Compile a resource list of local professionals–couples counselors, therapists, mediators, and parenting coordinators–who can help your clients reach solutions and decisions that are based on their most rational, best selves, not on hidden agendas and hurts from the past. Once these clients have lightened their emotional burden, you might consider partnering with a therapy professional to develop action steps that will serve them well over time.

In The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart (Harper Paperbacks, 1998), Constance Ahrons helps divorcing couples navigate through interpersonal issues while protecting their children from the fallout of their marital conflict.

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, a group of family law and mental health professionals, issues guidelines on parenting coordinator training. Visit www.afccnet.org or call 608-664-3750.