The collaborative coach is a trained therapist, but in this process does not do therapy. Here are the multiple roles a collaborative coach often plays:
Coaches help clients set goals for the process, break goals down into the concrete steps needed to achieve them, and keep clients focused on their goals for the process, if they get sidetracked.
Because divorce is an emotional event as much as it is a legal or financial event, the coach helps clients navigate the feelings that may interfere with negotiating and problem solving.
The coach also teaches communications skills that help couples work respectfully with each other in the process, as well as co-parent effectively after the divorce, if there are children.
If there are children under the age of 18, the coaches help parents craft a Parenting Plan, that includes agreements as to the custody schedule. Coaches specifically work to create a child-focused, durable, flexible parenting plan that is mutually acceptable to both parents, to reduce the potential for future conflict.
If the process is contentious, the coaches are often asked to help facilitate the financial/ legal meetings to help couples get past the areas where they may be stuck.