I just got back from Alaska going to continuing educational training on collaborative law. For those that don't know, that is a way of doing a porce or other dispute, outside of the court system. It is always inspiring to me to see how different people handle the skills necessary to do my job well. Collaborative law more than a traditional practice of law emphasizes the importance of effective communication.
My 28 years of practice shows me that lack of communication skills is a huge contributing factor to marriage breakups. A significant advantage to collaborative law over traditional porce litigation is that it is interdisciplinary. That means we use for example, mental health practitioners as "family relationship specialists" or "communication facilitators" and financial specialists. This allows many needs porcing people have to be met in a way that would never be addressed during a more standard porce process.
I'm really impressed that the collaborative law movement is aware of the cutting edge of science and its relevance to our practice. In October of this year, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals is having the annual forum which I hope to attend. It features as the keynote speaker a Dan Ariely, abehavioral economist. He studies the brain and how it works vis-à-vis decision-making. This is an understanding hugely important in my being able to better serve my clients.
Oh, did I mention that the weather was in the 60s to 70s? Heaven.
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Diane M. Wanger