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Tips for Managing Conflict

Wendy Rubinyi, Instructional Design Specialist — Independent Contractor; Minnell L. Tralle, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency; and Heather M. Lee, Project Manager — Extension Center for Family Development

January 2012

Everyone experiences conflict from time to time. During a stressful situation, like a divorce or separation, conflict can become even more prevalent. When you experience conflict, there are often simple strategies you can use to reduce the magnitude or minimize the negative effects of the conflict. Follow these tips when dealing with conflict.


Clarke University. (n.d). Tips for managing conflict.

Michigan State University Extension. (2012). Conflict resolution: Five simple tips for handling a difficult situation.

Utah State University Extension (2012). Effective communication skills: Resolving conflicts.

Related resources

Managing Anger in Conflict — If you can keep a handle on the anger that you feel during conflict, it may help minimize the effects of that conflict. Everyone in your family will benefit.

Working Through a Conflict (PDF) — While conflict management is rarely easy, there are some established conflict management steps that can help work through conflict issues. Use this worksheet to guide you and the other parent through the process of identifying and discussing issues that arise during the family transition process and beyond.

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