Collaborative Communication Coach
Written by Kristine Reich

What is a Collaborative Communication Coach?

Wondering what a Collaborative Communication Coach is or how they can help you during the divorce process?

Divorce can be a very emotional process. A Collaborative Communication Coach can help you to prepare for your divorce, understand the process, and decide which divorce process is right for you and your family. Collaborative divorce may help you avoid a myriad of issues and stress that divorce litigation can cause.

Learn more about what a collaborative communication coach is and their role in collaborative process below.

What is a Collaborative Communication Coach?

Definition: A Collaborative Communication Coach, also known as a Collaborative Communication Specialist, is a licensed mental health professional that has experience and training in Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Law, communication skills, and family dynamics.

Coaches can work with you and your spouse to build communication skills that are helpful for problem solving and decision making during the collaborative process and thereafter. Coaches usually work on in conjunction with other family law professionals, such as the attorneys and the financial neutral, to help you and your partner reach a divorce settlement agreement. In collaborative divorce each spouse can have their own coach or they can share a coach. The communication and self-management skills you learn from a Collaborative Communication Coach can also help with post-divorce co-parenting.

What is the Role of a Collaborative Communication Coach?

The role of a Collaborative Communication Coach is to assist you in identifying emotional barriers so you can participate effectively and have productive discussions within the collaborative process. Although this person is a mental health professional, they will not be functioning as your “therapist” at any time.

A Collaborative Communication Coach can help you:

  1. Identify your goals, priorities, and areas of concern
  2. Identify “hot spots” and manage strong emotions so you can participate effectively in collaborative process
  3. Learn non-defensive and non-attacking modes of communication
  4. Learn effective listening skills
  5. Learn effective communication skills
  6. Consider your partner’s interests and negotiate
  7. When kids are involved, a coach helps develop co-parenting strategies and parenting plans
  8. Become more comfortable advocating for yourself

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should at least consider collaborative divorce and take the next steps to learn more about the process:

  • Do you want to learn how to communicate effectively, rather than name-calling or non-stop arguing?
  • Do you want to craft a custom divorce agreement that focuses on your family’s needs?
  • Do you want your divorce details to be kept as private as possible?
  • Do you want to avoid going to court to get divorced?
  • Do you want a better chance of divorcing amicably?
  • Do you think you will get more of what you want by coming to agreements with your spouse, versus having your lawyer and your spouse’s lawyer fight it out in court?

The Collaborative process may help you to achieve some or all of these objectives:

  • Keep your divorce details private
  • Teach you and your spouse how to communicate effectively
  • Give you and your spouse the opportunity to craft a custom divorce agreement
  • Keep your divorce out-of-court
  • Help you save time and money versus going to court for a divorce
  • Help you develop the tools to better communicate with your children moving forward
  • Reduce post-divorce litigation
  • Help you reach an agreement that works for everyone involved

Why Choose Collaborative Divorce in Phoenix or Scottsdale, Arizona?

On average, collaborative divorces in Phoenix and Scottsdale can be finished faster than traditional litigation in a courthouse and can cost considerably less than conventionally litigated divorces in court. In some cases, you can be divorced in as little as 60 to 90 days, and you could each save thousands of litigation dollars.


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Collaborative Divorce Is a Peaceful Divorce Option

Divorce litigation can be scary and emotionally draining for you, your spouse, and your children. But it doesn’t have to be that way with collaborative divorce. The collaborative process can result in a less expensive, more efficient, and less harmful outcome for everyone involved. One of the legalfinancial, and communication professionals at Best Legal Choices can help you navigate this difficult time in your life.


The collaborative divorce process is designed to help people who are willing to work together to make an agreement that benefits the family. Resources that help parents communicate effectively during this process can help them model appropriate behavior for their kids. With love and support, children can more effectively deal with their parents’ divorce. Contact one of the professionals at Best Legal Choices if you’re ready to take the first step toward starting your new life.