Divorce, Children, and Reunification Therapy

Divorce is complicated and often has a high impact on the relationships between the children and the parents. Strained relationships may evolve for a variety of reasons to include conflict between the two parents, extended time apart, or a lack of time for a parent to spend with the children. Reunification therapy can be ordered by family court for therapeutic intervention when there is difficulty with the children visiting the noncustodial parent.

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Reunification therapy focuses on estranged parents and children. This court ordered therapy has varied purposes and goals which are determined by the court. Therapy is frequently used to reintroduce a parent and child to each other with the assistance and support of a therapist. The therapist is appointed by the court and is typically experienced in parental reunification.

Noncustodial parents will often request the court’s help to rekindle their relationship with their child when there is resistance from the other parent or when there has been alienation by the other parent. Removing a child from the middle of disputes between the parents is a common objective of reunification therapy. It can enable the child to have independent and loving relationships with each parent. Reunification therapy is particularly, but not only, applicable to high-conflict divorce. It can create a safe place for the parent and child to reconnect. This can also be very valuable when parents are recovering from substance abuse or has been the subject of claims of abuse.

Reunification therapy takes place in different settings and with different frequencies. It is often advisable for the parent and child who are in this kind of therapy to also take part in individual therapy. If you feel that you and your child may benefit from reunification therapy, contact your attorney for advice and to determine the best course of action.