Author Archives: Paula Swensen

Paula Swensen brings highly-skilled problem solving, compassion, and zeal to the successful resolution of each client’s legal family law matter. Ms. Swensen limits her practice to family law mediation and litigation, including Collaborative Practice. Assisting divorcing parties with their transition to the next chapter of their lives with dignity and respect has been the hallmark of Ms. Swensen’s law practice.

What is a Divorce Coach and Why Do I Need One?

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The Divorce Coach: A Vital Member of the Professional Collaborative Team

As has been proven, the collaborative model works so well because all of the members of the collaborative team play an equally-critical role in the success of the collaborative process. We know that emotions can run high during a divorce. We also know that emotions can get in the way of rational thinking, and the ability to access the cognitive areas of our brain, which is critical for effective problem-solving. Divorce Coaches are best-suited to help clients move past the emotion of a given impasse, and past the high emotions of the divorce itself, and to help clients focus on realistic options to obtain a more favorable outcome for their families.

What is the Role of a Divorce Coach?

A Divorce Coach is a licensed, mental health professional who has specialized training in Collaborative Divorce and Mediation. The Divorce Coach is a co-equal member of the clients’ Collaborative Divorce Team. In a full Collaborative Team, each spouse has a Divorce Coach. In some cases, clients choose to share one Divorce Coach to assist each of them through the collaborative divorce process or mediation.

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