The Collaborative Team
Collaborative Divorce involves the divorcing parties and their Collaboratively-trained attorneys, along with a team of other Collaboratively-trained professionals. These professionals share a belief in guiding a couple to peaceful dissolution.
A Collaborative Divorce team may include Financial Planners, CPAs and Accountants, Mental Health Professionals serving as Coaches, Case Managers or Child Specialists.
- Financial Planners
- CPAs and accountants
- These professionals help create budgets, offer suggestions for spousal and child support, review property divisions and weigh in on other financial matters. These experts look at the parties’ financial circumstances from the perspective of divorce, understanding potential tax ramifications and financial considerations.
- Mental health professionals are involved in the role of Coaches or Case Managers
- Their job is to guide and support divorcing spouses to manage anxiety, conflict and other normal, divorce-related emotions. It’s important to maintain effective communication and stay respectful throughout the process.
A mental health professional may also contribute to the team as a Child Specialist who understands and advocates for children in a divorcing family.
A Child Specialist can listen to and then speak for children and their needs in the divorce. In some situations, a child may want to be heard separately, or a parent may have a particular concern.
The Child Specialist meets with the child, specifically addressing his or her needs. One benefit of Collaborative Divorce is its view of the family as a whole, with a desire to create a solution that benefits all.
Interested in learning more about Collaborative Divorce? Contact Alisa Peskin-Shepherd!