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What is reunification therapy, and when is it necessary?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Child Custody |

Divorce, child custody, and other family law cases can involve tension and heightened emotions, possibly impacting how involved parties settle issues. Still, some scenarios can have conflicts that are so severe that they can cause irreparable harm to relationships between family members and affect their mental well-being. If you are in a similar situation, remember that courts can interfere to protect all parties, parents and children alike.

In some instances, the judge can issue reunification therapy. This method helps families develop healthy ways to interact and adjust to changing situations, allowing children to reunite with estranged parents. Typically, this option is only applicable for cases that meet specific conditions, including the following:

  • A parent is intentionally alienating the other party from their child.
  • The parent exposed their child to harmful behavior or misconduct that may have negatively impacted relationships within the family and their overall welfare.
  • The case involves mental health disorders or substance abuse, potentially estranging one of the parents from the child.
  • The family’s circumstances established barriers disrupting parent-child relationships.

This type of family therapy could be relevant, but the court’s determinations usually vary from case to case. Other factors could result in more complications, requiring more careful evaluations.

Evaluating each child custody case thoroughly

When settling child custody and visitation issues, you may misunderstand what the court intends to do based solely on their orders. Chances are, it shares the same goal as you: prioritizing your child’s best interests. Whether through recommending reunification therapy or other interventions, the court is responsible for putting the child first while allowing you and your former spouse to perform your parental duties. Nevertheless, the judge would only decide after thoroughly evaluating your case and your family’s needs.