Two Homes One Family
- To offer the Collaborative Divorce Process at an affordable cost to families of moderate means -in Montgomery County, Maryland.
- To help families experience divorce as a transition rather than a trauma.
What is Two Homes One Family?
Two Homes One Family is a unique program jointly offered by JSSA and CPM (the Collaborative Project of Maryland) that provides the collaborative divorce process to qualifying families in Montgomery County, Maryland at an affordable cost. During the collaborative divorce process, participants focus their efforts on reaching a mutually acceptable resolution outside of court. The parties work with a team of professionals, including attorneys, financial specialists and mental health professionals, who provide the support, information, and guidance the family needs to make informed decisions about their future.
How Two Homes One Family Works
Two Homes One Family is a two-step process:
STEP 1: Participants meet with a Two Homes One Family Project Director, who will help determine the current strengths and needs of the family. If the assessment shows that a family member has pressing mental health needs that JSSA can provide assistance with, the Project Director will help the family access those services immediately. We call this work “Collaborative Prep Work.” By addressing a family’s mental health needs up front, we believe the Collaborative Process that follows will be easier for the family.
STEP 2: The family meets with their team of collaboratively-trained professionals (typically, two attorneys, a coach, and a financial professional) to reach a mutually-acceptable, durable divorce or child custody agreement that works for the whole family.
More About the Collaborative Divorce Process
The collaborative divorce process is a team-based approach based on a set of principles that can significantly change the dynamic between the clients by engaging them outside of the courtroom in an open, supportive, lower-conflict process to find shared solutions. A central tenet of the process is a promise to reach a resolution without court intervention or threat of court intervention.
The parties work with their team of professionals to avoid the uncertain outcomes of court litigation and to achieve an agreement that best meets the specific needs of both parties as well as their family as a whole. The team also helps the parties learn new skills for more effective communication, conflict resolution and post-divorce co-parenting, so that they experience divorce as a transition rather than a trauma.