Who Else Can Help
CPA, Tax Preparer – to help you understand the tax choices and implications of a potential settlement.
Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Planner to help you make a detailed plan for the future, and identify personal needs and predict the long-term effect of various options considered.
Appraiser, Real Estate Agent, Mortgage Broker, Bank – to help you explore options around selling a house, refinancing a house and/or buying a house.
Debt Counseling and Consolidation Services – to help you work out a plan for paying off debt (look for non-profit companies).
Attorney – to help you understand the legal process and analyze your options in with an understanding of predicted outcomes in the legal system (the attorney may act in a consulting role or a representative role).
Books, Internet Resources, Videos, etc. – self-help resources to help you learn about divorce and separation, to understand the process and your own reactions to it. One outstanding site for family law information, forms and parenting plan information is the State of Oregon’s Judicial Branch.
Mental Health Professionals
Individual Therapist – to help you to process your feelings and find ways to move forward.
Group Therapist – to help you normalize and see the success of others.
Couples Therapist – to help the two of you to focus on deeper relational work than mediation offers.
Psychiatrist – if you might need deeper treatment and/or medical intervention.
County Mandated or Private Classes – to help you to understand your child’s needs and point of view. See Parenting Resources for a county-by-county list of mandatory parent education classes.
Vocational Counselor – to help you to form a career plan.
College Counselor – to help you explore specific programs, admittance requirements, timeline, costs.
Transitional Classes – to help you gain self-confidence and practical skills for re-entry into the workforce (formerly called “Displaced Homemaker” classes).