S. Margaret Lee, PhD

Attorney at Work: How to Best Use a Mental Health Professional

The role of the mental health professional (MHP) in Family law is evolving. Counsel are retaining their own MHP’s early in custody cases as “consulting trial experts”. Some MHP help prepare a client for the court custody evaluations or mediations. A “review expert” helps counsel analyze a custody evaluation for negotiation and trial preparation. Attorneys also use a MHP in preparation for “witness support”. The Collaborative Divorce model uses MHP as “coaches”. This presentation and the materials by an experienced mental health professional and a private judge discuss an Alternative Hybrid Model to assist counsel in the resolution or litigation of custody disputes. Spend one hour exploring this emerging trend. .