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Is Collaborative Law right for Your Family?

When a spouse files for divorce in court there are various paths the divorce process can follow.  The case can be litigated in court where neither party knows what the outcome will be and they leave their fate in the judge’s hands.  The parties can choose mediation and work with a mediator who listens to both spouses and attempts to reach settlement in one or two sessions, or;  the parties can choose to resolve their various issues using the Collaborative Law process.  In the Collaborative Law process the fate of the family is in the hands of those who know the family the best – the parents/spouses.

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Collaborative Law gaining traction in Indiana

The first Collaborative Law training in Indiana  occurred 10 years ago.  The presenters were Stu Webb, the Father of Collaborative Law, and Ron Ousky.  Though Stu started developing the practice of Collaborative Law in the 1980’s and the practice is worldwide, it is only now coming of age in Indiana now.  Indiana attorneys, mental health experts and financial professionals have all been trained in the practice of collaborative law.  It is a paradigm shift for litigators and in my estimation it is the best method of dissolving a marriage.  Many practitioners think of Collaborative Law as a form of ADR and those practitioners who are mediators seem to latch onto this method.  We know that the vast majority of cases that go to mediation are settled, but this method surpasses mediation in client satisfaction and meeting the interests of the parties. 

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