The third-party neutrals include a mental health professional that serves as a communication coach to help the parties to discuss the terms of the divorce. A financial professional that helps the couple to develop a financial plan for dividing the family assets and debts. The financial professional also helps each side to understand their finances post-divorce. In some cases, a 3rd party child specialist will also be brought in to help the couple to determine the best options for child custody.
The role of each attorney is to develop options with their clients and to advise them on matters of state law that will apply in drafting a final divorce decree. to develop a divorce decree. While not all divorces can be handled collaboratively, Barbara Runge believes that the collaborative divorce model is the best method for handling a divorce.