Collaborative divorce is an option for divorcing couples that provides an alternative to traditional litigation and the often, destructive consequences that accompany it for both the children and the family.
- The collaborative divorce model helps parties to divorce with respect and dignity.
- A collaborative divorce helps preserve a healthy and effective parenting relationship between spouses.
- A collaborative divorce can minimize disruption to the children during the divorce.
The collaborative process is designed so that:
- Parents can make many of their own decisions about their child(ren)’s parenting needs
- Parents can tailor decisions about scheduling to best fit their situation
- Parents can create customized agreements based on their needs and goals
- Family and financial privacy is maximized
- The entire divorce process can be handled outside of a courtroom
- Communication can be improved between parents prior to divorce
- Children can be nurtured during the divorce
The collaborative divorce process uses an interdisciplinary team composed of specially trained lawyers, a trained mental health professional, and a financial professional. This team of professionals focuses all of its attention on finding ways to restructure a family so that everyone involved gets their needs met to the greatest extent possible. Everything in the collaborative divorce model is done for the purpose of helping the clients find solutions to resolve their case in the way that works best for them.
I support and have participated in cases using the collaborative divorce model ever since its introduction to the Austin area over ten years ago. I am proud to be part of a process that gently supports families and children during a painful life transition. I hope that the collaborative divorce experience prevents or minimizes the psychological damage that could bring them into my therapy practice as future clients.
I believe that it is healthier to empower parents to think and behave in ways that strengthen family relationships rather than denigrate them. And to involve parents in thinking about the future of their family from a place of possibilities and sustainable solutions, allowing them to move forward independent of lawyers and courts.
While I bring my training as a psychologist and my clinical experience working with families to this process, I am not engaged as a therapist to anyone who is part of a collaborative divorce case. I do commit to do the following:
- I will assist divorcing couples and their attorneys in reaching resolution as effectively and respectfully as possible.
- I will help divorcing couples to establish new patterns of communication.
- I will work with divorcing couples to manage the many emotions that arise.
- I will help parents to remain focused on the children and to come together on their behalf as they problem solve and make rational decisions that affect each child’s future.
If you are interested in the Collaborative Divorce process, please feel free to review my Participation Agreement located under “Forms” in the menu bar. If you choose to retain my services as a member of your Collaborative Divorce professional team, you will be provided with a personalized version of this Agreement to sign.