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(p. 19) The Role of the Courts in Supporting Therapeutic Interventions 

(p. 19) The Role of the Courts in Supporting Therapeutic Interventions
(p. 19) The Role of the Courts in Supporting Therapeutic Interventions

Nicholas Bala

, and Marjorie A. Slabach

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date: 26 October 2020

This chapter discusses the role of the family courts and lawyers in supporting, and in some situations limiting, the types of interventions that can be provided to children and their parents in high conflict coparenting cases. It is essential to have collaboration and communication between the judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals if there are to be healthy child outcomes. Increasingly, family judges recognize they have a responsibility not only to resolve disputes between parents, but also to protect the interests of their children, and to encourage a settlement if this is reasonably possible, as well as to hold parents accountable, if they fail to meaningfully engage in court-ordered interventions or parenting arrangements. There are a variety of ways that judges involve mental health professionals to help address family problems, including directing parents to mediation, parenting education, or family or individual therapy, or by appointing a mental health professional undertake an evaluation of a family and report to the court and the parties.

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