Collaborative Practice San Francisco

Every once in a while, there are clients who say they want to see how the divorce goes before they decide if they want to hire Divorce Coaches.  In theory, this makes great sense, but in practice, this is a recipe for disaster.  This is like having a bad headache and waiting hours before taking a painkiller.  The headache may be too intense at that point and not even respond to the painkiller.  Our experience has shown that when the Coaches are called in after the tensions have escalated, the divorcing couple is so distraught, hurt or distrustful of one another that the Collaborative modality may not withstand the pressure.  The Coaches then have the task of trying to clean up when the problems have become unmanageable, to get the legal process back on track.  When Coaches are brought in late in the process and the case continues to deteriorate, the clients’ skepticism about Coaches can then seem well-founded.  Coaches can’t stop a case from going south late in the game any more easily than brakes can stop a train that has built up speed and momentum.  These cases might have had a very different outcome if Coaches had been used from the start.

About CPSF

Collaborative Practice San Francisco is a group of professionals interested in avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-field group open to all professionals interested in Collaborative conflict resolution. Read more...

Will CP work for me?

If the following values are important to you, it is likely to be a workable option:

  • I want us to communicate with a tone of respect.
  • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
  • My needs and those of my spouse/partner require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.

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