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The Member News Page has an important update - November 20, 2014

Dec. 5, 2014 - Foundation Fun(d) Raiser
Jan. 20, 2015 - Family Tax Seminar
Feb 19/20, 2015 - Building Blocks Training

CFLCW Board approves new Stipulation & Order for Collaborative effective 1-1-2015. Log-in to the secure Member Area for more details.

Attorneys, Mental Health Professionals and Financial Specialists interested in Collaborative Practice - next training session set for Feb. 19-20, 2015
Register for 2015 Building Blocks Training

Learn about joining CFLCW.

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 here - you can visit their websites by clicking on the logos below:

Divorce Financial Solutions
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Brookfield, WI 53005

WFA Asset Management Corp.
Whitefish Bay, WI 5321

Affiliate Members Sally & David Hanson
Keller Williams Realty
New Berlin, WI 53151

Cullen Weston Pines & Bach
Madison, WI 53703

Diane S. Diel, SC
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Law Offices of Karen Goldman Zimmermann
Bayside, WI 53217

Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Burbach & Stansbury

Milwaukee, WI

von Briesen & Roper
Milwaukee, WI

Affiliate Member Daniel K. Smith
Waddell & Reed

D'Angelo & Jones, LLP
Waukesha, WI 53188

Cornerstone Counseling
Cornerstone Counseling

Janice Wexler, JD

Hebl, Hebl & Ripp, LLP

First Federal - Anne Brannon

Jim Cotterone, Jr & Charles Albrecht

This web site is for for Wisconsin couples and families to learn about collaborative law and help you find the appropriate professionals for your situation.

The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (CFLCW) is a not-for-profit association of attorneys, financial experts, divorce coaches and child specialists trained in the Collaborative Divorce. Read About who we are.

There are very important differences between the Collaborative Process and traditional litigation. Throughout this website you can view brief videos about those differences, how the Collaborative Process works, and the professionals that practice Collaborative.

Susan Hansen, JD, an experienced Collaborative attorney,discusses the uniqueness of the Collaborative Process:


Here are 5 recommended steps to follow to learn more about the Collaborative Process:

  1. Learn about what "collaborative divorce" is all about - Beginning in the green menu bar above is a link called "Learn About Collaborative." That is the first page of a self-directed Tour of Collaborative; it provides an overview of the process and what you can expect.

  2. Talk to a collaborative professional - You can search for an attorney or a coach on this website at our Search for a Professional page.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. We also have a detailed Frequently Asked Questions.


News for you:

2ndSatPublic 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 2nd Saturday Wisconsin to learn more about these sessions and the schedule for 2014.

Upcoming Session on december 13, 10 am to 12 Noon:
December 13, 2014 - 10 AM to Noon
Oak Creek Community Center, Oak Creek

News for you:

Collab FoundationThe 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 provided by the Foundation.

Visit the NEW Collaborative Foundation FaceBook Page!

News for you:

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

Additional financial support for this website has been provided by the following CFLCW Members:

updated 11.18.14


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