Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are one of many celebrity couples to announce they are going their separate ways this summer. The couple has made headlines for their continuing commitment to co-parenting their children and have even gone so far as to take the children on joint outings as a family.
The couple was recently photographed coming out of a counselling centre, and this led to some media speculation that they were attempting to reconcile. However, reports later surfaced that the parents made a decision to attend counseling through their divorce process to help smooth the transition for the children and work on keeping their personal issues out of their parenting relationship.
While it may initially seem odd to go to counseling with your ex after the decision to divorce has been made, it can be helpful in many ways. Divorce brings up many issues, and no matter how prepared you think you are to deal with your ex as a coparent and keep your relationship civil, it’s very common for situations to get contentious as the parties move forward with their lives, establishing separate residences, executing the visitation schedule and even dating other people.
Keeping the lines of communication open with your ex is crucial to keeping a divorce centered on the two most important aspects: property division and the best interests of any children involved. Attending counseling as a couple or as a family if the children are not too young can help give everyone a safe space to express their feelings and work through budding issues before they become legal battles.
Source: International Business Times, “Ben Affleck-Jennifer Garner Visit Marriage Counseling Center To Make Divorce ‘As Easy As Possible’,” Minyvonne Burke, Sep. 04, 2015
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