Divorce and Post-Divorce Expertise

I provide support, information, and coaching throughout the initial stages of divorce/separation and post-divorce with individuals, co-parents, children, adolescents, and families.

I assist in understanding the legal process in Georgia (not able to provide legal advice). I can create and develop specialized Parenting Plans that cater to the specific needs of the children and their development. This includes Parent Coordination to divorced parents who have high conflict post-divorce.

You will learn effective communication and conflict resolution skills. Divorce Mediation is also provided as a cost-effective and alternative dispute resolution to help keep families from having to pursue the stress of litigation.

Divorce Support

 Whether you are contemplating divorce, in the midst of a divorce, or managing the aftermath of your divorce, therapy can be a powerful resource to assist you throughout the various stages. Counseling can assist you in gaining clarity, managing the myriad of feelings you are experiencing such as grief, loss, and sadness, and help you adjust to your new life and thrive!

You may need assistance in deciding if divorce is the right course of action for you or your family, or perhaps, need a better understanding of how it will affect your children and how you can best support them through the process. I also assist families in positive co-parenting with their ex-partners and work directly with both parents to provide a healthy, positive relationship. I  provide tools and communication skills, to manage the challenges of co-parenting. With my expertise in divorce and years of experience, I set up my practice in Alpharetta to help families and individuals navigate the divorce process.

Tips for Divorcing Parents

1. Your children need simple explanations about the separation or divorce to help them understand that they were not the cause of it. Tell them in advance when it will happen, why it is happening, and what sort of visitation schedule is being set.

2. Expect children to show signs of grief following the separation or divorce, and let them know you understand. Though at first they may pretend not to care or believe what is happening, soon they will show emotions. Being upset is part of what they must go through.

3. Preschoolers generally feel guilty for causing the problems.  Young elementary-age children usually experience sadness.  Children over the age of eight or nine most often feel angry.

4. Your child will need to be reassured that you love him or her. Children sometimes believe that because parents stop loving each other, they may also someday stop loving the children.

5. Children of all ages may act babyish for a while, like baby-talking, bed wetting, having temper tantrums, clinging, and pretending to be ill. In general, they need extra support, not punishment, at this time, to regain their former self-confidence.

6. Many changes may occur that children can learn to accept when you explain things to them and continue to be lovingly attentive and firm: less money, less attention, more responsibilities, moving, new school, new friends, new work schedule, different rules and discipline styles in each home.

7. Don’t argue in front of your child.

8. Don’t criticize the other parent to your child. Usually, your child loves both of you.

9. Don’t use your child as a messenger to deliver information to the other parent.10.   Don’t use your child as a spy to find out what the other parent is doing.

10. Don’t use your child to get revenge on the other parent by denying child support or visitation.

11. Set up a regular visitation schedule. Children feel most secure when they know when and for how long the visitation will occur.

12. Even if you live out-of-state, regular contact by phone and/or letter is important to let the child know you will love and care about him or her.

13. Don’t feel you need to provide special toys, treats, or outings at each and every visit. Children need normal family time in both parents’ homes.

14. Continue to set rules and limits as you did in the past. Children need this consistency at each home.

15. Your child needs to know that your decision to separate or divorce is final. Children tend to fantasize for years after the separation that their parents will reunite.

The Next Step

If you’re ready to begin finding the solutions and changes you’d like to see in your life, getting started has never been easier or more convenient. You can get started today by making an appointment.

Still have questions? That’s okay too!  Whether you want to know the benefits of private pay, if your policy will cover my services, when appointment times are, or even what to expect from your visits, please visit the FAQ page.

Alpharetta Family therapy

Stephanie Robins, LCSW
Phone/Text: 404.849.5505 

3180 North Point Parkway
Build 100, Suite 101
AlpharettaGA 30005

(Office Suite is located within
North Point Family Chiropractic)

Fax: 770.993.4221
Phone: 404.849.5505

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

If you’re ready to begin finding the solutions and changes you’d like to see in your life, getting started has never been easier or more convenient. You can get started today by making an appointment.

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