Collaborative Divorce Consultant
Collaborative Divorce is a method of dissolving a marriage through a settlement rather than through the stress and expense of litigation. It is a process that protects the dignity of the parties and makes it more likely that the parties will be able to peacefully coexist and cooperate in the future.
Collaborative Divorce involves the use of specially trained professionals. Each party is represented by an attorney who ensures that each party's rights and best interests are protected. Each party chooses his or her own attorney. The process also typically involves the use of a neutral financial professional and a mental health professional. The mental health professional does not serve as a psychotherapist for the parties, but as a group process specialist. This person is responsible for ensuring that the collaborative process moves forward in an efficient and effective manner. He or she works with the parties and their attorneys alike to ensure that the process remains focused on the most positive outcome possible. If children are involved it is also possible the team will include a child specialist.
Dr. Morris has received specialized training in collaborative law and is trained to serve as a mental health professional or group process specialist in Collaborative Divorce cases.
Although Collaborative Divorce can and does help many families to preserve family resources and to protect the family from becoming embroiled in the oftentimes bitter process of divorce litigation, it is not appropriate for all families.
To learn more about Collaborative Divorce you can go to the following websites:
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay
or contact Dr. Morris for a free 30-minute consultation about Collaborative Divorce.
Dr. Morris is a member of both of the organizations shown above. He can help a couple determine if this process might be appropriate for them, how to find and select attorneys, and to know how to move forward with the process.
Dr. Morris strongly believes that if the process can help the parties to display mutual respect, communicate effectively and civilly, and creatively pursue mutually acceptable solutions (win-win), it pays huge dividends, both financially and emotionally.