Category Archives: Separation

The Gray Divorce – Part 2

The Gray Divorce - Part 2 by Susan Ingram

{4:12 minutes to read}  In my last blog, I wrote about the general phenomenon of the Gray Divorce. This trend is continuing to grow as adults in their 50s, 60s and older divorce their spouses, frequently after many years of marriage. There are unique issues that need to be addressed by a couple that decides to divorce at this later stage of life.

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Taking the First Step Toward Divorce

Taking the First Step Toward Divorce by Susan Ingram

{2:54 minutes to read}  Rarely, when I see a couple for our first mediation session, do I find they’re in the same “place” emotionally regarding the end of their marriage. That’s not surprising, when you think about it. The principal reason marriages fail is due to inadequate or faulty communication. This lack of communication only worsens as the chasm between the couple grows ever greater.

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Mediation and the Decision to Separate or Divorce

Mediation and the Decision to Separate or Divorce By Susan Ingram

{3:10 minutes to read}  When couples first come to me as their mediator, they know that their marriage or relationship is not working and that they do not want to continue together as a couple.

  • Some tell me they want to proceed to divorce as quickly as possible;
  • Others are more comfortable working out the details of a legal separation and waiting to see how that goes before they decide whether, or when, to follow through with the divorce.
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Mediators and Mental Health Professionals: Working Together to Help Our Clients Through a Divorce

Mediators and Mental Health Professionals: Working Together to Help Our Clients Through a Divorce By Susan Ingram

{3:20 minutes to read}  Did you know that divorce and marital separation are the 2nd and 3rd most significant stressors in an individual’s life?

Studies conducted by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe in 1970 identified the Top Stressors in a person’s life. Their research continues to be valid, even 45 years later. Here’s their list of the Top Ten, in order of significance:

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