January 24, 2013
Collaborative Divorce is a team approach. Each party has a collaboratively trained attorney to assist them at all team meetings. A neutral financial professional (usually a CPA) is often included to address financial issues. And, most important, there is a Divorce Coach – a neutral mental health professional — to facilitate communication at the Team meetings and to work with the parties on parenting issues separately.
A Divorce Coach is not a therapist or a marriage counselor. A Divorce Coach is trained to help divorcing parties communicate with each other with the goal of making the best decisions for their children. This may include custody, parenting time, healthcare, education, activities and college as well as any special needs that their children may have. The parties in a Collaborative Divorce will also learn valuable communication skills from the Coach to help them solve problems concerning the children, both during the divorce and afterwards.
If you have decided to pursue a Collaborative Divorce, your attorney may ask you and your spouse to schedule a meeting with the Coach. The attorneys will not be present. This meeting is informal and will permit you and your spouse to question the Coach about the Collaborative process in order to make an informed decision as to whether this process will meet your needs. If you and the Coach agree that a Collaborative DIvorce is best for your family, then each party will meet with their own attorney to prepare for the first full Team meeting.
The Divorce Coach will participate in the meetings to the extent that you, your spouse and your attorneys agree. Rather than increase the cost of a divorce, having a Divorce Coach minimizes conflict and reduces the length and number of meetings necessary to resolve all issues. The Team meetings are more productive, the divorce proceeds more quickly and you and your spouse are able to make sound decisions in a relaxed, non-adversarial atmosphere.
For more information about Collaborative Divorce, contact Risa A. Kleiner, Esq. at 609.951.2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org