If a holiday gathering turned into a family battle this year, you may be struggling to decide the right course of action. Family conflicts are never easy to deal with. However, when there doesn't seem to be any way to overcome the issue, or the situation becomes hostile, they can be even more difficult to resolve. Here are four steps you need to take if you were involved in a family conflict during a holiday gathering this year.
Try to Work Through the Issue as a Family
If family conflicts boiled over into all-out battles this holiday season, the first thing you should do is try to work through the issues as a family. One way to do that is to schedule a family gathering so that feelings and issues can be discussed openly and fairly. Family conflicts can often be overcome when communication is open and honest. When seeking a place to have a family meeting about the conflict, be sure to choose a third-party location. That way, no one feels like they have the upper hand. It's important to note that if the conflict can't be resolved without assistance, it's time to look for other options.
Attempt Family Counseling
If you and your family are struggling to overcome conflicts that are affecting relationships, it's time to attempt family counseling. Sitting down with a counselor can help you and your family members identify the issues that are causing the conflict. Once those issues are identified, your counselor can help you create a plan that you and your family can follow that will provide the foundation you need to overcome the conflict.
Sit Down With a Mediator
If your family conflict involves legal issues, try to arrange a meeting with a mediator. One of the benefits of working with a mediator is that they can provide unbiased assistance where family conflicts are involved. They can also help resolve the conflict before the issues escalate into a more serious situation.
Seek Legal Assistance
Finally, if your family conflict has escalated into harassment, abuse - either emotional or physical - or laws have been broken, it's time to seek legal assistance. There are times when family conflict becomes so serious that the only recourse is through legal channels. If that's the case, a family law lawyer can help you through the process.
If your holidays have been marred by a serious family conflict, use the tips provided here to try and resolve the issues.