Can A Divorce Court Judge Order Counseling?

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Divorce puts a strain on a family.  There are no two ways about it.  Oftentimes, things get out of hand.   An extreme example of that is domestic violence.  On the other end of the continuum are solveable mental health issues, such as accepting the divorce in the first place.

If a spouse is having mental health issues, or if children are having social issues or trouble handling what is happening around them due to divorce, the judge can order the spouse or the family to counseling.  There are many specific instances where that is done.  For example:

In custody battles to help the judge determine what is in the best interests of the children

In cases where there is a stay at home mom

Where destructive behavior is apparent such as a spouse totalling a car or trashing a spouse’ office

In cases…

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