The behavioral models applied to marital therapy have had considerable impact on the practice of divorce therapy and mediation, particularly in managing and resolving the often intense relational conflict engendered by the decision to divorce and by the divorce itself. Most therapists helping divorcing couples utilize behavior management techniques to control conflict within the divorce process and to de-escalate postdivorce conflict. The divorce mediation movement developed in reaction to the adversarial nature of the legal system. Despite no fault divorce, the legal system works toward specifying the winner and loser in divorces. Divorce mediation borrowed heavily from conflict management techniques largely based on behavioral change approaches . Divorce mediation, although not therapy per se, may be therapeutic for both parties involved, and a marital therapist can often effectively refer a divorcing couple to a divorce mediation specialist when they both agree to keep the legal adversarial process to a minimum. A behavioral exchange framework can also be applied in deciding whether to divorce and recognize the point of no return, when the disadvantages of the marriage heavily outweigh the advantages.
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