Collaborative Practice

A New Virus in Spain

According to the last information from the Spanish government, as of June 15, 2020, 27,940 people have died due to COVID-19.

From March 13, 2020, our life and country have changed. We could not meet with friends, visit family, walk down the street, or hug. Our country closed down. For many days Spain was in the headlines worldwide due to the spread of infections and many deaths.

Obviously, the courts were closed. Terms of the statute of limitations were suspended. Our time seemed to stand still.

Doing Good Work: The Pro Bono Pilot Project in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Courts

As the co-chair of the Pro-Bono Pilot Project in the Broward County Court House, part of my job is to reach out to our local professional Collaborative community and gather volunteers (including attorneys, neutral facilitators, and neutral financial professionals), who are assigned into teams. When the project began to take off and cases started to be assigned, there was a buzz of excitement amongst our Collaborative professionals.  For many of them, they were finally getting to put the Collaborative Divorce Process into practice!

The Collaborative Child Specialist: Leading Families Through Liminality

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.”

The Little Old Lady Carrying a Brown Suitcase - A Collaborative Divorce success story

Recently, I was invited to a client lunch with a financial adviser trained in Collaborative Practice, with whom I work,  and to whom I've referred several clients for assistance in both Collaborative matters and mediations.   To my surprise and delight, I was seated at the table next to a former client (*Mary).  To say that I did not recognise her would be an understatement.  She literally looked like a new woman, and not because she had aged during the approximately eight years since I worked with her.