What is the Collaborative Divorce Model?
In a typical collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney and a trained mental health professional known as a divorce coach. Together, the couple may hire a neutral financial specialist and, if needed, a child specialist as well. In essence, when you participate in a collaborative divorce, you hire a team of divorce support professionals representing the three main components of a divorce – the legalities, the finances and the emotional aspects.
As a way to preserve funds, people considering using this model for the dissolution of marriage or legal separation often ask if they really need to hire a divorce coach, especially when they already have a therapist. My standard response is, "No, you don't have to use a coach and, for that matter, you don't need an attorney to represent you either."
By: Susan Pease Gadoua
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