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Collaborative Divorce

The Collaborative Approach

A Collaborative approach to divorce offers the privacy of mediation and the security of having your own advocate to guide you.  A typical Collaborative Divorce Team consists of an attorney for each individual, one or two Divorce Coaches and a Financial Neutral like Brenda.  Depending on need, other professionals like a Child Specialist may be involved.

What are the fundamental responsibilities and benefits of the CDFA in a Collaborative process?

Working with you as a neutral CDFA®, Brenda can help you and your spouse to make informed decisions about your financial futures.

As a financial neutral, the Brenda compiles, organizes and educates the couple about the financial information relating to your divorce.  They are not on a “side,” rather their role is to help you understand enough about your finances to make informed decisions about your settlement and the impact on your futures. 
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International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

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Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

CLII Professionals are a community of specially trained Illinois divorce attorneys, divorce coaches, child specialists, and divorce financial advisers. They are dedicated to helping you use the Collaborative Divorce Process to get divorced in a more respectful, healthy and civilized way.

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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

The CDFA professional helps both clients and lawyers understand how the financial decisions made today impact the client’s financial future, based on certain assumptions.

A CDFA is someone who comes from a financial planning, accounting or legal background and goes through an intensive training program to become skilled in analyzing and providing expertise related to the financial issues of divorce.

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