How to Begin

First, take a deep breath. Understand that stress and emotions, from anger to frustration to loss, are a natural part of this life transition. While you may feel overwhelmed, be assured that you will live through this.

Do some research. Choose your path. Traditional court divorce is only one option In fact more and more people today are choosing some form of alternative dispute resolution in order to keep matters private, reduce costs, and replace bitter fighting with a more respectful process.

A divorce professional provides guidance. A successful collaborative case will produce a mutually satisfactory resolution that addresses the legal, emotional and financial issues you face. This requires professionals trained in and dedicated to Collaborative Practice. You may choose to begin with a mental health professional, a neutral financial specialist, or a lawyer or mediator to address different aspects of the process. Any one of these collaborative professionals can discuss your concerns and help you develop a plan to stay in control and work toward the best outcome for you and your family.

For more information about the multi-disciplinary approach to Collaborative Practice please see About Collaborative Practice.

CPSMC members have extensive training in Collaborative Practice and are committed to providing the highest level of expertise in their respective fields. Please feel free to contact any one of them to discuss the benefits of Collaborative Practice, by using the Locate a Professional box on the right side of the screen. Collaborative professionals on these lists are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and are approved to practice Collaborative Divorce in your community.