Collaborative divorce is a process in which separating couples and their children have the opportunity to transition to the next phase of their lives in a peaceful and cooperative manner. To that end, a team of professionals is assembled that includes an attorney for each client and assistance from mental health practitioners and a neutral financial professional.
I joined the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals when it was first assembled as an interdisciplinary organization in 2006 and have been attended multiple trainings to enhance my understanding of the model. In my work as a family specialist, I assist clients who are separating in a way that helps each understand the other and move ahead in a way that is beneficial to both. I may also meet with children to enable their voices to be heard and integrated in decision making.
I also serve on the Training and Education committee of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, and am the co-chairperson of the Northern Westchester Pod, both of which focus on educating our members. Due to my strong commitment, I joined the Board of this organization in 2019. I have also given presentations about this topic to other professionals, community members and law students.