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The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method that Results in Less Stress, LowerCosts, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court Hardcover – May 18, 2006
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An increasingly popular process that is often faster, cheaper, and more private than standard courtroom divorces... -- The Wall Street Journal
Invented more than a decade ago by Stuart G. Webb, [collaborative divorce] is gaining in popularity around the nation. -- The New York Times
About the Author
Stuart G. Webb invented collaborative law in 1990. He trains and lectures throughout North America and Europe and has appeared on the CBS Evening News and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Ronald Ousky is a pioneer of collaborative law and a board member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.
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divorce law for 34 years, mediated civil and family law disputes for 10 years, completed collaborative
training, and have begun the collaborative practice of law. I am really
enjoying it and plan to change the focus of my practice to collaborative law.
As a divorced father of two adult children, I have personally experienced the dark side of
divorce via the traditional method and hope to offer clients another option to the traditionally adversarial way of divorcing.This book is a great guide for the practitioner and for those who are considering a divorce. It clearly sets forth the advantages of resolving conflict without the use of the adversarial court system method of "winner take all". I am revamping my website and practice materials and expect to incorporate many of the concepts set forth in this book to assist clients in deciding how they want to pursue their divorce.
I ended up with a recommendation by a recent divorcée to consider the collaborative process. I'd not heard of this, and found this book in the library describing the whole thing. It was quite a relief to know that there was an alternative to the traditional duke it out lawyer vs lawyer ways.
If you believe you are capable to get through your divorce and separation smoothly, then this process could be for you. This book is well worth a read to understand the process, the rationale, and some of the alternatives. I'm happy to see that there is some signs that this is becoming the default process for the legal issues of marriage breakdown. It puts some much needed sanity and order into a very confusing and chaotic event.
With graphics and bullets and quotes and case studies and testimonials, they lay out a different way of approaching a familiar topic. A topic that is oddly familiar to all of us who have been through divorce but a process that is mostly familiar to family lawyers whose work largely replicates the status quo. In proposing an alternative, the authors carefully examine the consequences (emotional and financial) of the old way and the collaborative way.
Again and again, I was delighted to realize "I'm not the only one" as Webb (the founder of the collaborative movement) and Ousky (a lawyer and practitioner) critique the existing approach and describe their alternative.
If I have any negative reactions to the work, they come from a sense that the book is an argument for collaborative divorce. It is an argument I find compelling. It is an argument that I find persuasive. It is an argument that I make in talks in Portland and Vancouver on a regular basis. It is an argument that I've made on television and radio but an argument nonetheless. Stu Webb could probably write another book titled "How to Succeed at Collaboration" and his autobiography in the very near future. This is less than a description of the process and more of a persuasive narration.