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The groundbreaking alternative for the millions of couples with children who face divorce each year—couples who want to avoid litigation, but don’t want to give up on getting what they want.
Even under the best circumstances, divorce can be marked by a range of painful emotions. But research now reveals that how a couple conducts themselves during a divorce has far greater impact on their children than the act of divorcing itself. Groundbreaking and revolutionary, The Collaborative Way to Divorce is the first guide to the Collaborative process, a nationally acclaimed approach based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation, yet agree to resolve their differences with no intention of ever going to court.
Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is fast transforming how couples dissolve their marriages, divide their assets, and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they have children. Written by Stu Webb, the founder of the Collaborative law movement and Ron Ousky, an early pioneer of the process, The Collaborative Way to Divorce guides you through the steps of the Collaborative process so that you can make better, more informed, and more strategic decisions—resulting in a win-win outcome for you and your spouse.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Stuart Webb is a Minnesota attorney and a tenant of Collaborative Alliance, Inc. He created the concept of Collaborative Practice.
Ronald Ousky is a pioneer of collaborative law and a board member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.
Table of Contents
Making the Right Decision: How Collaborative Divorce Differs from Other Approaches
The Basics: Comparing the Collaborative Process to a Traditional Divorce 3
Divorce Alternatives: Is the Collaborative Process Right for You? 27
Getting Others on Board
Getting Your Spouse to Agree to the Collaborative Process, and How to Hire an Attorney 67
Other Professionals You May Want on Your Divorce Team 87
Getting Divorced, Collaboratively
Four-Way Meetings 99
Addressing Specific Issues Via the Collaborative Process 113
Goals and Commitment: The First Steps to Success in the Collaborative Process 125
A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Collaborative Process
Preparing for the Four-Way Meetings 149
The First Collaborative Four-Way Meeting 159
The Middle Four-Way Meetings 167
Working Toward Solutions in Between the Four-Way Meetings 171
The Final Four-Way Meeting and Other Closing Steps 181
Putting the Divorce Behind You and Nurturing Your Family's Postdivorce Life 185
Collaborative Law Participation Agreement 191
List of Common Marital Issues 201
Sample Letter to Spouse 205
Checklist of Attorney Questions 207
Examples of Common Goals and Interests in Divorce Cases 211
Guidelines for Parents During Separation and Divorce 219
Sample Budget 222
Ground Rules for the Client for the Collaborative Family Law Process 227
The Importance of State of Mind in Dispute Resolution: A Spiritual Approach 229
What People are Saying About This
This clear, step-by-step guide ... is certain to have lasting benefits for you and your children. (Constance R. Ahrons, Ph.D., author of The Good Divorce)
[An] enormously helpful book . . . [that] can reduce the daunting economic and emotional pain of divorce. (Robert H. Mnookin, chair, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School)
[The groundbreaking guide to the] popular process that is faster, cheaper, and less emotionally taxing than courtroom divorce. (The Wall Street Journal)
[An] enormously helpful book ... [that] can reduce the daunting economic and emotional pain of divorce. (Robert H. Mnookin, chair, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School)