Everyone agrees that separation and divorce is a difficult and trying time for all family members. Fortunately there has been quite a lot of research in the field of psychology over the past 30 years on the topic of divorce that has yielded much information and insight into the effects of divorce on families. Research has focused especially on children and teenagers. The good news is that there are many ways to prevent unnecessary trauma and help all family members cope more effectively with the effects of separation and divorce.
Child Custody Mediation
Blended Family Counseling
Do you want your new relationship or marriage to be successful if one or both of you have children from a prior relationship?
If so, then the Blended Family Counseling is highly recommend. Blended families (families that involve children from prior relationships/marriages) are considered to be the most complex form of modern family life. As the result many second or third marriages fail due to the pressures put upon the new relationship by the dynamics involved with the prior family. Much research has been done in the profession that helps shed light on ways to protect blended families.
Collaborative Law and Collaborative Practice are voluntary dispute resolution processes in which parties settle without having to resort to litigation. Collaborative Practice is usually an inter-disciplinary approach which seeks to assist clients by providing individual representation utilizing well-trained attorneys, mental health and financial professionals, all of which help to promote and maintain an atmosphere of safety and respect. Clients experience the benefits to this team approach to divorce or separation both during, but especially after its conclusion, as couples and their families achieve a “softer landing” to their settlement process.
I am a trained Collaborative Practice Communications Coach and Child Specialist and have had extensive experience representing clients through the Collaborative Divorce process. As a coach I offer emotional support and useful instruction about how to effectively participate in the Collaborative process. As a child specialist I can advise parents of their children’s experience and help give them a voice.
Besides specific training in the Collaborative process I am also very familiar with the effects of separation and divorce on families, but especially children. An experienced Communications Coach and Child Specialist can often make some crucial differences in the outcome of any Collaborative divorce. For more information and answers to common questions about the Collaborative Practice I would urge those interested to visit the Collaborative Law website.
- Helping parents achieve a necessary emotional separation from each other.
- Teaching parents new respectful patterns of communication.
- Helping parents set effective boundaries and limits with each other.
- Teaching parents how to create and maintain agreements.
- Assist parents in resolving any outstanding problems with their current custody agreement.
- Teaching parents how to effectively identify and resolve ongoing behavioral or developmental problems they are having with their children.