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
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:
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.
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. We also have a detailed Frequently Asked Questions.
News for you:
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 2nd Saturday Wisconsin to learn more 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 provided by the Foundation.
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: