Attorney members of CPCP must be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Members must also complete a two-day basic training in collaborative law and complete 24 hours of mediation training within 12 months of joining the group . Many of our members have completed several advanced trainings. Attorneys in the collaborative process represent their individual clients by educating and counseling them regarding their legal issues and settlement options. While representing their clients, attorneys maintain the goals of the collaborative process and assist clients in articulating their interests and needs and in reaching agreements.

Collaborative Coaches and Child Specialists
Mental Health Professional members of CPCP must be a licensed mental health providers in good standing in Pennsylvania. Mental health professionals may fill one of two roles. First, the mental health professional may serve as a coach. This role does not provide individual therapy but assists individuals through the collaborative process. Coaches help clients with emotional issues and communication difficulties which are present in the family dynamic and which may prevent the process from being successful. Coaches can help make the process of divorce more amicable 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 neutral representation of the child/children. The use of a child specialist allows children to be listened to about their experience, 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.

Financial Professionals
Financial Professional Members of CPCP must have a license or designation in good standing in one of the following: CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CHFS (Chartered Financial Consultant), or CDFA (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst), or the equivalent in Pennsylvania. The financial specialist helps clients reach durable agreements by providing information needed by clients to become educated about the financial consequences of various settlement options and by serving as a financial neutral providing a safe and comfortable setting to better facilitate making financial decisions. A financial specialist assists in gathering and organizing financial information, educating and managing financial expectations of the clients, identifying and evaluating tax consequences, and developing current and future cash flow analysis.

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