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TOWARD UNDERSTANDING WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LAWYERS AND THERAPISTS IN GUIDING DIVORCING SPOUSES

WithMitchell Salem Fisher, Esther Oshiver Fisher

ABSTRACT. Despite their philosophical differences re helping spouse–clients distressed over the impact of the divorce process—legal, emotional, physical, economic—both the lawyer and the therapist seek to help. Yet they are deterred and victimized by the differences between the philosophy of the law and those of therapy/counseling. The law sets limitations and barriers regarding any relationship to the opposition. Such restrictions set up the lawyer as the protagonist while the philosophy of therapy/counseling sets up the therapist/counselor to attempt at least to mediate in the distressed relationship between husband and wife.