Marisa Nava, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


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Child-friendly approach to divorce

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM Comments comments (161)
Collaborative Practice is a new option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully and equitably without going to court.  The goal of collaborative practice is to help divorcing and separating couples to focus on their most important goals, especially children, throughout the divorce process. The process utilizes specialists who leverage their areas of expertise to address children's needs and the emotional and financial aspects of the divorce.  Because clients agree not to go to court, the process is more open and less adversarial.  The goal is to enhance communication throughout the process and lay the foundation for a healthier relationship after the divorce. The end result is a more efficient, targeted, and productive way to resolve disputes.  
Collaborative Practice at a Glance:
(from the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • Encourages mutual respect
  • Emphasizes the needs of children
  • Avoids going to court
  • Keeps control of the process with the individuals
  • Provides for open communication
  • Utilizes a problem-solving approach
  • Identifies and addresses interests and concerns of all
  • Prepares individuals for new lives
Who is Collaborative Practice for?
  • People going through a divorce who want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues and are willing to focus on solutions rather than on blame or revenge
  • People who want to maintain a productive working relationship with their (ex) spouses
  • People who will be co-parenting and want to keep children’s interests at the forefront, i.e. protecting children from the negative impact associated with bitter litigation
  • People who want to control decision-making over child-rearing and/or financial arrangements rather that turning it over to a stranger (judge)
  • People who place as much or more value on the relationship that will exist in there structured family as on obtaining maximum resources
  • People who value privacy.
I would be glad to answer any questions you may have about Collaborative Practice and to discuss whether this may be a good option for your family.  You may also find more information through the International Academy for Collaborative Professionals at or from the SC Collaborative Law Institute at
Collaborative Practice
Resolving Disputes Respectfully
A Different Way to Divorce