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About CDPIE

Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire (CDPIE) was founded in 2007 to assist couples contemplating divorce and educate interested persons and professionals about out-of-court options to traditional divorce litigation, including collaborative divorce. Experienced CDPIE members include family law attorneys, and mental health and financial professionals, all of whom are specially trained in collaborative divorce, mediation, and conflict resolution.

CDPIE professionals offer a learn approach to provide legal advice, emotional assistance, and financial guidance — much more support than is usually available to divorcing couples and their families. Our attorneys guide you through the legal process to reach a negotiated settlement. Our coaches assist you in managing your anxiety, communicating directly and respectfully, creating a parenting plan, and giving your children a voice. Our financial professionals help educate you about the best ways to divide your assets and finance two households. CDPIE professionals support you through your transition In a knowledgeable, compassionate, and non-adversarial way to make the best decisions for your family.

The fee for CDPIE professionals varies, but because they are committed to working with you as a team, the overall cost of your divorce is likely to be less than the cost of a traditional divorce.

For more information, please contact a collaborative divorce attorney, coach or financial specialist.

LEGAL COUNSEL

Though Collaborative Practice seeks to avoid going to court, the settlement is still a legal agreement. Therefore, it is essential that a lawyer be involved to advise you on all matters of law, from child custody and support to maintenance agreements to financial settlements and property distribution. Collaborative lawyers have made a commitment to the unique practice of the collaborative model.

DIVORCE COACH

Divorce is a major life transition; while it marks the end of one part of your life, it is also the beginning of another. A divorce coach helps you manage the pain and strain of changing relationships, while focusing on goals for the present and the future. Working with you to make the most of your strengths, your divorce coach assists you in being at your best during the divorce process, then taking positive steps to a new life.

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

The divorce settlement will in part determine your financial well-being for many years to come. It is critical that it be soundly structured, especially if your spouse assumed more responsibility for your family’s finances. The guidance of a financial consultant will help protect your interests. Reviewing all assets and incomes, the financial consultant will assist you in developing viable financial options for your future. Evaluating the choices, you and your lawyer can then construct a comprehensive plan for the next stage of your life.

CHILD SPECIALIST

Children may suffer most from divorce, and be least able to understand or express their feelings. Their world is being turned upside down in ways that they cannot begin to comprehend. Communication with parents may be difficult, if not impossible. A goal of Collaborative Practice is to assure that children are a priority, not a casualty. The child specialist, an individual skilled in understanding children, will meet with your children privately, assisting them in expressing their feelings and concerns about the divorce. Encouraging children to think creatively about the future, the child specialist then communicates their feelings, concerns and hopes to the team to consider when planning for the children’s lives.