Dear Therapist,

If your patient is confronting divorce, he or she is facing a myriad of legal issues in addition to emotional ones. By having a greater understanding of what individuals go through in the court system when dealing with divorce, custody, visitation and property division issues, you will be better equipped to help your patient deal with the emotional fallout.

Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law, a matrimonial and family law attorney with 35 years of experience, presents "Legal Considerations for Patients Facing Divorce," a seminar designed to help psychologists and social workers understand the legal issues associated with divorce, which may affect how they advise their patients. The seminar will take place on November 30, 2011, at noon at the Viana Hotel and Spa at 3998 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury.

For instance, you may think it is not in your patient's best interest to stay in the marital home. However, there may be legal implications – such as those involving the custody of the children – that are associated with your patient moving out at this time.

Or when your patient's children misbehave – perhaps as a reaction to the problems between their parents -- you may offer advice on discipline. However, when parties are going through a divorce, there are legal issues pertaining to parental discipline, such as corporal punishment, that therapists should understand.

In some cases, your patient or the other parent may be brainwashing the child against the other parent. Therapists should be aware of the possible legal remedies or, in some cases, a lack thereof, to offer sound advice in these situations.

By better understanding your patient's legal issues, you can better guide your patient emotionally. The cost of the seminar is $20, which includes lunch. To sign up, call Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law at 800-576-1707. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.