Category Archives: Family

When a Child Refuses to See One Parent Following a Divorce:  Intensive Intervention Models

Angela Bissada,Psy.D. I often receive calls from parents or family law attorneys asking that I see a child and a parent for “reunification,” “reconciliation,” or “facilitative” therapy.  The caller usually describes a situation in which, following a divorce, a child has refused to see one parent and expresses a clear preference for the other.  The […]

Divorce and School Aged Children

Children are always a major point of a divorce no matter what the circumstance. It often comes down to one of two scenarios: one parent ends up being a ‘deadbeat’ and never has any contact with the children; the two parents work well together for the benefit of the children no matter what their personal […]

Which Divorce Would You Rather Have?

Which Divorce Would You Rather Have? by Michelle Daneshrad, CFL-S Completion Law Firm, Woodland Hills, California Isabelle is standing at the top of a sloping brick driveway. Her sister stands beside her. She is practicing in her mind the words she was trained to say. As her dad’s red SUV finally reaches the front door, […]

The Thistles In Our Collaborative Divorce Garden

In Collaborative Divorce, the attorney’s job is not to undermine opposing counsel, their clients, or their positions. Rather, the lawyer tries to empower his or her own client and foster an environment where everyone including the other spouse can express themselves and reach a settlement in a healthy way.

Avoid Self-Justification For A Smoother Divorce

Avoid Self-Justification For A Smoother Divorce by Dr. James E. Walton, Ph.D., LMFT, North Hollywood, California The majority of couples who end up getting divorced experience a gradual drift away from each other over the course of their relationship. It usually comes on slowly and gradually through a pattern of blaming the other and […]