Counseling for Child in Divorce

Katie - posted on 02/11/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi all, another question!

Back story is that my boyfriend and his wife are getting divorced and they have a 6 yr old son together. I believe that the custody schedule and escalated tension between the parents have triggered a lot of stress in him (see previous post). After a conversation with some of the ladies here, they have suggested counseling. Possibly a court appointed counselor.
When I brought the possibility up to his father, he expressed concerns that a court appointed counselor could affect the outcome of custody with the divorce. His son is very much a momma's boy and his mother and her parents spoil him incessantly. He has very few boundaries at her house and does as he pleases. Dad has always been the disciplinarian, even when they were together. So the concern is that if pushed to make a choice, he would pick his mom's because it's easier there.
Could the 6 year old's preference for his mother negatively affect his father's chances of him getting equal time or primary custody in the divorce?

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