An ugly divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating, with partners who once pledged to love and honor each other fighting tooth and nail over every aspect.

In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss a new approach to splitting up: collaborative divorce.

Its goal is to avoid conflict, and mental health professionals are involved from the start.

Dan Gottlieb will further discuss this topic on Voices in the Family today (July 18th, 2011) His guests are Sanford Portnoy, Ph.D., and Bruce Matez, Esq. Dr. Portnoy is the Director of The Center for the Study of Psychology and Divorce at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology where he is also on the doctoral faculty. He's in clinical practice in Massachusetts, where he specializes in marital therapy, marital separation, and divorce. Bruce Matez, Esq., is an attorney for South Jersey Collaborative Law Group and is a member of the firm Borger,Jones, Matez, and Keeley-Cain, P.A.