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The last fifteen years has seen the growing popularity in divorce coaches. These professionals were once psychologists, attorneys, and other professionals who rebranded themselves to help people through divorces. It is comparable to having a wedding planner to walk you through your wedding. These coaches help people with the equally stressful, emotional and sometimes disorienting process of divorce.
Since their original inception, divorce coaches have become specialized in certain fields like law, finance or counseling. Yet, it’s hard to know if all divorce coaches have received training in the process of divorce. If you aren't careful, you could be relying on someone who has been divorced not someone who has helped someone get divorced.
It is important to research a divorce coaches’ background to know if they can provide the help you may need. They could provide pre-legal counseling to prepare you for the steps of the divorce process. Yet, divorce coaches work with divorce lawyers and offer a helping hand with legal terms, they do not offer legal advice.
A divorce coach can also offer an objective partner that can act as a sounding board. Through divorce, most family members and friends may not offer the best advice or best support during this life-changing moment. The divorce coach can create a safe place to work through issues that are presented throughout the divorce process. They are not therapists necessarily, but they can offer you a path to walk through your divorce.
Divorce coaches are still relatively new to the divorce scene. They can be a valuable assistant during this process but they do not take the place of a divorce attorney who can give you sound legal advice. If you have decided that divorce is the best option for you, contact an experienced divorce attorney in DuPage County to begin reviewing your situation.