Divorce Services

I am primarily a process facilitator in the field of Collaborative Divorce. Additionally, I have worked with couples who have made the difficult decision to divorce and are considering their options, or preparing to talk with their children, or are looking for assistance in developing a parenting plan for their divorce decree.

Collaborative divorce is a process option for divorcing couples in which both spouses and their attorneys agree to keep contested matters out of court and commit to a transparent process using interest-based negotiation to settle the divorce.  Collaborative practice represents a constructive altrnative to a process that is frequently played out in courtrooms, or between adversarial legal teams. 

The collaborative process - with its focus on solutions and the future, its grounding in interest-based negotiation, and its commitment to resolving differences using the collaborative method - provides a humane and respectful environment for that transition to occur.  When children are involved, collaborative divorce provides the family a way to minimize the damage to its structure, while laying the foundation for a healthy future. 

Collaborative divorce typically utilizes a team approach, in which neutral financial and mental health professionals are engaged to help gather data, contain emotions, and generally streamline the process.  I became interested in collaborative divorce several years ago, and was the first mental health professional in Austin to complete the interdisciplinary training. As a Neutral Collaborative Process Facilitator, I assist divorcing couples, their attorneys, and the collaborative team in reaching resolution as efficiently and effectively as possible.  I assist the couple as they establish new communication patterns appropriate to their transitioning relationship, and help them identify productive ways of resolving conflict.  I work with the team to enhance its effectiveness, and coach team members and the divorcing couple on constructive communication and interest and option generation.  In my collaborative work, I often work with families with children as they devise a possession schedule that best meets the developmental needs of the children, as well as the family's goals and interests.

I am involved with the collaborative community at both the local and state level.  I am credentialed at the Master Level by Collaborative Divorce Texas, the state professional organization. Additionally, I have served on and chaired the board of CDT, and have been on the faculty of its annual conference for a number of years.  For more information on collaborative divorce, visit the Collaborative Divorce Texas website: www.collaborativedivorcetexas.com. 

Please contact me if you have questions about collaborative facilitation, other divorce services, or would like to schedule an appointment.


About Syd

Many elements inform my practice:  training in clinical social work, a 20-year career in business, and my role as a parent, to name just a few.

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