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No matter how necessary, divorce is, by nature, emotionally wrenching for all parties involved. Beyond the inherent conflict between separating spouses, this process may also lead to significant issues between other family members — including, most notably, divorcing parents and their children.

It’s possible to achieve a new normal, but far from easy. Reunification therapy may help, as we explain below:

What Is Reunification Therapy? How Does It Work?

Designed explicitly for separated families, reunification therapy aims to bridge the divide between parents and children, who may find their relationships strained due to the divorce process or ensuing issues produced through custody and parenting time arrangements. Although often delivered in a clinical setting, this effort can also take place in the home or in state-provided facilities.

Typically, the process begins with an intake session, which involves a thorough assessment of current communication styles and modalities. From there, therapists encourage family members to participate in carefully designed exercises or activities in an effort to build closer bonds and stronger communication skills. These activities may differ based on the age of the children or the current status of the relationship. In some cases, sessions emphasize game-like exercises, while others may focus on talk therapy.

Is Reunification Therapy Right For Your Family?

While reunification therapy can ease the emotional burden of divorce for many families, it is not a preferred solution in every situation. Typically, it works best when parents are engaged in the process. It’s not ideal for families in which a history of severe abuse or neglect exists — or when the parent is actively abusing drugs or alcohol.

As you focus on family matters, let the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. handle the legal aspects of your divorce. We can assist with everything from child support to custody. Contact us today to learn more about our family law services.