For children experiencing their parents’ separation, the space between “what was” and “what is next” is a place of loss, waiting, and not knowing. The family is no longer what it once was, but not yet what it will be. Anthropologists have described the transition between states or statuses as “liminality.”
In my memories of childhood, I remember my father saying: He who whispers down a well, about the goods he has to sell, will never make as many dollars, as he who climbs a tree and hollers.
As a child, I could see the tree. It was an oak tree, broad and tall. I could see the well. It was made of stone blocks and had a bucket on a rope. I could even see someone in the tree shouting. I could see it. I thought I understood it. But I never applied it.
In many ways the Collaborative Practice movement stands at the intersection of the well and the tree.
My firm started working from home during the pandemic, and my kids, Landon, age 7, and Kendall, age 4, switched to schooling from home around that same time.
Overnight, I became a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher, in addition to my roles as attorney and business owner. Now I not only needed to fill my days with drumming up work for my employees and keeping my worried clients calm, I also needed to keep my kids entertained and somehow squeeze in time to supervise homeschooling.
Like most industries, the legal world is adapting to this strange and unexpected new world we find ourselves thrust into in the Spring of 2020. COVID-19 is affecting divorce and other family law cases, just like everything else.
First of all, many courts have suspended all non-critical hearings. In the jurisdictions where I practice, this has resulted in most courts allowing agreed orders, including final orders on divorce (also known as final decrees of divorce) and child custody to be submitted electronically with an affidavit en lieu of testimony.
Collaborative Practice is being utilized in 25 different countries, in every state of the Union of the United States, and in every province in Canada. It is the wave of the future!
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Appreciate the opportunities that lockdown offers us.
I wrote this article a while back and recognize how relevant it is today, not only for our clients but for us as Collaborative Professionals. As we work our way through this pandemic, we are prompted to value the simple things. We are also called to notice the local and larger impact of adversity.
Like most Collaborative Professionals, I have found myself working almost exclusively from home. Though I had worked from home in the past, I always had the option of going into the office to access needed equipment (such as an industrial scanner) that made life easier. Now, not so much. Fortunately, I had some software in place that made the transition to an at-home practice easier, and I have had to quickly learn new software.
Managing a Collaborative Case Thousands of Miles Away
In the era of COVID-19, everyone is just now clamoring to use Zoom and other virtual meeting software to conduct business. However, my Collaborative Divorce colleagues and I were already doing it.