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Mental Health Professional Resources During a Divorce or Custody Dispute

Who Pays For The Mental Health Professionals?

Mental health professionals often bring their expertise to bear in difficult divorce cases involving children. Their skill can be particularly useful when it comes to helping parents deal with the life changes involved and, most importantly, helping children cope with the stress.

However, hiring such professionals can be quite costly. Who will pay for divorce counseling? Will it be the responsibility of the father or the mother? Typically, the court will decide who has to pay – and that’s why it’s so important to retain a skilled lawyer. Your attorney can advocate for you and defend your economic interests.

At the Law Office of David A. Kazen in Austin, Texas, we provide the vigorous and caring representation you need. Our mission is to help you obtain the mental health services you require for your family, without compromising your financial security.

Attorney David Kazen has more than 20 years of experience and is board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This means he is ideally equipped to address these kinds of complex divorce and custody concerns.

What Type Of Certification Should You Look For in a Mental Health Professional?

Mental health professionals come in a wide variety, including:

  • Licensed marriage family therapists
  • Masters level therapists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Parenting facilitators
  • Forensic psychologists

Our lawyer has the in-depth knowledge necessary to advise you about:

  • What kind of professionals you need
  • How their involvement may impact your divorce or custody battle
  • Who will be billed for their services

Be Aware: Mental Health Professionals Can’t Switch Roles

There are ethical guidelines governing mental health professionals. Generally, those guidelines permit the professional to either play a therapeutic role or a forensic role when assisting a family or individuals, but the professional cannot serve in both roles or switch from one role to the other.

Understanding whether the mental health professional’s role is therapeutic (helping people address their personal issues) or forensic (evaluating and reporting) is critical to navigating the impact the professional may have on a divorce or child custody determination. Attorney Kazen can guide you through this important process.

 

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