Spouses with Children

In the Collaborative Process, the best interests of the children are paramount. Research shows that it is not the act of divorcing that negatively impacts children – it is the conflict between the parents during the separation and divorce that negatively impacts the children.

The divorce coaches work with parents to ensure that they don't lose sight of their children's best interests. The coaches help the parents to control and manage emotions and to communicate more effectively as co-parents moving forward in a restructured family.

"The objective is to restructure the family in a healthy way and to eliminate the negative aspects of divorce on a family."

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If you have questions about divorce or separation, please contact one of our Collaborative Practice professionals.

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Creating a Roadmap for Co-Parenting

The coaches help the parents to construct a roadmap for parenting in the future so as to minimize or eliminate conflict – this is the "parenting plan." The parenting plan typically involves a schedule for the children but also provides for such things as:

  • How to discuss separation with the children
  • How to introduce a new partner to the children
  • What to do if there is conflict in the future

The involvement of divorce coaches in the divorce process is unique to the Collaborative Process. The objective in the Collaborative Process is to restructure the family in a healthy way and to eliminate the negative aspects of divorce on a family.

Child and Spousal Support

Many clients are fearful of support obligations. The paying spouse is fearful of having to pay support that is beyond his or her capacity to pay. The receiving spouse is fearful of…

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Divorce Coaches

Get the help you need to understand and handle your feelings in a healthy way with divorce coaches through the Collaborative Divorce Network. Our Team includes qualified and compassionate…

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Unmarried Spouses

The Family Law Act in British Columbia has changed the legal framework in many ways - most significantly, spouses in a marriage-like relationship who have lived together…

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Children and Divorce

If you are considering a divorce and you have young children, their emotional and mental stability is undoubtedly your greatest concern. While research has proven the remarkable resiliency of children…

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Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is an agreement that separating parents develop together about how they will share parenting time and the day-to-day responsibilities of parenting…

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Separation Agreements

When relationships come to an end, challenges often arise when children are involved, when a spouse has inherited property or come into the relationship with more property than…

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Family Law

The ending of a marriage or relationship can be tumultuous. Coping day-to-day with this new reality is difficult enough, much less worrying about the long-term impact…

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Spouses without Children

Divorces that don’t involve children aren’t necessarily less complicated. These spouses need to reach resolution with respect to family, property, family debts and support obligations…

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Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements

Coming to an agreement in advance to deal with life’s contingencies can be a freeing experience for spouses. Establishing the framework for managing major issues when they are not…

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Your Team


Collaborative Divorce Network




Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist


Garth Edwards



Robert W. Mostar



Deirdre Severide



Danny Zack


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