Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is an emerging process option for divorcing couples in which both spouses and their attorneys agree to keep contested matters out of court and commit to a transparent process using interest-based negotiation to settle the divorce.  Collaborative practice represents a constructive altrnative to a process that is frequently played out in courtrooms, or between adversarial legal teams. 

The collaborative process - with its focus on solutions and the future, its grounding in interest-based negotiation, and its commitment to resolving differences using the collaborative method - provides a humane and respectful environment for that transition to occur.  When children are involved, collaborative divorce provides the family a way to minimize the damage to its structure, while laying the foundation for a healthy future. 

Collaborative divorce typically utilizes a team approach, in which neutral financial and mental health professionals are engaged to help gather data, contain emotions, and generally streamline the process.  I became interested in collaborative divorce several years ago, and was the first mental health professional in Austin to complete the interdisciplinary training. As a Neutral Collaborative Process Facilitator, I assist divorcing couples, their attorneys, and the collaborative team in reaching resolution as efficiently and effectively as possible.  I assist the couple as they establish new communication patterns appropriate to their transitioning relationship, and help them identify productive ways of resolving conflict.  I work with the team to enhance its effectiveness, and coach team members and the divorcing couple on constructive communication and interest and option generation.  In my collaborative work, I often work with families with children as they devise a possession schedule that best meets the developmental needs of the children, as well as the family's goals and interests.

I am involved with the collaborative community at both the local and state level.  I am credentialed at the Master Level by Collaborative Divorce Texas, the state professional organization. Additionally, I have served on the board of CDT, and have been on the faculty of its annual conference for a number of years.  For more information on collaborative divorce, visit the Collaborative Divorce Texas website: 

Please contact me if you have questions about collaborative facilitation or would like to schedule an appointment.


About Syd

Many elements inform my practice:  training in clinical social work, a 20-year career in business, and my role as a parent, to name just a few.

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1016 MoPac Circle, Suite 202
Austin, TX, 78746

phone: 512-203-6495
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