Join the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin

THE STEPS TO JOINING CFLCW:

Complete the online Application –  Practitioner or Associate

Pay the one time Enrollment Fee – or email us for installments.


Membership in the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (CFLCW) provides family law attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors with the resources, training and support to develop and grow a collaborative practice. The Collaborative Process involves several professional disciplines with different degrees of intensity of service and subject matter expertise. Our membership recognizes the unique and valuable contributions of every member regardless of category and seeks to include all who share our commitment to the process.

In 2023 the CFLCW Board of Directors adopted the CFLCW Ethics & Standards of Practice. It outlines what is expected of CFLCW members. There are educational, licensure and training requirements.

There are three types of Practitioner Membership – Practitioner, Associate and Emeritus.

Practitioner Membership is for those legal, mental health and financial services professionals who will be directly involved in the Collaborative Team upon which the process is based. Therefore, maintaining a distinctive level of training, professional standing and ongoing development is critical given this direct client interface. The requirements for Practitioner Membership are:

  • Attend the Building Blocks of Collaborative Practice or an equivalent approved collaborative family law training and participate in the 5 Collaborative Academy continuing education sessions held in your first year. The Building Blocks session for 2024 has not been scheduled.
  • Maintain any required professional license to practice in Wisconsin and be in good standing within your profession (attorneys must be in good standing with the State Bar of Wisconsin);
  • Adhere to the principles and guidelines of collaborative family law as prescribed by the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin; and
  • Maintain professional liability insurance coverage as required by your license or professional organization.

In 2023, the CFLCW Board of Directors adopted the CFLCW Ethics & Standards of Practice which outlines the expectations of members and the academic and licensure requirements for Practitioners. You are urged to review those standards at this link before submitting your application.

To become a Collaborative Practitioner or Associate member, you must meet the following academic requirements:

Attorneys: Licensed attorney in the State of Wisconsin

Financial Professionals:

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA)
Chartered Financial Account (ChFC)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Please click here to complete a Practitioner Membership Application


Associate Members serve in an advisory role to the client and client team in a limited and defined capacity. An example of a Associate may be an attorney serving as a estate planner, or a psychologist with specialization in child therapy assisting the child during and following the divorce. Associate members do not serve as one of the primary client team members and have chosen to provide these limited and defined services. CFLCW Practitioner members are regularly notified of Associate Members and are expected to refer to and engage Associate Members in their Collaborative Practice. You can read more about the new Associate category here.

Please click here to complete an Associate Membership Application


The former Affiliate Membership category has been revised for 2024 and includes an expansion of the benefits offered to the new Affiliate Sponsor category.

Affiliate Sponsors represent individuals and firms that provide valuable services to families going through a divorce. Affiliate Sponsors may be mortgage lenders, real estate agents, investment experts and a host of other disciplines. All Affiliate Sponsors complete a training session that covers the collaborative and mediation divorce processes and the impact upon the family. Affiliate Sponsors must be recommended for membership by at least two Practitioner members.

Please click here to complete an Affiliate Sponsor Membership Application


NEW – Student Membership in CLFCW

Qualifying students in the legal, mental health and financial services professions may now join CFLCW at no cost. Click Here to learn more and to apply.


Emeritus Membership is available for those Practitioner & Associate Members that have retired from practice and wish to remain connected to CFLCW and their colleagues. Emeritus Members will receive notices of CFLCW professional and social events, and there is no cost associated with the membership. If you are interested please contact us! 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP, PLEASE EMAIL US