Interested in Joining CFLCW?

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. View the Practitioner Membership Application here.

Associate Membership – see detailed information about this new Member category below.

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! 

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.

The former Affiliate 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


Special Information about Associate Membership.

Beginning with the 2024 membership cycle, the Membership Committee will review applications for membership from those professionals eligible for Associate Membership.

With these changes, Associate members must:

  • complete Building Blocks training;
  • meet the same professional standards as Practitioner Members; and
  • pay dues consistent with Practitioner members.

As Associate Members, they will appear in the Directory of members available to practitioners.

An example of an Associate Member might be an attorney with a practice focused primarily on estate planning. He or she would not serve as the client attorney in a collaborative case, but the team could engage that Associate in a limited role to assist the team and the clients.

There may be any number of Associate Member categories. Practitioner members may list themselves in any Practitioner or Associate Member category for which they meet the CFLCW qualifications. For example, an attorney Practitioner may also list himself or herself as an estate planner or mediator in the Associate category. The same is true for mental health professionals that might be available for referral as a therapist.

This revamped approach has the potential to not only expand the Council’s membership, but also the training and educational programming offered to all members, allow members to assume various roles in the process and encourage members to refer to professionals they know are trained and committed to the Collaborative Process.

Any member or person interested in Associate Membership may contact us at info@cflcw.org.

CATEGORYSTATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTBUILDING BLOCKS REQUIRED?OTHER REQUIREMENT(S)
Parent CoordinatorNoneYesAttorney or Mental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
Co-Parent CounselorNoneYesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
TherapistMental Health Professional*YesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
Child TherapistMental Health Professional*YesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
MediatorNoneYesAttorney, Mental Health or Financial Practitioner per CFLCW requirement with minimum 40 hour mediation training
Consulting AttorneyLicensed Attorney in WisconsinYes
Estate PlannerLicensed Attorney in WisconsinYes
*Mental Health Professional means the following education/degree/licensure:
Ph.D Psychologist
Psy.D Psychologist
LCSW [ Licensed Clinical Social Worker]

LMFT [Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist]
Masters, Marriage & Family Therapy
LPC [Licensed Professional Counsellor]