Divorce Stress Can Be Life-Altering
Dothan, AL (PRWEB) September 29, 2011
Divorce Tool Box pre-divorce coaching provides an alternative to prolonged, high-conflict divorces that are known to create even more stress than is inevitably to be expected during such a life-altering event as divorce. Avoiding the heat—and expense--of legal battles involving alimony, child custody, visitation, and child support issues is the goal of Audrey Silcox, a Certified Divorce and Family Mediator, who recently founded Divorce Tool Box, a division of Sildrey Corporation.
“A case in Hendersonville, Tennessee that concluded just days ago, didn’t involve violence, as some other headline cases in recent months,” says Silcox. “But when I read on MSNBC.com about this possibly precedent-setting divorce settlement in Tennessee, and that the couple had been battling over an earlier court ruling for four years,” says Silcox, “I felt strongly that working with a divorce coach long before they both got so financially--and emotionally--invested in winning, could have helped enormously, sparing them each much time and expense, not to mention stress.”
At issue was Craig Gonsewski’s effort to overturn a Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling that had ordered him to pay $15,000 a year in alimony to his ex-wife for the rest of her life, or until she remarried according to MSNBC.com. On September 20, the state Supreme Court overturned that decision, citing that Johanna Gonsewski is healthy and earns about $72,000 a year.
Silcox continued, “Legal fees and court costs—for each of them over these four years—surely must have exceeded $15,000. But after 16 years of working with divorcing couples, including as a court-appointed mediator, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is to help resolve these divorce conflicts before they become so costly in every way.”
Silcox recalled news earlier this month from the Family Law Center in downtown Pittsburgh, as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where a man and woman involved in a child-custody case were arrested after their domestic dispute escalated into a full-scale confrontation involving sheriff’s deputies, two of whom suffered minor injuries. And in April, bond was set at $1 million for an ex-Marine, 28-year-old Paul Henry Gonzalez Jr., for allegedly beating his wife in a judge’s chambers after he was angry about having to pay child support and was angry with Judge Ronald Rothschild’s visitation ruling.
“NBC Miami reported authorities saying that the man grabbed his estranged wife around the neck and repeatedly punched her in the side of the head after the court proceedings,” noted Silcox. “This is stress taken to the extreme, and again, I can’t help but feel that a number of preliminary divorce coaching sessions could have greatly defused the volatility of this situation before it got so out of hand.”
Located in Dothan, Alabama, Silcox provides divorce coaching anywhere, at anytime, via 45-minute telephone sessions to clients in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, or wherever they prefer to communicate. Initial contact with potential clients is made either by phone at (251)639-5788, or online. Silcox then follows up with a phone call to schedule a free half-hour phone session to explore how customized divorce coaching pertaining to that particular individual’s, couple’s, or family’s needs can help resolve issues before costly legal meetings and processes begin.
“It’s widely known that children also endure stress when their parents divorce,” Silcox added, “but it was documented in the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that of the more than 1.25 million children experiencing maltreatment during the study—that’s one child in 58--family structure was a great predictor. For children living with a single parent, abuse increased by 22% and neglect increased by 36%. At the same time, these rates decreased for children living with both parents, by 42% and 33% respectively. I envision the day when divorce coaching is such a standard practice prior to entering the legal arena, that resolving conflicts in advance pertaining to child custody, child support, and visitation rights will so greatly reduce the stress of divorced parents that their children will suffer less stress, abuse, and neglect, as well. That is my goal.”
Divorce Tool Box is a new program providing telephone coaching by an experienced professional for individuals or couples contemplating or currently undergoing divorce. Custody parenting plans, assets and liabilities, division of property and money matters including child support, along with emotional support are some of the issues addressed in customized, confidential, and convenient phone sessions to help people make wise decisions before entering the legal arena. This guidance can help ease a difficult process as well as save countless hours and costs in legal fees. Appointments are made by phone at (251)639-5788 or online at http://www.DivorceToolBox.com .