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High asset divorce: Can therapists help the process?

Trained counselors and therapists exist to help with many aspects of life. Couples in Pennsylvania who are considering a high asset divorce likely are aware of the services therapists can offer to married couples, and many couples may have received counseling. Recently, several therapists were interviewed to find out if they ever suggest that a couple end their marriage.

Although interviewees cannot answer for all therapists, they answered to what is considered best practice and ethical among those in their field. Therapists have discovered over the years that the best practice is to never directly offer advice to a couple but to encourage a couple to explore their own feelings on the subject. If directly asked if a couple should receive a divorce, couples are often asked to discuss their strengths, weaknesses, deficits and the reasons they married in the first place. After discussing many of those topics, couples are encouraged to answer their own questions.

Unfortunately, therapy does not benefit many couples. Most couples struggle for an average of six years before seeking the advice of a therapist. The longer a couple has struggled, the less likely therapy will offer any benefit to maintain a marriage. In many situations, each spouse is offered individual counseling before completing therapy together. If abuse is suspected in therapy, a therapist is required by ethical code to provide information for an abused spouse to leave a relationship.

Often, couples seek a therapist's advice to help them navigate the emotional and painful process of a divorce. In addition to a therapist, the right family law attorney can assist any couple processing a high asset divorce to proceed through the process as amicably as possible. Couples often find a Pennsylvania attorney's assistance beneficial in the time following a divorce, when any questions, concerns or agreement amendments might need to be made.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Do Couples Therapists Ever Suggest Divorce?", Brittany Wong, April 2, 2018

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