The Benefit of Therapy in Family Court Litigation

In almost every divorce case, a family therapist ends up working with the family. Their end goal is to bring the family closer together and resolve things as safely as possible. If that mission is unsuccessful, the therapist can still testify about the relationships and interactions they’ve observed throughout the sessions. The family therapist normally comes in at the very beginning of the divorce process, and there is good reason for both parents to want them there.

For the custodial parent, using a family therapist can help eliminate future litigation. The most common problem between divorced parents is communication, especially if one of them has a new significant other. Having a neutral third party in a therapist (as opposed to a biased attorney) is a huge benefit to both parents. They teach divorced parents how to communicate in a better way so they don’t have to return to family court in the future (which no one wants to do.)

For the noncustodial parent, we always encourage engaging with a family therapist as soon as you can in the divorce process. The noncustodial parent will need the permission of the custodial parent (and sometimes the court,) as well as being required to offer the chance for the custodial parent to participate in the sessions with them. The therapist keeps records of all the interactions they observe, which can be useful in settling the case and improving the relationship.

A family therapist can be particularly beneficial if the noncustodial parent has been separated from their child for an extended period of time. The therapist can facilitate communication between them, and work to restore and improve their relationship.

A family therapist will also be necessary if the child is resisting or refusing to see one of their parents. This could happen during the divorce process or just as easily afterwards. These situations used to be known as “parental alienation” cases. Now in New York, they are known as “resist/refuse” cases. Psychological experts have proven that these cases are complex and delicate, and that it takes much more than the actions of one parent to turn a child against the other. There is typically a lot going on in these cases that a family therapist will help to uncover.

Family therapists are hugely beneficial in divorce cases, as well as for preventing or navigating issues after the divorce is finalized. To speak to someone about getting a divorce in New York, contact Andrea L. Gamalski Attorney & Counselor at Law today! We believe in caring for you so you can care for your family and your home.

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Andrea L. Gamalski understands how important it is to have a compassionate and empathetic family law attorney who fights hard for their clients in the courtroom–mainly because she’s been one of these clients herself.

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