Collaborative Divorce

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Divorce is a legal, financial, and emotional process. Divorce does not have to be devastating! Have you considered a Collaborative Divorce?

  • Are you and/or your spouse contemplating divorce?
  • Do you have concerns about the impact of your divorce on your children?
  • Have you worried about the cost of maintaining two households, dividing your assets, liabilities, and finances?
  • Do you wonder how you will move on and begin again?

Collaborative Divorce is an out of court legal process, whereby you will have a team of specially trained legal, financial, and mental health experts working together in a safe and amicable environment, guiding you and your spouse to develop options for reasonably dividing your marital estate, while you develop the necessary skills to live independent of one another, share your children, maintain the integrity of your family relationships, and move on, in peace.

Your Collaborative Divorce Team will include a specialized composition of professionals who will meet the specific needs of your family. This Team will include you, the divorcing couple, each of you being represented by a Collaborative Attorney, a Neutral Financial Professional, who will assist you to divide and utilize your resources in the best possible way to preserve your financial future and a Mental Health professional who will facilitate the process, and guide you and your Team toward making the necessary decisions toward the resolution of your marital issues in an efficient, cost-effective way.

As a part of this team, Dr. Heller promotes respectful communication, goal setting, problem-solving, and co-parenting; utilizing each member of the team’s knowledge, expertise, experience and input to creatively develop an action plan toward the dissolution of the marriage and the restructuring of their family while providing for the needs of the entire family.

Dr. Heller has researched and published her doctoral dissertation on Competency and the Role of the Mental Health Counselor in the Collaborative Family Law. She has presented on this topic both statewide and nationally and has also published several book chapters and articles on this topic.

Dr. Heller is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), a long-standing member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Dr. Heller serves as a Board member of The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and is Chair of their Research Committee, is past President and Vice-President of The Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, and is an active member on the Research, Access to Collaboration and Higher Education Task Force Committees for the IACP.

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