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Notice: This is the NEW "homepage" while we transition the website!
CFLCW Board approves new Stipulation & Order for Collaborative effective 1-1-2015. Log-in to the secure Member Area for more details.
Are you an attorney, financial specialist, or mental health professional interested in the Collaborative Process? Consider becoming a CFLCW Member - learn more by clicking here.
Thanks to our Members: The information on this website and the support necessary to maintain it is made possible by all of the members of CFLCW, and the extraordinary financial contributions of the CFLCW members listed below - you can visit their websites by clicking on the logos below:
Divorce Financial Solutions
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Affiliate Members Sally & David Hanson Keller Williams Realty
New Berlin, WI 53151
Brookfield, WI 53005
WFA Asset Management Corp.
Whitefish Bay, WI 5321
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach
Madison, WI 53703
D'Angelo & Jones, LLP Waukesha, WI 53188
Diane S. Diel, SC
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Law Offices of Karen Goldman Zimmermann
Bayside, WI 53217
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This web site was developed by the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (CFLCW) to help you - Wisconsin couples and families - learn about collaborative law and help you find the appropriate professionals for your situation.
CFLCW is an association of attorneys, financial experts and divorce coaches and child specialists trained in the Collaborative Divorce, a recognized alternative dispute resolution process. You can learn more about CFLCW - and view a brief video about the value of collaborative - at the About Us link above.
How do you start the collaborative process?
Learn about what "collaborative divorce" is all about - Beginning in the green menu bar above is a link called "How It Works." That is the first page of a self-directed summary of the process.
Introduce the Collaborative approach with your spouse or partner. This is a voluntary process. It is important for both of you to agree that Collaborative is the best process for you to use to get through your divorce.
Put together Your Team. Once you and your partner have agreed to use the Collaborative process, you will each retain your attorney and meet with him or her prior to a first joint meeting.
Schedule a First Joint Meeting. At the first joint meeting you will sign the Collaborative Participation Agreement, identify your major goals and concerns, and plan the next steps of your process.
You are encouraged to read through the detailed description of collaborative practice on this website. A detailed Frequently Asked Questions is available here
Public education sessions about divorce options For information about divorce options in Wisconsin and the Collaborative approach, CFLCW sponsors monthly educational sessions in a program called 2nd Saturday Wisconsin. Visit a special website about these sessions and the schedule for 2014.
The Collaborative Foundation of Wisconsin was created by CFLCW professionals to allow the Collaborative Process to be available to Wisconsin families with limited financial means. You may be eligible for free or low cost services. Visit the Foundation here.
Oct. 13 edition of Milwaukee Journal - Sentinel
Proponents of collaborative divorce, a process that employs extra specialists to help work out a split, are working to provide its benefits to low-income families in Wisconsin for free, or nearly free. | See JSOnline.com
CFLCW has members available to work with military families facing family law and related issues - see our listing of volunteers here.
Testimonials for November, 2014
"Divorce is difficult, but I never regretted choosing the collaborative process. Guided by my attorney and mental health coach, I was able to make my own decisions about my future and asset division at a pace that was comfortable for me."
-Carrie, married 25-years and mother of two children
"Collaborative divorce encourages the parties to communicate directly and resolve issues without court intervention. Agreements reached by the parties themselves will better meet the family's needs and have far greater likelihood of long term success than orders imposed by a judge at the end of a court trial. Most importantly, collaborative divorce helps parents work together to focus on the best interest of their children to avoid the damage caused by ongoing litigation."
Honorable Lee E. Wells,
Retired judge and Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award Recipient
The CFLCW Members below have also provided funding to make this website possible:
Diane L. Mader, JD Law Office of Diane L. Mader, Middleton
Cornerstone Counseling, Milwaukee
Kimberley Ripp, JD Hebl, Hebl & Ripp, Sun Prairie
Janice Wexler, JD J Wexler Law, sc
Christy Brooks, JD
von Briesen & Roper, Milwaukee
Matthew Kons, CFP The Berrall/Kons Group - Waukesha