The collaborative practice emphasizes respect, communication and cooperation between separating spouses. The process of collaborative divorce requires commitment to respecting the goals of both parties involved, and likewise it requires a team of experts who share that commitment. A collaborative team may consist of attorneys, financial specialists, collaborative coaches, and child specialists.
Roles of collaborative team
Financial specialists help determine financial costs and values of property division between parties for settlement. Divorce coaches focus on assisting the parents through emotions, tough discussions, and conflict resolution, and a collaborative divorce child specialist remains neutral in representing children during the process, which is essential if parents can’t agree about what is best for their children.
When children are involved in a divorce, parents are often concerned about protecting them from any negative effects caused by stress or trauma. In fact, this is often one of the motivations for parents to choose the option of collaborative practice instead of the frequently adversarial conventional divorce.
How a child specialist helps during divorce
During collaborative divorce, a child specialist acts as a neutral party representing and advocating for the best interest of the children. Even though at heart they may want to do what’s best for their children, parents may get caught up in their emotions or desires during the process and let that overshadow the needs of their children. A child specialist helps make sure parents separate their interests from what is in the best interest of their children, and the specialist takes time to meet with both parties and their children to make assessments and help parents develop a parenting plan in collaboration with divorce coaches and attorneys.
To learn more about collaborative practice or collaborative divorce specialists, please call 678.111.1111 to speak with Ms. Schechtman or Dr. Drutman at the Atlanta Behavioral Consultants.