In the case of collaborative divorce, there’s no need to call a witness. Often times, when situations get sticky, what you really need is a collaborative divorce professional. These individuals aren’t your average facilitators.
To qualify, they’ve undergone a minimum 12 hours of collaborative training through a certified program, ensuring they’re held to the strict standards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
The need for collaborative professionals depends on more than the potential for conflict. In some cases, these individuals simply act as neutral resources to help move the process along. Consider these four types of collaborative divorce professionals and find out what they can do for you.
1. A Financial Advisor
Couples who have a large number of assets or closely linked finances should consider a hiring a financial advisor. While lawyers can navigate accounts as they pertain to the law, accountants and other financial professionals can break down the economic ramifications of certain divisions. They can crunch the numbers for complicated subjects regarding alimony and other types of divorce settlements, as well.
2. A Psychologist
This professional may intercede as a neutral process coach (NPC). A psychologist is often employed when ex-partners encounter emotional issues that may impact communication. Since open, honest correspondence is essential to the collaborative process, a psychologist provides the skilled perspective necessary to tackle issues that may prevent mutual respect and other tools of response.
3. A Mediator
A mediator may be trained in one or more areas. For instance, this professional may be a lawyer with a specialty in asset law or a counselor with expertise in family issues and divorce. Even if the mediator is a lawyer, he or she would be called upon in addition to the lawyers that both parties have retained. The purpose of the mediator is as a neutral voice for both divorcees, whereas each collaborative lawyer is still an advocate for his or her own client.
4. A Collaborative Law Attorney
Above all, the collaborative divorce process requires each party to enlist his or her own attorney. In addition to this professional’s collaborative training and ethical qualifications, the individual must be a licensed lawyer in good standing. Ultimately, you’ll want to choose a personable representative who’s not only skilled in negotiation, but general communication. Your lawyer’s practice style is one that may help or hurt this sensitive process. Choose this expert wisely.
Want an experienced collaborative professional on your side? Contact Dean G. Tsourakis today to find out more on the advantages of hiring a collaborative divorce attorney and to schedule a free consultation.
on Oct 24, 2014