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About Us

The Wisconsin Collaborative Divorce Community is a team of professionals who trained together in the collaborative process, who are used to communicating with one another, and who work next door to each other so communication and workflow can happen immediately. Our attorneys and divorce coaches work together enough that they can quickly anticipate problems and activate strategies that work.

Each Community professional is an independent practitioner. They choose to share an office suite to make the divorce process as easy, convenient and efficient as possible for couples going through the divorce process. Even in this age of smart phones, e-mail and Skype, there is no substitute for face-to-face communication. Working together under one roof has distinct advantages. Instead of dealing with logistics and information gaps, Community team members can focus on what just happened and what needs to happen next.

Our Collaborative Divorce Community is unique in Wisconsin. We are proud to be on the front lines in bringing this innovative approach to other professionals around our state.

Collaborative Practice Attorneys

When a couple decides to pursue a collaborative divorce, they each hire a collaborative practice lawyer. A good collaborative attorney is someone who can park their litigation hat outside the door and focus on not only their own clients interests, needs and goals, but also recognize that the other party has valid interests, too. A collaborative divorce attorney works toward solutions that honor both persons’ wants, needs and goals.

Attorneys Diane L. Mader and Janice K. Wexler are experienced in Wisconsin divorce law. They are also trained experts in divorce planning.

Collaborative divorce is a future focused process. They look for win-win solutions. They support clients in retaining the power to make financial and personal decisions for themselves and their family.Each party to the divorce or termination of domestic partnership can retain one of the Community attorneys. Either party may choose to work with an attorney outside of the Community.


Divorce Coaches

There is specific training for divorce coaching, which requires a set of skills that are completely different those used in therapy. The coach’s goal is to facilitate a successful outcome, not to be an advocate for one spouse/partner over the other. By each person having their own coach, there is a level of neutrality, something that is especially important in high conflict cases.

Divorce coaches Marlin and Cathryn Daniels Kriss help their clients retain equal footing as  active participants in making decisions. They ease fears and give clients the confidence to verbalize their interests, wants, needs and concerns.

Where there are no children, coaches guide clients through the issues and the process. They provide support and perspective. They offer insights that help attorneys judge where each party is in the process and how to best move the process forward

When children are involved, they become the number one priority. Coaches help parents put their differences on the back burner and focus on their kids. The emphasis is on getting the co-parenting relationship off to a good start: keeping alive the possibility of friendly relations which will help to protect children from ugly disputes, and from being caught in the middle of two unhappy and frustrated parents. The goal is to lay the groundwork for a healthy, well-functioning family, post-divorce.

It is the Community’s policy that each spouse/partner in the collaborative process has an initial meeting with a divorce coach to assess the need for ongoing coaching and support. Sometimes no further coaching is needed, but usually the parties welcome and benefit from the services coaches provide. 

Wisconsin Collaborative Divorce Community:

Attorney Diane L. Mader
Attorney Janice K. Wexler
Cathryn Daniels Kriss, MSSW, LCSW
Marlin Kriss, LCSW, CADC

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