Divorce & Separation


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Divorce can be an isolating and a very stressful experience.

It may also be a time to rediscover your strengths, open yourself up for new possibilities and build a better future.

You can use the services of Divorce Coaches and Child Specialists whether you are in a mediation, litigation or collaborative process.

A Divorce Coach is a licensed mental health professional trained to help you and your partner communicate and solve family matters.
Besides providing the emotional support you need through this process, a divorce coach is trained to help you create a Parenting Plan that responds to the needs of your children and your family.
The Parenting Plan can later be included as an appendix in your Separation Agreement.   


A Child Specialist is a licensed mental health professional that focuses exclusively on children's needs and concerns.​

​Within the Collaborative Process, the Child Specialist meets only with the children and later brings children's views and interests to the parents and divorce coaches. Information provided by the Child Specialist helps parents take into consideration the children's needs in the Parenting Plan. 


What is collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a NO-COURT process.
Qualified professionals - including collaborative lawyers, divorce coaches and child specialists - help you and your partner settle issues regarding separation. It is an effective and supportive process that can save your family valuable time and money. As it takes into consideration the needs of your children, it also helps to protect your children's well-being.
Gisella La Madrid is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a trained Collaborative Coach and Child Specialist.

To request more information or book an appointment