Mission Statement:

CDA is an interdisciplinary group of professionals serving people going through separation and divorce. CDA's mission is to promote Collaborative Practice in the DC Area by conducting public outreach, maintaining high standards of professional competence, providing quality services to our clients, and supporting our members and the overall Collaborative community.

Vision Statement:

CDA wants to be viewed as one of the premiere Collaborative practice groups in the Washington, DC area that is inclusive and composed of highly skilled and experienced members.


CDA's values include professionalism, competence, inclusivity, and teamwork.

  • Professionalism is how each member is seen, conducting him or herself in a respectful way when interacting with other professionals and clients.
  • Competence is each member delivering a service to clients and interacting with other professionals in ways that demonstrate knowledge of Collaborative Practice, skills required to participate productively in a Collaborative case and desiring to learn new skills as Collaborative Practice evolves.
  • Inclusivity is the group being open to ideas from other practice groups and professionals who can share information on Collaborative Practice. Inclusivity also is interacting with other practice groups to share resources and work together to promote awareness of Collaborative Practice.
  • Teamwork is respecting and valuing what each member of a Collaborative team brings to the clients and the team. Teamwork is working together as a team without one professional being in a more important role than another.

Board Members/Officers:

Julia Kirvan and Steve Gaba - Co-presidents
Marjorie DiLima - Secretary
Stephanie Fink - Treasurer

Other Board Members:

Mary Ellen Flynn
Geraldine Hess
Heather Hostetter
Donna Van Scoy
Craig Strent
Sara Donohue


Q: What is Collaborative Divorce?
A: Collaborative Divorce is a process for separating or divorcing parties to justly and equitably resolve their differences that avoids the necessity of going to court.

Q: How do I get started?
A: Select an attorney from the list of participating and trained attorneys. She or he will discuss...

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