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What is Collaborative Law?

Watch this educational video provided by Esprit d' entente.  To can learn more about the Collaborative Law process and the roles of a Coach and Childcare Specialist, please read Collaborative divorce: An oxymoron?  To learn about different ways to divorce other than mediation or litigation, click on process options.

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Divorce & Trauma

Divorce has been identified as a common traumatic event for families, particularly for children.   Trauma leads to disrupted neurodevelopment, social-emotional and cognitive impairment, an increase in risky behaviors, disease, disability, social problems, and even early death.  Although divorce is difficult, it does not need to be traumatic.  As a collaborative law professional, my goal as a Coach is to help participants prioritize their concerns, process their feelings and differences in healthy ways, stay focused on their goals by neutralizing or minimizing destructive emotions, communicate effectively with each other, with their lawyers, and with their children, and provide them with tools for positive co-parenting in their post-separation lives.  As a Child Specialist,  my job is to understand the unique needs of your child(ren) and ensure their needs are brought to the table, prevent them from being "in the middle" and educate parents on relevant child development issues.  I also help to reduce the traumatic effect divorce can have on parents and their children.  


The key to being productive during the divorcing process begins with you, the parents.  Here are some initial helpful resources that can assist you with how to start moving forward; six conflict management skills, co-parenting, The Collaborative wat to Divorce and Our Family Wizard.  

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Preventing Toxic Stress from Undermining your Life, Relationships and the Mediation Process 

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Don't let toxic stress undermine your life, relationship, and the collaborative law process.  

Your health, well-being and parental adjustment (psychological adjustment of parents which significantly impact children's well-being) are key components to a productive mediation process, its outcome and moving forward in your life.   This health questionnaire can help guide you on tending to areas of your life that facilitate healthy brain development and functioning and will better help you to be emotionally and psychologically prepared for meetings.  It is recommended that you seek counseling for you and or your children during this difficult time.  You can either ask your mediation for a referral or go to PsychologyToday.  Participating in a divorce support group can be beneficial as well; Divorce Care.

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Central Documents and Definitions

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Preparing for Mediation

The centerpiece of the Collaborative Law process is the parenting plan.   Here is an example parenting plan for your convenience.   Be prepared to review the Collaborative Law agreement (a contractual agreement that outlines fees, procedures, and responsibilities) in the first meeting.  Completing the client profile will be the next steps after your initial meeting.   You may also refer to the library for more helpful resources.  



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