We offer a wide range of divorce services and supports.
- Cooperative parenting classes
An 8 week Co-parenting class for families with mild to moderate conflict
Cooperative parenting and divorce is a 8 week psycho educational class, with 16 contact hours. Over the duration of this course, the focus is helping families adjust to the change through divorce, and how to best shield the children form the conflict. The purpose is centered around improving the quality of the parental relationships in families of divorce.
The focus is to:
- transition form spouses to co parents
- help parties to understand the impact of conflict on their children's development
- identify the conflict and assist in finding resolution and support
- work on anger management, conflict resolution and communication
- supporting the family and helping parents to develop a relationship focused on the best interests of the family, after separation.
This program is recognized by the courts nationwide.
- Co-Parenting Therapy:
- Reintegration Therapy:
- Parent/child conflict
We know how much you love your kids, but sometimes during an argument, it seems impossible to find middle ground. Parent/child conflicts can occur for countless reasons. Conflict is best resolved when all individuals involved are active participants in coming to a resolution. Often children argue when they feel powerless, we teach parents how to give their children choices and an active voice in the family. We encourage both children and parents to express their feelings, both comfortable and uncomfortable.
Communication is a very beneficial tool in resolving conflict. We teach parents to communicate in a way that they are respecting and validating their children. This helps not only in conflict resolution but in aiding their children to positive, healthy attitudes about themselves and others.
- Blended families
Changes in family structure involve adjustment time for everyone involved. With a little bit of guidance, most blended families can successfully work through their growing pains and live together happily and peacefully. Healthy communication, realistic expectations, positive attitudes, establishing trust, developing a bond and shared respect are some of the topics we like to focus on with blending families. As the families merge into one, other topics that often arise are differences in parenting, discipline, and general lifestyle. These topics can become a source of frustration for the children and the parents.
We want to help you facilitate a happy and healthy environment for your new family. We will encourage communication and healthy boundaries that are helpful for your individual family.
- High conflict divorce
High conflict divorce refers to divorce situations that can be characterized with any of the following: ongoing hostility between adults, drawn out, and /or frequent court proceedings, custody battles, abuse allegations, no-contact or restraining orders, inability to communicate about needs and care of children.
We seek to minimize the conflict and make your life more manageable so you can provide the best care possible to yourself and your family. Creating and maintaining healthy boundaries between yourself and your child’s other parent is crucial. Having a clear and thorough parenting plan and sticking to it with minimal changes can help minimize stressors and conflict in divorce situations. It is very important to care for yourself and get your own needs met, especially when going through such a stressful situation. We would like to help you navigate through the new challenges you face and create a happy and healthy home for you and your family.
Mediation is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties. We provide a third party (mediator) to assist parties in negotiation. Our mediator will use a variety of techniques and tools to improve the communication between the parties and aim to help the parties come to a mutual agreement.
During mediation the decision making power is strictly with the parties. The mediator does not make decisions or place blame, but rather aims to eliminate challenges with communication and minimize conflict and confrontation. Often agreements can be made through mediation, keeping the parties from going to court and having a judge make decisions for them.
- Parent cordinator
A parent coordinator is a neutral professional who helps separated and divorced parents to improve their co-parenting skills and problem solve in child custody disputes. A parent coordinator will work to aid the parties in conflict resolution and effective communication.
Often through parent coordination, parties will create a parenting plan and will go through the parent coordinator for any adjustments that need to take place in the set plan. In high conflict divorce situations, there are often circumstances that prevent the parents from communicating with one another. Communication can be done through the parent coordinator, taking the children out of the role of middle man, and minimizing stress and anxiety for parents.
- Child and Family Investigator
A “CFI” is a court-appointed professional assigned to investigate the parenting roles and make recommendations based on the best interests of the children. This process is most commonly done with a series of interviews and other tools of investigating relevant information and capabilities of parents, children, and involved family.
The investigation usually begins with meetings with each parent. Questions are then answered about the process, and additional interviews are discussed. The child assessment techniques include play therapy observations, interviews, drawings, and various children’s games. Additionally, interactive sessions between parent and child/children are scheduled. We make visits to each parent’s home, to observe family interactions and view the home.
All information gathered is reviewed. Each child’s present and future needs are taken into account. An understanding of each parent’s capabilities is looked at. Taking all gathered information into account, a recommendation is formulated regarding parenting time and allocation of parental rights of the family.
- Parent decision maker
Different from Parent Coordinators, Parent Decision Makers interpret the existing parenting plans and are assigned to make binding decisions which are filed in writing with the courts. One benefit of having a Parent Decision Maker is that often parents can more quickly resolve minor parenting disputes without having the added expense of hiring a lawyer or taking matters to court. Decisions are often made verbally between the parents and the Parent Decision Maker and then written up by and filed to the court by the Parent Decision Maker.
Using the cooperative parenting and nurturing parenting programs, this service helps families to gain therapeutic insight, build skills, and offers support and information as they develop their identity and work through the transition of day to day life as a divorced family.
Therapy designed to help reintroduce an parent into a child's life after a prolonged period of absence or after incidents of parental alienation. This therapy often includes individual sessions with both parents and children, as well as family sessions.