This seminar addresses the elements and principles of Collaborative Law, as applied specifically to the practice area of Collaborative Divorce.
Collaborative Divorce is an out-of-court dispute resolution process that places the needs and interests of the clients and their families first. The clients are supported by collaboratively trained team of professionals. These include attorneys trained in the collaborative divorce process, and depending on the needs of the clients may also include: a neutral mental health professional who helps the clients with effective communication skills and managing emotions during the process; a neutral financial professional who helps the clients understand their present and future financial picture; and a neutral mental health professional who works with the children so their interests remain in the forefront.
A moderator will introduce the principles of Collaborative Divorce and speak about its history and world-wide growth.
Attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals will describe the Collaborative Divorce process and how it is distinguished from other dispute resolution processes. They will each describe their roles, duties and ethical responsibilities in the process and demonstrate how they work together as an interdisciplinary team to support the clients through the legal divorce.
Collaborative Divorce in particular includes committed and innovative approaches to placing children first. This is accomplished by use of a child specialist who interacts with the children as a member of the Collaborative Divorce team. The child specialist focuses on the children’s needs by helping create workable parent agreements and advising parents how to diminish the often difficult side effects of divorce on children.
- Honorable Jack Assini, Arizona Superior Court in Pima County
- Honorable Alyce Pennington, Arizona Superior Court in Pima County
- Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and the Co-Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program
- Peter Axelrod, Law Office of Peter Axelrod
- David Hamra, Principal & Founder, Gordian Advisors LLC
- Robert Hersch, Esq.
- Priscilla Misner, LCSW, Esperero Family Center
- Rita Pollak, PollakHeenan LLC
- Beth Winters, Licensed Professional Counselor
- Sarah Wright, Wright & Wright PLLC