Client Focused

CFLCW is a not for profit association of collaborative professionals practicing and promoting collaborative law, an alternative to the traditional court system. We believe that the confrontational and inefficient aspects of litigation harm families.

Our Mission

What Our Clients Say

We believe Collaborative law to be a more respectful approach to resolving disputes and serving everyone in the family.

Read what our clients think about their experiences with Collaborative Divorce and their team members.

Our 21st Year

Established in 2000, CFLCW is one of the oldest Collaborative Practice Groups in the world.

CFLCW Members have served as leaders of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, trained colleagues in the Collaborative Process and held leadership positions in a number of related professional organizations.

True professionals

Members of CFLCW are trained to serve you and the family team, and they maintain their skills thorough ongoing learning and development.

Members participate in the continuing education required of their respective professions, but also attend seminars and advanced training in related areas of family law such as tax and family financial topics, mediation skills, and communications. These "Continuing Collaborative Credits" insure that your professional exceeds what is required of them by their licensing authorities.

CFLCW - Supporting Collaborative Divorce in Wisconsin since 2000.

Trained, Experienced and Dedicated Professionals

All Members of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin have specialized training in the Collaborative Process. The professionals work in any number of configurations to assist you reach an agreements on all issues that need to be resolved. Your Team is assembled based on what you and your family need.

Collaborative Practice is based upon a process:

  • Of resolving issues without going to court.
  • Using time tested and innovative problem solving approaches to resolve disputes.
  • Guided by what is important to you. Collaborative professionals ask you about your goals.
  • Requiring transparent sharing of information.

To maintain the problem-solving focus of the process, you will agree in writing that your Collaborative professionals cannot assist you in court if it becomes a contested matter; instead, you will be provided assistance transitioning to new court-based attorneys.


The process is client-driven and family focused. The Goal is a resolution of issues, whether legal, financial or emotional, that make sense for your family. Your attorney is your advocate; he/she is also an advocate for a fair and workable solution that  makes sense for you, your spouse and your children. If your goal is to win at all costs, to extract as much as you can from your partner and the process, then you should spend your resources in court.

Collaborative teams use experts and neutral professionals to help to resolve difficult issues. All are dedicated to the process and to an outcome that makes sense for your family. Not every family needs a child specialist for example, but if you do have children, their expertise can be crucial to resolving issues today and preventing senseless problems in the future.

There are no secrets in Collaborative. Everyone has a voice and the process is transparent. Both you and your partner need to have a common understanding of financial matters for example. Your attorney will advocate for you in Collaborative; but they will also work with you and the other team members - and your partner - to reach workable solutions for the future.

Very often contested divorces are bogged down in what was and who did what to the marriage. Collaborative is a problem solving process first and a legal and financial process second. The challenge in every divorce is to find ways to make two households out of one in a way that works for your finances, your children and your future. Collaborative focuses upon that goal, not who "wins."