Navigating a High-Conflict Divorce with Dr. Les Katz | Episode 113

Divorce at Altitude Podcast

No divorce is easy, but some are a lot more challenging than others. Exceptionally difficult divorces are referred to as high conflict, and in today’s episode, we are joined by an expert on this topic, Dr. Les Katz. Les is a psychologist who spent many years as a therapist working with families, and who now focuses on conducting evaluations to determine which actions would be in the best interests of the children in a divorce case. 

Children are very negatively affected by destructive conflict (as opposed to constructive conflict, which is actually beneficial for children to witness), and the impacts of a high conflict divorce can result in major internal (such as depression) and/or external (such as aggression) problems. Listen today to hear the common causes of a high conflict divorce, the importance of always listening to both parent’s story before jumping to conclusions, the role of medical professionals in a high conflict divorce, and what you can do to make things easier on your children if you are going through a high conflict divorce yourself!

Key Points From This Episode: 

  • The trajectory of a “normal” divorce (as opposed to a high conflict divorce).
  • Characteristics that can be used to identify a high conflict divorce.
  • Three common causes of a high conflict divorce (according to the Impasses of Divorce theory).
  • The importance of being open to both parents’ side of the divorce story. 
  • Emotions that people commonly experience when dealing with a divorce. 
  • Exploring constructive versus destructive conflict.
  • Examples of the impacts that destructive conflict can have on children.
  • The role of mental health professionals in high conflict divorces. 
  • Why parents should get to know an evaluator prior to hiring them. 
  • Navigating parental relocation in a high conflict divorce. 

What is Divorce at Altitude? 

Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. 

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