Membership Requirements

Annual Membership Dues: $100
You may mail a check made payable to Memphis Collaborative Alliance to the Treasurer, Robert C. Winfield at 1906 Downing St, Memphis, TN 38117. You may also contact Robert Winfield at 901-230-9655 or rcwinfield57@gmail.com .

Working as a Family Lawyer in the Collaborative Process:

Licensures and Training for Attorneys

  • Licensed member in good standing with the State Bar of Tennessee

Professional Experience and Knowledge

  • Understanding of Tennessee Code Annotated 6A Titles 36-37 and Local Rules of Practice regarding family law matters.
  • Understanding the various methods for valuation and division of assets
  • Child support and alimony issues
  • Parenting Plans
  • Family violence dynamics

Training

  • 2-Day Basic Training course in Collaborative Law that includes interest-based negotiations to be completed within 6 months of becoming a member.
  • General conflict resolution or ADR training including mediation, interest based negotiations, etc.

Organizations

  • Maintain membership in the MCA and serve on a committee. Suggested, but not mandatory, membership in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Termination of Membership

Any attorney who undertakes to represent a client in a collaborative law setting and is unable to settle the case prior to litigation MAY NOT represent said client in a contested litigation. In the event the parties are unable to settle the matter amicably before suit is filed, said attorney member and his/her firm shall withdraw from representing the client. In the event said attorney member fails to withdraw and files suit on grounds in a contested matter, said attorney member shall lose his or her right to be a member of the organization. Upon notice to the organization of this infraction, the chairperson shall so inform the member of their loss of membership.
Working as a Financial Professional in the Collaborative Process:

Licensures and Certifications

  • CFP-Certified Financial Planner
  • CPA-Certified Public Accountant
  • ChFC-Chartered Financial Consultant
  • CDFA-Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Or equivalent license or designation

Professional experience and knowledge

  • Divorce fundamentals and procedures
  • Separate and Community property issues
  • Financial and tax aspects of divorce
  • Child support and spousal maintenance
  • Cash management and spending plans
  • Debt management
  • Employee benefits
  • Retirement and pension plans
  • General income tax issues
  • Investments
  • Estate and trust planning
  • Small businesses
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Property valuation and division
  • Projection of future income and capital
  • Scenario planning
  • Individual and family financial planning concepts

Training

  • 2-Day Basic Training course in Collaborative Law that includes interest-based negotiations.

Organizations

  • Maintain membership in the MCA and serve on a committee. Suggested, but not mandatory, membership in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Termination of Membership

Any financial professional who participates in a collaborative case and the parties are unable to settle the case prior to litigation, that financial professional MAY NOT represent said client in a contested litigation. In the event the parties are unable to settle the matter amicably before suit is filed, said financial professional and his/her firm shall withdraw from representing the client. In the event said financial professional member fails to withdraw and continues to advise either party in a contested matter, said financial professional shall lose his or her right to be a member of the organization. Upon notice to the organization of this infraction, the chairperson shall so inform the member of their loss of membership.

Waiver

Any of the above requirements may be waived by consensus of the membership.
Working as a Mental Health Professional in the Collaborative Process:

Licensures and Certifications

  • Ph.D.-Licensed Psychologist
  • M.D.-Psychiatrist
  • L.M.S.W.-Licensed Social Worker
  • L.M.F.T.-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • L.P.C.-Licensed Professional Counselor

Professional Experience and Knowledge

  • Family Systems Theory
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Impact of divorce on adults and children
  • Stages of grief and effect on families
  • Parenting Plans
  • Co-parenting skills
  • Family violence dynamics
  • Symptoms and treatment of depression, anxiety, and addictive/compulsive behaviors
  • Paradigm shift from therapy to coaching

Training

  • 2-Day Basic Training course in Collaborative Law that includes interest-based negotiations.

Organizations

  • Maintain membership in the MCA and serve on a committee. Suggested, but not mandatory, membership in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Termination of Membership

Any mental health professional who participates in a collaborative case and the parties are unable to settle the case prior to litigation, that mental health professional MAY NOT represent said client in a contested litigation. In the event the parties are unable to settle the matter amicably before suit is filed, said mental health professional and his/her firm shall withdraw from representing the client. In the event said mental health professional member fails to withdraw and continues to advise either party in a contested matter, said mental health professional shall lose his or her right to be a member of the organization. Upon notice to the organization of this infraction, the chairperson shall so inform the member of their loss of membership.

Waiver

Any of the above requirements may be waived by consensus of the membership.