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Learn more about divorce,counseling,consultation,parenting evaluations,co-parent counseling,education and dispute resolution.
 

he decision to divorce sets in motion a series of transitions requiring psychological, physical and financial adaptations on the part of all family members. The following information outlines the scope of divorce related services available to you including: counseling, consultation, parenting evaluations and co-parent counseling.

Divorce Services

 

Counseling: Divorce Process and Post Divorce: Counseling during divorce focuses on providing strategies and support to reduce stress, and education to prepare families for the legal process and the anticipated grief, emotional reactions, and practical concerns. Counseling post divorce may occur anytime over the child rearing years as the needs and demands of parents and children change. The emphasis here is placed on developing coping mechanisms, and parenting skills in keeping with the developmental needs of the child(ren). In situations where a parent has been absent from a child's life for an extended period of time, counseling provides education to both parents supporting an emotional safe re-entry of that adult into the child's life.

Consultation: Review of Reports, Visitation Schedules, Collaboration: The consultation process involves reviewing reports and providing education. Parents may require input regarding the clinical and practical meaning of reports/documents and alternative suggestions for visitation schedules and adjunct professional services.

Parenting Evaluations: Permanent Plans and Modifications: Parenting evaluations are stipulated or court mandated in cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse of children, or mental illness of the parents. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation include: residential placement, visitation schedules, decision-making allocation, dispute resolution options, counseling and educational needs. The evaluation consists of interviews with each parent, parent/child observations, collateral interviews, investigation of allegations, psychological testing (by a clinical psychologist) and review of relevant legal documents. The findings are reviewed with the attorneys of both parents and documented in written format for legal purposes.

Co-Parent Counseling: The degree of parental conflict following divorce appears to be a primary factor in determining the emotional well-being, academic and social adeptness of the child(ren). The objective of co-parent counseling is to diminish conflict, improve cooperation between parents, and reduce post divorce litigation. The goals for counseling include: enhancement of communication, development of negotiation skills, parenting education, reinforcement of structure and boundaries, facilitation of consistency across households, and acknowledgement and respect for the significance of the other parent in the child's life. Co-parent counseling is a therapeutic modality and is not to be utilized for legal purposes.

Mediation: Mediation is a form of dispute resolution whereby the mediator serves as a neutral agent to facilitate negotiations between two parties. Within the family/domestic mediation domain this may include revisions to visitation schedules, transferring and transportation of the child(ren), decisions regarding school, religion, medical care, extra-curricular activities, and allocation of financial responsibility for schooling, activities, and medical care. Agreements are documented and provided to the parents either as an understanding between the two of them, or to be submitted to their attorneys to be drawn up into legal format. Modifications of child support schedules are to be conducted via legal counsel.