The Role of a Child Therapist in Divorce Court

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Custody cases are very complex and can include many experts who often are called upon to testify in court. On this episode of Welcome to Splitsville, we explore the role of a child therapist in divorce court.

Today’s conversation is with Maria Curran, of The Center for Creativity and Healing. Maria is a therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children and families in the area of separation, divorce, or blended family issues. Maria also works with more mainstream issues like anxiety and depression issues, but her specialization in the separation divorce area makes her practice unique in the area.

Maria starts the podcast by discussing the ways a child therapist typically gets involved in divorce court. (1:50) Maria then explains how therapy mandated by the court differs from conventional therapy. (5:50) Because parents often want their children to testify, Maria shares her thoughts on children testifying in custody cases. (15:30)

Maria discusses working in collaborative cases where she may end up in the legal process even if it’s not in the courtroom. (23:00). Maria then talks about how a court case dragging on for years can affect the parent’s relationship with their child. (27:46) Maria wraps up this episode by talking about parents repeating cycles and how that affects children (32:47)

If you would like more information about The Center For Creativity And Healing or want to reach out to Maria specifically, you can call her office at 704-523-5567 or visit their website at

If you have questions about using a child therapist in court consult a local family law attorney. If you are in North or South Carolina, you can contact Leigh Sellers and her team at

The insights and views presented in “Welcome to Splitsville” are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Nor does tuning in to this podcast constitute an attorney-client relationship of any kind. If you’re ready for compassionate and reliable legal guidance on your journey through divorce, contact Leigh Sellers and her team at


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