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Will Seeing a Therapist Hurt My Chances of Getting Custody?
Undoubtedly, a big life change, such as a divorce can cause emotional distress. Unfortunately, a stigma regarding mental health support still exists. Many parents worry that seeking professional help may make them appear unstable or be used against them in a custody proceeding.
However, if you are seeing a therapist, acknowledge yourself for getting the professional help and support you need. Your well-being is important to your ability to be the best parent you can be. But make sure you do disclose to your attorney if you are seeing a therapist; your mental health records can be subpoenaed by the other parent’s lawyer. For this reason, it is important to discuss with your attorney an action plan for responding to this possible request. It is also important to let your therapist or counselor know how to respond to a request for your mental health records.

Also, if your mental health professional has prescribed medication to treat depression or anxiety, make sure to disclose that to your attorney as well. Taking prescribed medications and following through with recommendations from a mental health professional is important. 

Feelings of depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping are common during big life changes, so seeking help from professionals is in your best interest and the interest of your children.
"We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are"

~ Max Depree
NEXT: An Empowerment Series for Women
Are you asking yourself "Where do I go from here?" or "What do I do now?" If so, NEXT: An Empowerment Series for Women is for you.

This Virtual series will support you to confidently step forward - no matter your circumstances. A holistic approach to provide skills and support for women undergoing change.

Topics include: setting goals, finding your joy, financial planning, health and wellness, and envisioning a future life beyond today. Virtual sessions will take place during 2 hour evening seminars every three weeks beginning in January. The seminar is $99 for all 5 sessions.

Registration for 2021 is open.
If you cannot attend the virtual seminar, please join our Facebook Group to find inspiration and encouragement from the presenters.
Happy Thanksgiving!
On a holiday where it's typical to gather with close friends and family, we gathered via Zoom and wrote one word to describe what we're thankful for this year. We are sending you our heartfelt wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving this year.
The Divorce
I lay on my couch too listless to pick up the book I want to read or even to pick up the remote to watch a new murder docuseries I had saved. Maybe I will turn on music – but my phone is on the dining room table. I remember I need to take the garbage to the curb – eh, it can wait another week. I am numb. I am scared, worried, and uncertain about my future. I feel this now thinking about the country I love. I felt this in 2011 when I was in the midst of my divorce.

It feels like the country is getting divorced. No longer are we reconciling our differences. No longer are we looking for our delightful similarities. No longer are we invested, kind, or co-existing in peace. We have become apathetic to each other’s views and only find fleeting strength when we engage in disagreements and get in line to vote.

Coach's Corner
with Susan Ann Koenig
Seen and Unseen
Her words would not leave me. Intended as a compliment, they felt strangely disturbing.

               “You’ve got it all together.”

I replayed the words in my head for a week.

Was I a source of comparison, envy, or inspiration? My friend, 20 plus years my junior, sees my life in the present and from the outside.

Who is Koenig|Dunne?
For over 35 years, the Koenig|Dunne team has been helping people pick up the pieces of their life to make a new start. Bringing a family business back from the brink of financial ruin. Sheltering a child from the conflict of a custody battle. We do this work because its work we know matters.

Whether an amicable collaboration or lengthy litigation lies ahead, we’re the team who will empower you on your path to a better future, from start to finish. That’s a promise. We promise you – we will see you, hear you, and stand by you. Learn More
Guidance when you want it. Strength because you need it.
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