Many spouses and parents going through a divorce and child custody case may believe there is value in using mental health professionals. This can be true, if you use mental health professional services correctly. This is a case of the right tool for the job.
Whether they help you and your children by counseling with you outside of the court proceedings or help by providing expert witness analysis and testimony in the court case itself, they can provide valuable help. But first, you need to understand what mental health professionals can and cannot do and what they are willing and unwilling to do for you.
Used properly, mental health professional services can ease the pain of divorce for parents and children alike. Used properly, mental health professional services can clarify and strengthen your case in court. But too often I see litigants using mental health professional in clumsy, ham-fisted, malicious, and counter-productive ways.
This October 16, 2018 article from Family Lawyer Magazine explains this distinction very well, and I commend it to anyone who wonders whether he/she should utilize the services of a mental health professional and how to do so effectively.
Mental-Health Professionals & High-Conflict Divorce: 7 Pitfalls to Avoid
From: Family Lawyer Magazine
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