • Recognize and address alienating behaviors proactively
  • Personality insights assist responding strategically

Bill and Megan share hard-won experience navigating the rollercoaster of high-conflict divorce and co-parenting.

Links & Other Notes:

Note: We are not diagnosing anyone in our discussions, merely discussing patterns of behavior.

Hosted by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Megan Hunter, MBA, It’s All Your Fault! High Conflict People explores the five types of people who can ruin your life—people with high conflict personalities and how they weave themselves into our lives in romance, at work, next door, at school, places of worship, and just about everywhere, causing chaos, exhaustion, and dread for everyone else.

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