About CPCP

In a traditional divorce, the court process often causes hostility and conflict within a family and places the responsibility for the decisions involved in restructuring the family in the hands of third parties. So in 2002 a group of local attorneys, led by Carol Lindsay, Esq., sought an alternative for separating or divorcing couples and divorced or unmarried parents who were experiencing continuing conflict over matters relating to their children. They investigated and became trained in the practice of Collaborative Law.

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All CPCP members must have specialized training in Collaborative Law and mediation. Many of our members have completed several advanced trainings. All Collaborative Law Professionals must also become members of, and maintain membership in, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) which is the primary global organization of the Collaborative Law movement and which represents thousands of Collaborative Professionals from numerous countries around the world.

Today, CPCP has grown to include mental health professionals (who serve as Collaborative coaches and parent and child specialists), financial experts andĀ  attorneys who practice in multiple counties throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Our Members

The attorneys of CPCP must be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Attorneys in the Collaborative Process represent their individual clients by educating and counseling them regarding their legal issues and settlement options.

The mental health professionals of CPCP may fill one of two roles: coach or child specialist. As a coach, they do not provide individual therapy but assist individuals through the Collaborative Process by helping clients with emotional issues and communication difficulties. Coaches can help the parties by encouraging healthy communication skills, lowering anxiety and identifying concerns among the parties.

A mental health professional may also serve as a child specialist who will provide guidance to the parents regardingĀ  their children. The use of a child specialist allows children to be heard, to understand what is happening to their family, and to be given an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarity about the changes in their lives.

The financial professionals of CPCP help clients reach durable agreements by providing information needed to understand the financial consequences of various settlement options. They assist in gathering and organizing financial information and are financial neutrals who can facilitate financial decisions.