The Collaborative Team
Collaborative Divorce offers the services of legal, mental health and financial professionals working together as a team to help our clients through the divorce process. Collaborative Professionals offer very specialized services, having undergone extensive training in their respective areas, as well as in collaborative mediation methods and procedures.
Given that the outcome will impact lives long after the divorce is final, the goal of the Collaborative Process is to help both parties make thoughtful, proactive decisions.
The Legal Aspect
Attorneys handle the legal aspects of the divorce to ensure that all arrangements are proper, legal and binding.
The Financial Aspect
Financial specialists are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ or CPAs and Certified Divorce Financial Analysts who specialize in the financial and tax aspects of divorce. Their purpose is to help both parties reach a mutually acceptable financial agreement while assisting in making manageable, long-term decisions.
Collaborative Professionals offer very specialized services, having undergone extensive training in collaborative mediation methods and procedures. We have developed insights into all aspects of the divorce process and how our three independent professions can work together for you.
The Emotional Aspect
Mental health professionals may include a licensed marriage and family therapist, psychologist or licensed clinical social worker who functions as a Divorce Coach. In this capacity, the Coach helps teach problem–solving and communication skills to facilitate moving through impasses. The Coach may also address ways to deal with stress or emotional issues that may arise during the process.
Psychological stability, from both sides, is essential to making the right decisions and reaching a peaceful settlement as soon as possible. Cases with difficult child-related issues may also employ a Child Specialist to assess and communicate the unique needs of each child.
How Do I Get Started?
Ideally, people would resolve their problems and difficulties, and remain happily married. However, we recognize that many marriages simply will not survive and that divorce is inevitable.
When a marriage cannot be maintained, our goal is to help you reach a mutually agreeable divorce, begin healing and hopefully save you considerable expense and stress in the process.
For the name of your nearest Collaborative Divorce Professionals, please visit our directory of Collaborative Professionals.