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Is "coffee-shop divorce coaching" the new trend?

A divorce can be an agonizing experience for any couple in the United States, including couples from Massachusetts. It is unfortunate to see a couple who had once been in love engage in a war of words and fight over issues such as child custody, alimony and child support.

Often, a couple needs the support of marriage counselors to thrash out sticky issues. A new trend among professionals is to, instead of meeting in a plush office, meet in a more casual setting at a local coffee house or cafe. In fact, throughout the country, professionals can be seen at establishments such as Starbucks for various business meetings. These professionals range from accountants, lawyers, real estate dealers, and every profession in between, and they carry with them various office devices, such as a laptop to use in the casual setting. Now the question that arises is whether this kind of informal office environment is suitable for divorce coaching.

Former spouses may have differences in schedules and thus need to address time-sharing of their children and they may also want to modify spousal or child support. Will these couples be able to discuss these sensitive divorce-related issues in a coffee shop? Can they really open up? After all, divorce sessions are typically very personal and are often best served in a private setting.

Can Starbucks, Panera Bread, or Cosi's be the new office for divorce coaches? If a person speaks loudly or is unable to control emotions in a public setting, the environment is just not suitable. For others, this means talking about painful matters in a more relaxed, familiar environment. Opinions will inevitably differ, but it is a concept worthy of discussion.

Source: Huffington Post, "Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?" Diane L. Danois, Nov. 5, 2014

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