Once the court has determined that counseling is in the best interests of the children and that there is substantial danger to the minor children, the court must then enumerate the intended goals and expectations for counseling. This is an important step in the process because this will guide the counselor as to what the counseling must focus on. Once counseling begins, the counselor works with the parents and the minor children to fix the issues that originally brought the family into counseling.
Having a disinterested third party commenting on the case may be very helpful for a parent. It shifts the case from a “he said/she said” to a case with an objective witness, who can provide details to the court than the Family Court Services mediator may not be able to provide.
Parents should consider this option if they feel like there is “more going on” than the court or the mediator can see on paper or in the short mediation session. Call or Email the Inland Empire family lawyers at Bristol & Haynes, APLC for a free consultation if you are interested in this option.