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Benefits of including a mental health professional in a divorce

There are some problems that are difficult to navigate alone. With regards to divorce, this process could be challenging due to the complex nature of the situation, the emotions involved and the number of people that could be impacted by the decisions made during the process. Even if the spouses are able to collaborate and work through the process together, there could still be hurdles to overcome. Divorcing couples in New Mexico should consider the different types of tools and aids they could use whether they choose to go through litigation, mediation, collaboration or a combination of any of these methods.

Because emotions can fog the decision-making process, some divorcing spouses include a mental health professional in the process. Divorce is often an overwhelming experience, and including this professional in the mediation process could aid the process and help maintain a focus on the needs of the spouses and those of the children if the couple has any.

There are various types of mental health professionals, and depending on the situation and the needs of those involved in the process, one might be more helpful than another. A therapist or a counselor could help a spouse manage their divorce and help them understand what to expect both during the process and post-divorce. In addition, if children are involved, the mental health professional could be very helpful with meeting the needs of the child, especially if there are child custody issues.

Electing to include a mental health professional in a divorce helps calm emotions, clarify expectations and could help spouses navigate difficult issues. Moreover, the counselor or therapist could meet with one spouse, both spouses or even the entire family. This could help spouses work through emotionally driven issues. Lastly, if a spouse or a child is suffering a mental illness, it might be a good idea to include a mental health professional in the process.

Navigating a divorce can be challenging and divorcing spouses should understand that they have various options and methods to address their divorce problems. The assistance of a medical health professional or other professionals could help ease the process and help them reach an amicable divorce agreement. Those struggling with the emotions of divorce, are considering seeing a counselor or are dealing with other divorce issues should understand their legal rights and options.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Using Mental Health Professionals in Divorce," Caroline Choi, Feb. 18, 2015

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