In my experience, when parents who are in a contentious divorce, custody battle, or any legal matter that also involves a child, it is crucial to begin by seeking a court-appointed custody evaluator or psychologist. A custody evaluator will then be able to do a thorough assessment of the family and child to determine treatment needs; this may include parents seeking their individual counseling and referrals to a therapist who specializes in working with children of divorce/separated families. A court appointment custody evaluator or psychologist will be able to make appropriate referrals and recommendations for the family to the courts.
It is out of my scope of practice and have no experience in treating children who are impacted by the parents’ contentious divorce, custody battle, or any legal matter that also involves the child. I am not able to provide the level of care and attention that the family needs. Click here to get a list of custody evaluators in Orange County that has been approved by the Orange County Court.