There’s no denying that a divorce can be an extremely stressful situation for any family. Emotions are at a boiling point, the stakes are high and the final goal of the process can often be lost in the havoc; but don’t worry, there are ways to help.
Collaborative divorce is an approach designed to keep the process out of court while resolving the dispute in a respectful, fair and equitable manner. The outcome of a divorce can leave its mark on any couple or child but, by providing the right atmosphere, the partners’ and children’s needs and concerns can be expressed and understood in a productive manner.
Collaborative divorce is driven by a team approach that focuses on resolving disputed parenting and financial issues. This team is generally made up of the partners, their attorneys, a neutral financial advisor, and a neutral mental health professional who takes the role of a “divorce coach” and facilitator. In some cases, each partner might feel inclined to use separate coaches, but a one-coach approach is frequently used. In some cases, there is also the need for a child specialist.
The Coach’s Duties
It’s not uncommon for conversations during divorce proceedings to derail due to high tensions, intense feelings or several other factors. The job of a neutral mental health professional is to keep those extreme emotions controlled and the conversations properly managed. This is done to allow each partner to communicate clearly and negotiate financial and co-parenting solutions while remaining respectful toward one another.
A Child Specialist’s Job
Too often in divorce proceedings, a child’s voice can remain unheard due to the negative nature of the entire situation. A child specialist acts as an advocate for the children, helping them express their feelings, concerns, needs and interests during the divorce process. This can be extremely helpful for parents, both to gain perspective and reach “child centered” information/solutions.
Making the Process Easier
The divorce process can take its toll on everyone involved, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Let us help you and your family get through the situation in a respectful and efficient manner. Dr. Rice enjoys serving as both a neutral mental health professional and child specialist who will work around the clock to ensure that the divorce process is fair and equitable to each family member. Get in touch with Rice Psychology Group today to learn more about our services.