I am excited to announce that I am now trained in Collaborative Divorce! What exactly is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce focuses on the future and puts the children involved first. It is the process of coming together with your spouse and a group of Collaborative Divorce trained professionals who will support you through the emotional aspects of divorce as they resolve the legal and financial issues. Instead of running to litigation, you decide to collaborate with your spouse and the trained professionals you choose to bring solutions to your marital agreement; this includes your co-parenting plan. In Collaborative Divorce, your co-parenting plan is designed to foster family cohesion instead of creating discord among family members that can often accompany traditional, litigated divorce. Each spouse has their own attorney, but there are other neutral parties involved to bring the team together such as a financial neutral, a divorce coach, and any other professionals the team may deem necessary. Information is freely shared between everyone on the team including your spouse. Many times, this can save time and money because information is shared freely instead of months of back-and-forth requesting of information from the opposing party. The result is an agreement that all parties have participated in establishing for everyone’s best interest. You may still not feel like everything was fair (no one does in divorce), but at least you were able to work together instead of being at odds or fighting it out with each party feeling as if they need to withhold information and protect themselves. Collaborative Divorce offers a respectful and effective way to resolve disputes. The Financial Knot assists clients in Collaborative Divorce as the financial neutral. A large part of divorce is financial! Why not have a seasoned financial professional like me on your team?