Divorce is hard, and counseling can be a valuable tool for emotional and psychological wellness throughout the process. However, many parents worry that seeking the help of a counselor or therapist might hurt their chances of gaining custody.

 

The short answer is that no, seeking therapy or counseling will not harm your chances of winning custody.

 

Judges usually prefer that if someone is having a hard time with the process that they seek help on their own, without court intervention. Additionally, voluntarily going through counseling adds another layer of structure and stability.

 

Very few judges will think, “They must have problems because they are seeing a therapist.” More likely, judges will think, “If I were going through this, I would need a psychologist too.”

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