Divorce is a painful part of many lives even when you feel that it is best for you. When children are involved, the process can become that much more painful. Persistent, strained relationships between spouses take a toll on the children and lead to:
- low self esteem
- behavioral issues
- distorted views of relationships
Help your child cope through this transition by taking all the necessary steps a healthy divorce needs.
Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. For those undergoing the process of divorce and child custody, therapy serves as a pressure valve and a way in which all parties have clarity, insight and understanding of what is occurring when.
During the custody evaluation will I meet with the therapist individually to share my side of the story?
It is really important that the therapist have an accurate picture of the situation therefore we require that each party undergo an individual assessment before making a decision as to what is best for your child (children).
Will the therapist keep me informed with the process and their overall evaluation of the situation?
Yes our therapists are trained to explain our findings openly and directly to each party and how they arrived at their decision.
Divorce & Custody Includes:
- Child Custody Mediation
- Co-Parenting Counseling
- Parenting Plans
- Brief Focused Assessments
- Custody Evaluations
All Counseling Programs are based on the needs of the family. Each couple will undergo an individual assessment to ensure that each party has a chance to be heard!
Child Custody Mediation
Custody mediation helps both parties become aware of what is in the best interest of the child (ren) as opposed to what each person wants or thinks it should be. It allows each party to be heard about their needs and how to integrate those into a productive custody agreement. Mediation keeps the custody process from becoming adversarial and allows the parties to decide what custody will be rather than the courts deciding for them.
Parenting in two homes is a very different experience than parenting under one roof. In order for the Co-parenting relationship to be successful each parent has to be willing to give up control of what goes on in the other parents house. This allows for clarity and observing the values of the other parents thoughts and ideas around parenting. Each parent offers different qualities to parenting and when these qualities are nurtured each home can be successful.
Designing a good parenting plan allows the parents to work together to raise their children & share their time with the least amount of conflict. Parenting plans address the many different issues that may arise when co-parenting or services are the best.
Brief Focused Assessments/Evaluations
BFA’s are abbreviated versions of the full Child Custody Evaluations (which is also offered). It typically focuses on one or two specific issues rather than a more comprehensive assessment. It might be that when parents don’t agree on location for schooling, medical procedures, specific visitations issues, etc. they agree on having a BFA or the courts may order one. In contrast a Child Custody Evaluation is a full comprehensive assessment that pulls information from each parties’ individual assessment as well.
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