In this article, our Orange County child custody attorneys will discuss court ordered counseling in family law cases. The goal of this article is for our child custody lawyers to help you understand under what circumstances the Family Court will order counseling, what findings it must make to do so and what your options are regardless of whether you request the counseling or wish to oppose it.
Any time there are contested custody or visitation issues, the Family Court can order parents to participate in counseling with a licensed mental health professional or other types a counseling services. This counseling can take place for up to one year. The purpose of the counseling is to cause effective communication and parenting between the parents and the child, consistent with California’s best interest of the child standard. Family law judges do not want to see conflict over custody and visitation. The best child custody attorneys recognize such conflict quickly and, if the issues cannot be resolved, seek family court intervention quickly. Most of the time, when counseling is ordered, it is designed to reduce or eliminate that conflict and only after mediation between the parents was not successful to resolve the disputes. [Read more…]