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This blog post was published by Familyaffaires.com.    During an episode of The Affair, Helen, the STBX of Noah, says during a mediation session with an attorney, “If we go to court, it will get ugly. And we’re not ugly people.” As a divorce coach, I do see ugly. I see ugly when client’s motivation is primarily to harm the partner. Divorce is difficult. Hey, breaking up is hard to do. But going to court is UGLY.

When you engage in a court proceeding, the assumption is dishonesty exists. People aren’t telling the truth about their finances. People lie about their parenting skills. People tell egregious lies about their former spouse, often a parent to their children. [Read more…]