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The Central Iowa Academy Of Collaborative Professionals (CIACP) is a consortium of Family Law attorneys who offer a cooperative way to divorce, unlike the traditional adversarial method. The CIACP trains and screens attorneys for membership, and is your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative lawyers for both you and your spouse. The CIACP is also your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative professionals such as Child Specialists and Financial Specialists they are available here.

Mary M. Riche

Divorce Coach Specialist


1922 Ingersoll Avenue, Suite 118 Des Moines, IA 50309

DIVORCE. Individual roles change and family boundaries shift. Spouses become ex-spouses. New boundaries create confusion. Children have two addresses and overnight schedules to remember and new rules to follow. In-laws become formers. Stress meters can register “off the charts” when measuring emotional tension during the transition. As a divorce coach, I become part of the team dedicated to peaceful problem solving even during the highly emotion-charged atmosphere that such a change like divorce can create. I hope to add value by facilitating clear, rational communication between the spouses as they dissolve the marital contract. I want to help spouses find clarity as they establish priorities and deliberate the decisions required on the business side of divorce. At times, I’m teaching communication skills so the negotiations can stay focused on overcoming differences. Other times, I’m providing information that encourages a framework of cooperative, co-parenting to ease the stress on the children by taking them out of the middle of differences between the parents. I see myself as a change agent, hoping to make it easier for clients to stay centered and balanced while maintaining their personal integrity during the most challenging compromises required as part of the final decree. My hope is that divorcing individuals can become empowered to create positive futures for themselves as ex-spouses, and even more importantly, for their lifetime roles as cooperative parents to their children. In my private clinical practice, I’m a psychotherapist, LISW, ACSW, MSW from University of IA. My credentials include postgraduate training in the practice of the relaxation response; certification as a family law mediator; executive coach; and collaborative divorce coach. My graduate program research studied the emotional impact on women experiencing infertility, so a specialty area of my practice centers on fertility and infertility issues. When I’m not working in my office, I can be found tending the perennials in my flower garden, seeing movies, serving my community through church and non-profit organizations; or planning my next travel adventure.

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