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Divorce Counseling Morgantown WV

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. Read on for more.

Tracie Corder
(304) 291-4303
Morgantown, WV
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Agnes Perkins
Morgantown, WV
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Joan Evans
(304) 685-3590
Morgantown, WV
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nancy Taylor
(304) 363-3341
Fairmont, WV
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jill Greenwood
(724) 437-0729
Uniontown, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Spraggins, T. Jane LCSW LPC
(304) 291-3858
40 Linden Street
Morgantown, WV
 
Deborah Beazley
(304) 293-1377
Morgantown, WV
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, School, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Sandra Perine
(304) 292-3575
Morgantown, WV
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jennifer Lytle
(724) 438-4960
Uniontown, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Riffe & Riffe Counseling
(304) 296-2357
270 Walnut St
Morgantown, WV

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11 Quick Questions about Divorce

11 Quick Questions About Divorce


1. How does the quality of one's relationship with their ex-spouse influence the psychological adjustment of their children?

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. When parents model angry, selfish and bitter interaction with one another, their children learn that these disrespectful behaviors are the protocol for how people should be treated. It is no wonder that children from high conflict divorce have a higher incidence of failed relationships later in life. I believe this is why.

2. You write, "Smart parenting is all about trading the momentary relief of venting anger and frustration at your co-parent for the benefit of raising healthier, more productive, and less stressed children." How can a parent deal with their anger in a healthy way that does not cause more pain to their children?
Break a clay pot, scream into a pillow, make a voodoo doll out of modeling clay. Do what ever you want (as long as it is legal and outside of your children's presence) but do not expose your children to toxic emotion. Oh yes, and read my book.

3. How can a person de-escalate the conflict between themselves and their ex-spouse?

It takes two people to fight. The key to de-scalation is ignoring insult and offering reasonable compromises. This takes practice because often, in poor co-parenting relationships people cannot resist the urge to fight fire with fire. Actually to continue the imagery, it is best to fight fire with water. Parents often ask, "Why shoud I give the co-parent what he/she wants?" The answer to this is "because when you can, and when it doesn't much matter one way or the other (i.e. an extra few minutes here and there) the reduction in conflict benefits the kids."

4. What is the "package" that can make a difference in the quality of communication between the ex-spouses?

Resist the urge to "dig" or "poke" with sarcasm and direct insults. Understand that if you hate the co-parent, it is more difficult to love the part of your child that came from the co-parent. Take relief in the fact that any communication you have with the co-parent has a beginning and an end (at least for the moment) and when the contact is over you don't have to go back home and sleep with them.

5. Can you share with us some practical tips for negotiating with a former spouse who is a jerk?
Again, realize that giving in on minor issues is not a sign of personal weakness; on the contrary it is s sign of strength. Understand that what makes people as difficult as they are is that they "enjoy the fight." Fighting, bickering and nitpicking is feeding a part of them that they enjoy -- and that most likely y...

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West Virginia Legal Requirements for Divorce

Waiting Period
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"No Fault" Grounds for Divorce
Separation (1 yr.) §48-5-202; irreconcilable differences §48-5-201.

Residency Requirements
If cause is adultery, one party must be resident at time action brought; if defendant is nonresident and service cannot be effected within the state, the plaintiff must have been a resident for 1 yr. prior to commencement of action. If ground other than a

Defenses to a Divorce Filing
Condonation; connivance; plaintiff's own misconduct; offense occurred more than 3 yrs. prior to divorce action; collusion is not a bar §48-5-301; adultery: voluntary cohabitation after knowledge.

Code Section
48-5-101 et seq.

Other Grounds for Divorce
Adultery; cruelty or violence; drug/alcohol addiction; insanity (confined for 3 yrs. prior to complaint); conviction of crime subsequent to the marriage; neglect or abuse of child; abandonment or desertion for 6 mos.; irreconcilable differences if other party admits. §48-5-201; also lived apart without cohabitation and without interruption for one year.

From www.statelaws.findlaw.com