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.

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 and  attorneys who practice in multiple counties throughout Central Pennsylvania.