How Parallel Parenting Can Remove Conflict from Co-Parenting

    What? Parallel parenting is style of coparenting that allows parents to reduce their communication with each other regarding the children. It gives each parent control over their parenting time. The parents do not consult each other about their own daily routines, rules, or decisions regarding the children. Keep in mind, all major decisions, such as medical for example, should be made with the other parent, pending parenting plan. Parallel parenting introduces the idea of “Mom’s World-Dad’s World” for parents to apply to their lives. A great example would be the following: Child: “Mommy doesn’t make me do my homework before …

    Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (TSV): Why should visits be therapeutic?

      What is Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (TSV)? Therapeutic Supervised Visitation, much like “regular” supervised visitation, allows a parent to visit their children in a safe and appropriate environment. Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (TSV), involves a mental health professional who provide s constructive criticism to the visiting parent. Additionally, the mental health professional is able to work with the visiting parent in resolving issues that may be preventing them from properly bonding or interacting with their children. A major component of TSV may also include parenting education. What situations would be appropriate for TSV? Situations where there have been allegations of child abuse or child …

      What Parents Need To Know When A Court Appointed Child Custody Evaluator Refuses to Release Their File For Review

        After receiving an unfavorable result on a social investigation (also referred to as child custody evaluations in other states), parents often feel like they have no options and will be forced to accept the report the court appointed psychologist issues. Fortunately, in Florida, there are laws in place which allow parents to request that the initial evaluators work product be reviewed by a second licensed psychologist, in an effort to determine if there are any serious flaws, biases, method problems, etc., which should be present presented to the court through rebuttal witness testimony. If there are legitimate concerns with the …

        Why Mental Health Consultation Works

          What. Hiring a consultation is almost like having a mental health expert on-call and at your service during your time of need. If you ever need to find out how to handle your former spouse, deal with a child experiencing troubling behaviors, or even just dealing with day-to-day struggles, consultation might be the option for you. We’re a forensic psychology practice and our main focus is in family law. We, more than anyone in the mental health field, understand the obstacles families deal with in divorces, child custody evaluations / battles, and just plain litigation. This means when you’re having …

          Parental Alienation & How to cope

            What is Parental Alienation (PA)? Parental Alienation occurs when a parent knowingly and purposely turns a child against the other parent after a divorce or separation. The child can begin believing the alienating parent and could potentially build an alliance, which then results in a damaged relationship with the victim parent who has been alienated. Child has bad behaviors after visiting with other parent? The effects of PA can be seen after the child returns from timesharing with the alienating parent. Some children may be vocal enough to say hurtful things like “I hate you” or “I’m not supposed to …

            Taking the conflict out of co-parenting after divorce

              It can be difficult to communicate with your former spouse after divorce. For this reason, we developed some tips to help you communicate, without the conflict. Always remember, to give us a call if you or someone you know, would benefit from our services. Keep things businesslike Use a strictly professional tone when communicating with the other parent. Avoid using endearments, sharing personal information, or behaving in a manner that can be deemed inappropriate in any way. An overly friendly demeanor can send mixed messages. Stay cordial, and keep emotions out of your communication. Always remember… Avoid using negative or …

              How to know when your parenting plan is negatively affecting your child

                What is a parenting plan? If you are divorced and you have a minor child with your former spouse, according to Chapter 61 of FL statutes you are required to have a document called a “parenting plan” that outlines when and where timesharing will occur with your child and the other parent. Typically, the parenting plan can be developed by you and your former spouse, the judge, a mediator, or between your attorneys. This document can be changed or modified if necessary through the court. There are situations in high conflict divorces, where parents will undergo something called a “Social …

                Reactive Attachment Disorder in Our Dependency Courts

                  What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)? RAD is a very serious disorder that must be identified before the age of 5 in children. According to the DSM 5, a tool mental health professionals use to diagnose disorders, RAD can be classified as a severe, but rare disorder. RAD occurs when the bond between the infant and the main caregiver is broken, or if the infant does not properly “attach” or “bond” with a single caregiver during infancy. Usually a child who suffers from RAD will either have issues forming new bonds or relationships with others, or they will be know …

                  Diagnosing in Therapy: Pros and cons of being diagnosed by your therapist

                    Many individuals seek out therapy for several reasons: stress, anxiety, depression, etc. What people may not know, is that many therapists will typically diagnose you, the client, with a clinical diagnosis that could potentially follow you in several ways, and could also hurt you in the future. What is a diagnosis? A diagnosis is the identification of several symptoms that typically occur together. For example, a therapist may diagnose their client with depression when they experience frequent tearfulness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in things they used to enjoy, and fatigue. It should also be noted that diagnosing is …

                    What does a biased child custody report look like?

                      Anchoring. One of the most basic forms of bias is called “anchoring.” In this situation, the child custody evaluator uses initial judgments and preliminary conclusions to make their decisions. This could hurt the outcome seeing as information that is gathered later, could be excluded or left out. The major problem with anchoring, is it can cast judgement over a parent using inaccurate information. Lastly, this bias can cost your case dearly if uncovered in court. Unbalanced Information. In a child custody evaluation, it is important for the evaluator to take an equal amount of information from both parents. Although, that …

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