Child Specialist

Minimize the Effects of Divorce on Children with a Child Specialist

If you’re divorcing and have children, its effect on them is of great concern. Regardless of children’s ages, divorce is stressful. Understanding and addressing their needs can significantly reduce the stress and improve the likelihood of healthy long-term adjustment.

In the midst of divorce, it can be difficult to have emotional distance and intellectual objectivity, and rarely does one parent credit the other with perfect judgment and indisputable positions. In the Collaborative Process a Child and Parenting Specialist (CPS) can really help.

The CPS offers a range of services for children at any point in the divorce process and beyond. 

Early services include:

  • Education of both parents on the range of effects of divorce on children and on the factors that impact child adjustment
  • Helping parents recognize children’s reactions that may not be outwardly apparent
  • Consultation on communication that affects the child (with the child, with each other, with outsiders such as school personnel, and extended family)
  • Consultation on constructive methods of dealing with conflict
  • Consultation on, or development of, a Parenting Plan responsive to the needs of the particular children
  • Assessment of and consultation on addressing special needs in the context of divorce.
Later services include:
  • Consultation on introduction of new relationships and lifestyle changes – including re-marriage and step-families
  • Measuring the effects of geographic and /or school changes
  • Consultation regarding economic changes.

Early engagement of a Child and Parenting Specialist can unite parents on subjects related to their children. Developing a relationship with this professional can also provide neutral, trusted assistance with unforeseen issues that could affect the children in the future. Successful cooperation related to the children can also reinforce your overall commitment to collaboration.

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