Families in Divorce, Separation, or Custody Disputes
Information and Services
Thinking about or experiencing divorce, separation, or custody disputes is a hardship and an intense emotional process. The legal and emotional transition can feel complicated, stressful, and it is an area that you are learning to navigate. Often, therapists or coaches are not educated in family court matters unless they have additional training beyond their graduate education. Your therapist or coach should be already knowledgeable and able to walk alongside you. Professionals with this background can provide services better catered to you or your family's needs because they understand the family court system and the impact of divorce/separation on families.
Services for Families in Divorce or Separation
Divorce or Separation Contemplation
Divorce or Separation Initiation
Divorce or separation initiation is when the legal proceedings have begun or the transition from one to two households is occuring. Sometimes parents need their own individual coaching or therapy to navigate the divorce transition.
Sometimes, parents need coaching for their co-parenting to discuss the details of parenting from separate households and address the needs of children during divorce.
Other times, children can struggle during divorce as they are unsure of what the future holds for them. Children often internalize things and find it hard to talk to their parents. Child Therapy can be significant in preventing the long-term effects of divorce on child development.
Divorce or Separation Adjustment
After the divorce or separation occurs, parents and children must adjust to post-divorce relationships and life in separate homes.
For children, therapy may be important as the children are navigating their new family structure. Sometimes there is a strain in parent-child relationships after divorce and Parent-Child Relationship Repair (formerly reunification therapy) may be necessary to repair the relationships that are strained from the effects of the divorce.
For some parents, having a co-parent or parenting coach can be helpful to discuss different aspects of parenting between two households and make sure children's needs are addressed.
Lastly, individual coaching or therapy may be helpful for parents or individuals who are adjusting to the divorce transition. Whether it is from addressing mental health concerns in therapy to working with a difficult co-parent through coaching, professional services can help make the divorce adjustment future-oriented.