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What is a divorce coach?

A new type of professional is becoming more apparent to those frequenting the divorce scene in New Jersey: the divorce coach. According to some, the divorce coach was not apparent until a single attorney re-tailored her image and began calling herself a coach instead of a lawyer. That was in the 1990s. In the 2000s, the phrase "divorce coach" began appearing in newspapers and other media outlets.

But what is a divorce coach? And what can professionals who call themselves that do for a divorce?

Divorce coaches come from a variety of backgrounds. With a budding industry, some may only have the experience of having been divorced in the past. Others have backgrounds as psychotherapists, financial mediators, attorneys and other professions. In many cases, a divorcing couple will visit with a whole team of divorce coaches so that issues can be worked out one at a time with the most qualified professional.

One of the biggest advantages of seeing a divorce coach is the price. Often, the hourly rate for a coach is less expensive than that of an attorney. This is because a divorce coach does not give legal advice, only moral support and guidance through the process. Many people use divorce coaches as their stage to vent about their exes instead of doing the same with an attorney.

Even though coaches may seem to be an alternative to attorneys, they are not and most people who opt for a coach will use them in conjunction with a lawyer. In fact, some lawyers enjoy working with clients that have divorce coaches because, according to one attorney, they keep the client managed and bring a different set of skills to the divorce that are very beneficial to the whole process.

The three things that a divorce coach does for a client are as follows: organization, guidance and pre-legal advice. The presence of each of these can make a divorce much easier to cope with and complete.

Source: Reuters, "YOUR MONEY - What can a divorce coach do for you?," Geoff Williams, Sept. 19, 2012

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