In contentious and high-conflict cases between parents, a mediator may choose to show both parties Point C as food for thought, either at the very start of the mediation process, or at any time thereafter.
A therapist, counselor, or other mental health professional may find value in showing the video to parents undergoing litigious divorce proceedings, as a conversation starter in helping the clients think about and reflect upon their own actions and approaches and their potential emotional impact on the child(ren) involved.
A family law attorney whose client is seeking to over-aggressively battle the other side in ligation over every issue large and small, rather than attempting to peacefully resolve the matter through negotiation and compromise may wish to play Point C for the client to potentially help the client think about the potential unintended consequences of parental warfare in family court. Sometimes, two opposing attorneys may even jointly agree to show Point C to both parties together.
A judge who is conducting a status conference in a case involving an endless, non-stop battle between two separated or divorced parents over their child may consider the possibility of suggesting to the attorneys that the parties may consider watching Point C, as a way of possibly helping the parties move off of a potentially disastrous path of perpetual litigation that may be highly contrary to the best emotional interests of the child, and move toward a fresh start through more peaceful and mutually respectful settlement negotiations.
A child advocate trying to help safeguard the best interest of a minor child may consider in some circumstances recommending that parents who are involved in hostile divorce litigation watch Point C, particularly if circumstances reflect that the parties by their conduct are unintentionally but genuinely putting the child’s emotional health and well-being at risk.
A professor teaching law students and/or undergraduate pre-law students about family law may wish to consider the potential benefits of discussing with students the reality that the responsible study of the subject may involve not only analyzing substantive rules, laws cases, and policies but also considering the often-detrimental impact which contentious litigation may have on a minor child’s mental and emotional well-being. This point is particularly relevant since many such students will be future legal professionals, and it is arguably in society’s best interest that lawyers in this field of study focus on how the adversarial system may itself cause negative consequences for a child long after the “legal issues’ are formally resolved.
A life coach working with a client who is undergoing a highly contentious court battle concerning a child may consider it helpful to show "Point C" to the client as a way of initiating a discussion of possibly changing one’s approach away from high-level animosity, and more towards a calm, mutually respectful approach with an ex-partner when possible.
Sometimes, even the most calm and reasonable of parents may find themselves acting in an unreasonable manner in a contentious divorce. Point C may potentially help some parents take a necessary step toward evaluating their own conduct in the litigation and determining if a more constructive, less contentious approach may be more helpful in moving the case closer to settlement.
Even if one is not personally undergoing divorce proceedings, the high divorce rate in the United States makes it very likely that nearly every person will at some point know another person who is undergoing a divorce. By suggesting to friends, family or colleagues who are involved in a divorce that they may possibly benefit from watching Point C, the educational message of the story can spread and hopefully help reduce the occurrence of unnecessarily hostile and sustained litigation.
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