What does a divorce coach do?
Managing a divorce truly is a process. However, you may not know what this process is, how to proceed, and how to process information and counsel along the way to make better decisions. After all, you probably did not approach your marriage with the expectation that you might someday require an exit plan.
Many family lawyers would agree that the divorce process should be handled like a business transaction. Yet, it is difficult during this ‘transaction’ to separate out your emotions which are probably at high tide from the important decisions that will affect you and your children for many years to come. It can also be difficult to get the divorce process started or to know how to choose a family lawyer, assess if your family lawyer is right for you, select other experts such as Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA), mediators, therapists and parenting experts, work cost-effectively with legal counsel, and ensure you put your children’s best interests first. All of these are areas where a divorce coach can be very helpful to you.
The role of a divorce coach is to help you navigate the divorce process so that you can better focus on what needs to be done while also reducing the complexity and costs of divorce. The goal is to assist you in making decisions with confidence by providing the research and education you need to work more effectively with your divorce team.
A divorce coach is not a substitute for the important roles of a family lawyer, mediator or therapist. However, a coach can play a vital role in the divorce process. This includes helping people to understand what to expect, providing a basic knowledge of the dispute resolutions, and ultimately being better prepared and more confident. Working with a divorce coach is short-term and usually consists of one to three sessions.
Some of the specific objectives of a Divorce coach are to help you:
- understand the divorce dispute resolutions available
- interview and choose the right family lawyer
- ask the right questions of legal counsel and experts
- know what financial and background information to bring to your family lawyer
- organize and manage your divorce file
- assess what experts you might want to add to your divorce team
- access referrals to family lawyers, therapists, family mediators, Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA) and financial experts, organizations, literature
- understand the emotional turmoil
Understanding Dispute Resolutions
There are alternatives to court that you need to be aware of and to consider when looking for legal counsel. Having a basic understanding of what these options are will assist you in choosing the right process and the right family lawyer for you. A divorce coach can help you to better understand and sort through the various alternative dispute resolutions such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration and Collaborative Practice.
Finding a family lawyer
This is one of the most important decisions you will make in your divorce. You need to take the time and effort to find the right person for you. A divorce coach can help you to understand the consultation process and can provide guidance and referrals to assist you with your search.
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