The High-Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide

The High-Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide


Reclaim Your Life One Week at a Time

By Megan Hunter, MBA and Andrea LaRochelle

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By Megan Hunter, MBA and Andrea LaRochelle, RFM
Foreword by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.


Divorce is hard enough even in the best of circumstances. But what if:

  • your spouse is trying to turn the kids against you?

  • your ex is hauling you into court over every little thing?

  • you’re being falsely accused of child abuse or domestic violence?

  • Worst of all, what if you’ve been cut off from your children entirely?

High-conflict divorce is just about the most devastating, soul-wrecking experience imaginable. The unrelenting chaos and pain can leave you exhausted and despairing. Legal fees can become a huge strain. And most importantly, there’s the impact on your children, who may be grappling with anxiety, struggling at school, acting out, or turning to substances to cope.

How can you keep it all together? In The High-Conflict Co-parenting Wellness Planner, high-conflict divorce experts Megan Hunter and Andrea LaRochelle offer hope and a wealth of advice. The healthier you are as a parent, the better you’ll be able to help your children. Week by week, the authors guide you in taking care of yourself while navigating conflict. You’ll learn practical strategies for handling the most common co-parenting scenarios. And you’ll discover new ways to manage your own anger, worry, fear, stress, and grief.

As hard as it may be to believe right now, it is possible to move beyond the conflict. You can overcome the alienation, regain your balance, and ultimately find freedom – from the overwhelming feelings, from the drama, and from your ex’s hold on your life. This book shows you how.

Book Details

Publication date: coming 2019
Pages: 237
Binding: layflat
ISBN (print): 978-936268306
ISBN (ebook): 9781936268931

Megan Hunter, MBA, is an author, speaker, and expert on high-conflict disputes and complicated relationships. She is CEO and co-founder of the High Conflict Institute, and CEO/founder Unhooked Media. Megan has provided training in the U.S., Australia, Israel, Canada, and South Africa on managing high-conflict personalities, specializing in Borderline Personality Disorder.  She was Family Law Specialist at Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, and a member of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. She is co-author of Dating Radar with Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., and author of Bait & Switch.

Andrea LaRochelle is a Registered Family Mediator with over fifteen years’ experience helping families through the challenges of separation and divorce. She is a trainer and speaker with the High Conflict Institute and serves on the board of the Alberta Family Mediation Society. She specializes in showing parents how to improve co-parenting communication and manage conflict more effectively, so their kids can focus on being kids. She is author of I’m Done!: Take Control of Your High Conflict Divorce’ and the Goodbye Bugs children's series, including: Goodbye Angry Bugs, Goodbye Teary Bugs, and Goodbye Worry Bugs.


Bill Eddy is an award-winning author, lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the "High Conflict Personality" theory (HCP Theory) and is an international expert on managing high-conflict disputes.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College.


Week 25: Nice

Week 26: Hope

Week 27: Fair

Week 28: Despair

Self-Care Check-in (end of 7th month)

Week 29: Procrastination

Week 30: Crumbs

Week 31: Balanced

Week 32: Learned Helpless

Self-Care Check-in (end of 8th month)

Week 33: Digestion

Week 34: Pleasers

Week 35: Triggered

Week 36: Boundaries

Self-Care Check-in (end of 9th month)

Week 37: Invisible

Week 38: Simple

Week 39: Happy

Week 40: Permission

Self-Care Check-in (end of 10th month)

Week 41: Self-love

Week 42: Numb

Week 43: Anger

Week 44: Bliss

Self-Care Check-in (end of 11th month)

Week 45: Terror

Week 46: Mourning

Week 47: Unconditional Part 1

Week 48: Unconditional Part 2

Week 49: Brave

Week 50: Cultivate

Week 51: Freedom

Week 52: Find the Good

Self-Care Check-in (end of 12th month)



About the Authors

Table of Contents


How to Use this Guide

Have. Feel. Move.

Self-Care Assessment

Week 1: How Did This Happen to Me?

Week 2: You Don’t Need Fixing

Week 3: Until’isms

Week 4: I’m in a Hurry

Self-Care Check-in (end of 1st month)

Week 5: Side-effects

Week 6: Perfect

Week 7: Unfair

Week 8: What If

Self-Care Check-in (end of 2nd month)

Week 19: Indecision

Week 10: Hate Part 1

Week 11: Hate Part 2

Week 12: Exhale

Self-Care Check-in (end of 3rd month)

Week 13: Paralyzed

Week 14: Control

Week 15: Chocolate

Week 16: Easy

Self-Care Check-in (end of 4th month)

Week 17: Martyr

Week 18: Boundaries

Week 19: Trust

Week 20: Guilt

Self-Care Check-in (end of 5th month)

Week 21: What If

Week 22: Unsettled

Week 23: Resistance

Week 24: Pause

Self-Care Check-in (end of 6th month)