Specialized Training in Collaborative Divorce Law…
As dedicated collaboratively trained professionals, we adhere to the ethical guidelines and training standards of the IACP, the international organization that embodies collaborative practice. We also require all of our Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey professional members to attend annual advanced training in collaborative skill building topics. Our commitment to our clients and to advancing our skills is paramount and integral to our work. Our membership includes collaborative trainers who train nationally and internationally.
It is important to know when choosing a Collaborative professional that while a lawyer, mental health professional, or financial professional may endorse a Collaborative approach, he or she may not be specifically trained in the Collaborative process. Collaborative divorce is more than simply a name attached to a cooperative negotiating style. It requires rejection of positional bargaining in favor of focusing on the interests of both spouses or partners.
As you narrow your search for an attorney, divorce coach or financial professional, be sure to ask the professionals you are considering hiring the following questions:
Have they received formal basic Collaborative training and have they committed to on-going advanced training? The CDANJ requires all of our professionals to commit to and attend annual advanced training. Also, we are dedicated to increasing our skills by supporting local advanced trainings, IACP annual Forums, and the annual IACP Institute of learning.
Do they advocate that professionals and clients sign a participation agreement, which commits them to resolving the matter without going to Court?
Do they stress the importance of a private and dignified process that keeps the focus appropriately on the children?
Do they recommend utilizing a team approach? A Collaborative team of legal, mental health and financial professionals provides a solid framework of people specifically trained in and committed to the Collaborative process. These mental health and financial team members are experts who greatly enhance the lawyer’s role in resolving delicate issues which can arise during divorce.