There is no such thing as divorce…It is impossible to end a relationship. It is only possible to change it. Marriages cannot be ended… We can tell each other that they ended, we can even get government officials to declare they ended but we cannot end them.
The quote above is from Debbie Ford’s book, “Spiritual Divorce” and excerpted from the 2014 Advanced Training Manual of the New York Association of Collaborative Professions and the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group.
Once you have committed your heart to another person, you may revoke the commitment but not the reason you initially made it. At some point, the partner you now wish to leave was compelling enough for you to have pledged yourself, to him or to her, forever. Though you may desire to completely eradicate the relationship from your life, especially if you have children, it’s unlikely that you can erase the way that you have changed as a result of the marriage.
Further proof of the permanence of the past resides in the precious faces of your children, which can bear a resemblance to the partner your may wish to never see again. Acknowledging the good that resulted from the marriage will increase future communication between you both which is crucial to cooperative co-parenting post-divorce. Collaborative divorce can help you accomplish such a goal by emphasizing the constructive roles you both share in raising your children [or decreasing the stress of emancipated children]. A Collaborative divorce preserves your parental relationship rather than contributing to a negative dissolution of the bonds between you, as often occurs in a litigated divorce. Collaborative professionals are sensitive to the various needs of parents and children [young and older] and committed to helping the whole family move forward in a restorative manner.
Pamela Zivari, Esquire