Divorce is one of the most stressful and overwhelming things anyone can go through. Most people think that hiring a divorce attorney will help them get through their divorce process and help to decrease the stress that's involved in divorce. While divorce attorneys can have a very important role in the divorce process, they typically do not have training in helping their clients with the emotional or the financial aspects of divorce.
Divorce coaches have experience and training in how to help our clients with the emotional and practical aspects of divorce. I'm a licensed therapist and have been through my own divorce so I understand what steps you need to take to be able to move through your divorce process while working, taking care of your children, taking care of the house and all of the other responsibilities that you have.
As a divorce coach, I help to educate my clients about the divorce process, what professionals you'll need and how to effectively use those professionals. I help my clients manage all of the emotions that come with divorce - grief, regret, fear, shame, anger, etc, - so that they can think clearly as they make important decisions that can impact them and their children's lives. We come up with a plan for what they want their future to look like. We set goals and priorities and the steps that are needed to achieve those goals. I work with my clients on learning how to communicate and co-parent with their soon-to-be-ex (STBX) effectively, even in high conflict situations.
A divorce coach can save you time and money. Working with a divorce coach has benefits:
You won't have to vent to your attorney when you're angry at your ex. They aren't trained to help you navigate your emotions.
You can get an impartial professional opinion from someone who doesn't benefit from a long, drawn out divorce process.
You can learn how to support your children through your divorce.
You'll know how to minimize conflict with your STBX which is better for you and your children.
You’ll efficiently prepare for meetings with attorneys, mediators and other professionals.
You’ll have clarity on your goals and priorities and how to negotiate your divorce.
Divorce coaches can help you feel less overwhelmed, more confident and help you make the best choices for you and your family. Choosing the right professional for your individual situation can be instrumental in helping you navigate the challenging process of divorce with more ease and less stress.
Jill Barnett Kaufman, MSW
Divorce Coach, Licensed Therapist, and Parent Educator