Linda Solomon, LPC, LCDC, LMFT
Collaborative Facilitator, Therapist, Trainer
Working with couples who are impacted by divorce
Divorce is something that impacts many people in our world; either their own divorce occurs at some point, or perhaps their parents divorced and they have memories of that experience. It is clearly a time of great change and, therefore, stressful for everyone. If there are children, no matter what their ages, they also are greatly influenced by their parents’ divorce. I work, in a variety of ways, to help families minimize the negative impact of divorce.
See the different ways I work with families below.
Helping couples through divorce as a Neutral Mental Health Professional
Many people who are divorcing choose the collaborative process. (For more information on this process, go to the website for The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.)
The collaborative process assembles a team of professionals to work with the clients. In addition to the lawyer each client retains, the collaborative process uses a financial professional and mental health professional, who participate in the process as neutrals and help the couple craft a divorce decree.
I helped to develop the role of the neutral mental health professional a number of years ago. This role involves attending all the legal meetings as a facilitator, and working with the parents, if children are involved, to develop an effective parenting plan and a positive co-parenting relationship. The neutral’s focus is to keep the well-being of the entire family as a primary goal.
Serving in a Parenting Coordinator role
Texas law allows a court to appoint a licensed and trained Mental Health Professional to work as a Parenting Coordinator. The Parenting Coordinator works with parents who want and need some support to develop a strong parenting relationship. I often work with couples, post-divorce, to strengthen their parenting relationship and improve their communications.
Helping parents develop Parenting Plans
Some couples choose litigation for their divorce process. I am often asked to work with those couples, by their lawyers, to develop a solid parenting plan. In addition, many parents need some suggestions on how, when and where to tell their children about the divorce. I have found that couples who spend the time to have all of these discussions in detail during their divorce have a stronger chance to develop a positive relationship post-divorce.