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ERIC Number: ED151717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-14
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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A Lawyer/Therapist Team Approach to Divorce.
Black, Melvin; Joffe, Wendy
The high incidence of divorce today has surfaced the emotional/legal issues involved in the divorce process. Mental health clinicians recognize the severe emotional trauma which divorced couples experience. The interdependency of the marital relationship is severed and each member must face that loss. A continuing relationship is often required with the involvement of children, but divorcing couples frequently become stuck in the pain of the separation and do not know how to relate in their new divorced status. The advocacy position of many lawyers tends to reinforce the conflict between the couple, and results in exorbitant legal fees. Therapists and lawyers can work as a team to help make the divorce transition less expensive emotionally and financially. The counselor helps the couple communicate effectively by differentiating the emotional from the legal issues, while the lawyer acts as an arbitrator in the negotiation of the divorce settlement. Such a model is presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (San Diego, California, October 12-15, 1977)