Using a Divorce Coach

  • April 25, 2016

    Children are directly affected by their parents’ divorce.  But how do we address the children’s issues in negotiating a settlement?  Often, with young children, parenting schedules and child support are the primary issues.  But adult children — even those with their own spouses and children – are also affected.  And little attention is paid to them when their parents divorce.

    In a recent New York Times article entitled “Never Too Old to Hurt From Parental Divorce,” the author explains that using a Divorce Coach can help parties recognize and address the issues concerning their children — whether toddlers or teenagers or adults.  In the Collaborative Divorce process, the Divorce Coach is a Mental Health Professional who is trained in the Collaborative process to help the parties focus on their goals and interests. This can include the way divorce impacts on adult as well as small children.

    The Divorce Coach participates in the team meetings with the parties and can also meet with them and/or their children separately.  The goal is not to provide therapy, but to help the family transition through the divorce, learn to communicate their concerns and help them to work cooperatively toward a peaceful resolution. The benefits of this process for future relationships is priceless.

    The Divorce Coach is one member of the Collaborative Team which includes the parties, their Collaboratively trained attorneys and a neutral financial professional, when needed.  The open conversations fostered by the Team approach is a more respectful approach to divorce and facilitates better outcomes for the parties and their families.

    For more information about Collaborative Divorce, contact Risa A. Kleiner, Esq. at 609.951.2222 or by email at

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