When most people hear the words “divorce proceedings,” it conjures up scary images of impersonal courtrooms and the airing of the marriage’s dirty laundry in court. When children are involved, words you never thought would impact you — alienation, abandonment, abuse — all of a sudden are rolling off tongues. Before you walk the walk, are there steps you can take to help make a “compassionate divorce” happen? Maybe. Consider a Collaborative Divorce or Mediation.