Collaborative divorce involves a commitment from parties to seek a non-litigated (no trial) agreement to the dissolution of their marriage. When children are involved, maximizing their emotional security and development requires thoughtful consideration of their unique and changing needs.
Working with a neutral child specialist can help stressed parents create a written plan for co-parenting that focuses on what's right for their children, which may change over time. I help parents identify shared values as they relate to the raising of their children, and commitments that will foster the children’s healthy growth and development. I also use a templated guide that walks parents through situations and considerations that may arise as children are raised in separate households, so that there are plans in place that decrease the potential for discord. Participants in this time-limited process consistently report how valuable it is to the entire family, during the divorce and beyond.