Represented Counties:Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego
About the Group:
Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families as they restructure their lives to a family apart in a positive and cooperative manner. We assist families living in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Our professional group of collaborative practitioners includes Collaborative Attorneys who pledge not to go to court, Divorce Coaches, who are licensed mental health practitioners, assisting in the facilitation of new and improved methods of communication for the family going forward, a neutral Child Specialist who represents the voice of the children, and a neutral Financial Specialist who helps our clients resolve their financial issues. All of our members have successfully completed collaborative training requirements and are members in good standing of IACP, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Our group provides ongoing education and training to our members in a continuing effort to provide only the highest level of collaborative practice.
We are committed to the Collaborative Process, an approach to solving problems by reaching mutually agreeable solutions. Clients and professionals work together, respectfully and in good faith, to gather the information needed to reach an agreement. All agree at the outset that the case will be settled, not contested. If the case cannot be settled, the attorneys and other professionals must withdraw. Everything remains confidential. Most of the work is done in meetings. We assemble a team based on the clients’ needs, which can include attorneys, coaches, financial experts, child specialists and other professionals as needed. We clarify interests, brainstorm options and evaluate choices – the goal is a resolution which meets the fundamental needs of both parties.. The method is designed to minimize hostility and allow the parties the possibility of a cordial relationship in the future.