In most states, provinces, and countries, only individuals licensed to provide legal advice may do so. Certified Divorce Coaches respect the boundaries between Divorce Coaching and attorneys and carefully avoid the unauthorized practice of law.
However, there are many ways in which a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® can support the client in becoming a more credible participant in all of the discussions during the process of divorce. These practices include:
1. Establishing realistic expectations for the respective roles of both client and attorney in the legal process – and being able to express their own needs and expectations in advance to make sure the relationship with the attorney will be a good fit for their needs.
2. Helping the client get organized for meetings with their attorney by clarifying questions and information needed to explore what they need to create the new identity they will carry forward into the next chapter;
3. Supporting the client in clarifying what is most important to them in the negotiation process and being able to communicate clearly and effectively that rationale.
4. Responding faster to the requests from their attorney in the time sensitive and often pressured time frames for getting the work of the court done.
Personal Divorce Coaching fills a gap and works in a very practical AND transformative way with individual clients. The roll-up-your-sleeves kind of work that a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® does helps the client in ways that are different from a Therapist, a Mediator, and an Attorney, and complements their work in helping the client to make the best decisions for their future based on their wants, don’t wants, and their needs.
This work has a good chance of empowering them to take the high road and change their experience of divorce – for the sake of themselves and their family and their community!
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