A CDS is one who has completed the Certified Divorce Specialists (CDS) Program – a comprehensive training for professionals in various industries who wish to provide better services to their divorcing clients.
The CDS curriculum consists of a specialized communication skills training with a focus on integrating those skills in a client-session environment. It also highlights specific legal, financial, mental health, and real estate information that are integral to the divorce process giving the professional a holistic understanding of their clients’ experience.
It means that the CDS Designee has gone above and beyond to make sure they are equipped with unique skills and divorce-specific information to manage a better experience for all parties involved.
When a couple decides to divorce, they begin a long drawn out journey to separate their lives and begin new ones on their own. Aside from the legal steps necessary to end the marriage, the process involves several changes in various other areas including finance, real estate and mental health. Although the professional might have knowledge in one or more of the areas listed above, if they are providing a service to a divorcing individual, couple, or family, it is imperative for them to be familiarized holistically on ALL the parts that are involved and that the client will need help with. There are many areas that require either collaboration or a basic understanding in order to properly help divorcing clients make the right decisions. One simple choice or step can affect the entire process either negatively or positively.