What’s the Role of the MHP in a Collaborative Divorce?

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Most people think of therapists as “shrinks”.  They do psychotherapy or psychological evaluations.In Texas Collaborative Law cases, we generally use a neutral therapist or mental health professional (MHP) to work with both parties.  The MHP does not do therapy for either party.  Instead, we rely on him/her to help in many other ways.Here is a list of some of the …

Do I Really Need an MHP (Mental Health Professional)?

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Sometimes, people start to wonder what they’ve gotten themselves into.  They go in to hire an attorney to do a Collaborative Divorce and they end up with a lawyer and a shared therapist and shared financial advisor. So, why should they feel good about working with a neutral mental health professional (MHP)?  Here are some of the benefits: Communication Facilitator.  …

What if You’re Uncomfortable Talking About Your Case?

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If you enter into a Collaborative Law procedure, you should expect to speak up for yourself, but don’t feel overwhelmed if you are not comfortable speaking to your spouse or others in that context. You will have the support of your attorney, the neutral mental health professional and possibly a coach. For context, you should keep in mind that, in …

You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Benefit from the Mental Health Professional

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Collaborative lawyers in Tarrant County, Texas will almost always insist on using a neutral mental health professional (MHP) in a major role in a Collaborative Law case here. Although the Collaborative Law statute doesn’t require the use of an MHP, there are few, if any, cases started in Tarrant County that don’t include an MHP. If you are considering whether …

You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Benefit from the Mental Health Professional

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Collaborative lawyers in Tarrant County, Texas will almost always insist on using a neutral mental health professional (MHP) in a major role in a Collaborative Law case here. Although the Collaborative Law statute doesn’t require the use of an MHP, there are few, if any, cases started in Tarrant County that don’t include an MHP. If you are considering whether …

Dealing with Anger

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Collaborative divorce is often described as a peaceful means of settling very difficult family issues. Just like in litigated cases in the court system, Collaborative divorces sometimes experience displays of anger between the parties. That is unavoidable, and it may not be all bad. Anger is a natural and very common aspect of divorce. Virtually everyone going through a divorce …

Stop Re-living Someone Else’s Past!

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Tracy Stewart is a CPA in College Station and a very active neutral financial expert in Collaborative cases. She is also a very good writer and produces an excellent blog, the Texas Divorce Finance Blog. She mixes common sense, good financial advice and very appropriate suggestions for Collaborative cases. She recently posted about a common problem that many people face. …

Introducing Parents’ New Boyfriends or Girlfriends

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One of the significant benefits of using Collaborative Law and including a child specialist is that the parties can make thoughtful and appropriate decisions about how to best introduce their children to new adults in the parents’ lives. Sam Hasler’s Indiana Divorce & Family Law Blog has had two recent posts on the topic of visitation, children and sleep overs. …

What You Can Learn from a Divorce Coach

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I have just run across another blog about Collaborative Law. It is from Maryland and it has some really good posts about Collaborative Law. The posts show some of the variations in how the Collaborative process is used in various states. The blog is called Divorce Without Dishonor and is written by Michael A. Mastracci of Baltimore. I recommend that …

I’m Not Crazy — Why Do We Need a Therapist?

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Collaborative Law divorce cases in Texas more and more are relying on a single neutral mental health professional (MHP) and a single neutral financial professional (FP) to assist the attorneys and parties. Some people resist bringing in the MHPeither because they think the cost will be too great or because they don’t think they will need the help. I’ll deal …