Using Root Cause Analysis to Finally Break Old Patterns

Posted by Joseph Lento | Sep 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every problem in our life has a root cause, but we rarely take the time to pull up the root and take a look. We wonder why our relationships keep failing, or why we don't have the relationship with our children that we once envisioned. Or maybe the same bad scenario keeps playing out in our professional lives. The first step in breaking these patterns is identifying their root causes. A method known as Root Cause Analysis (RCA) can help.

What is Root Cause Analysis?

RCA is a method of determining the root cause of a problem so the issue can be addressed and fixed.

We often focus on the effects of our problems rather than the cause. For example, maybe you lost custody of your children. You might be focusing on that instead of addressing the underlying reason you lost custody. Using RCA, you may peel back the layers and find that you lost custody because you failed to speak up for yourself at the hearing. Digging deeper, you may find that low self-esteem was the reason you failed to speak up. With this knowledge, you can address your self-esteem issues and prevent the same thing from happening again.

The Basic Steps of RCA

RCA is relatively simple. First, clearly identify and describe the problem. Next, establish a timeline with the problem or issue as the last event. From there you can analyze the timeline and determine all of the causal factors down to their root. It might be useful during this process to draw a graph or visual representation showing the root cause leading to the problem.

The “5 Whys”

The 5 Whys are a useful approach in RCA. In this method, after you identify the specific problem you want to find the cause of, you ask yourself five “why” questions.

For example, you might identify this as your problem: “I missed a child support payment.” Five “why” questions for this problem might look like this:

  1. Why did I miss a child support payment? Because I forgot.
  2. Why did I forget? Because I can't keep track of everything in my life.
  3. Why can't I keep track? Because I'm unorganized.
  4. Why am I unorganized? Because I don't have the time to create a system for myself.
  5. Why don't I have the time? Because I don't have a support system to allow me some time to get my things in order.

The lack of a support system is the root cause of your missed child support payment. Now that you recognize this, you can look for solutions.

Helping You Make a Change

Remember it's never too late to break your patterns and make a positive change in your life. Try Root Cause Analysis. A fresh start is closer than you think.

If you need help with a fresh start in your child custody or support case, our Family Law Team can help. We can explain your legal options and how you might change your situation. Call the LLF Law Firm now at 888.535.3686 or reach out online.

About the Author

Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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