Laurie Israel

Why Add a Neutral Process Coach to a Collaborative Divorce?

June 16, 2011 by  
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Collaborative divorce combines several elements of the divorce process into an effective whole.  The result is, in general, a divorce that is more closely tailored to the needs and interests of the divorcing individuals (and their children).  But adding a Neutral Process Coach to the mix may provide great value and lead to a better result.

Here are some of the features of collaborative divorce:

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Laurie Israel

“Divorce Tourism” – American Style

February 14, 2011 by  
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In India, only one out of every hundred marriages fails.  But the divorce rate is rising, especially in big cities, due to changing lifestyles, urbanization, women’s economic independence, and growing prevalence of “western” attitudes towards marriage.  Though the divorce rate is low compared to most developed countries, it has reportedly doubled in the past five years.   At the same time, traditional Indian culture views divorce as shameful, and marital counseling is only just beginning to gain acceptance.

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Laurie Israel

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
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Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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Laurie Israel

Virginia Collaborative Professionals publishes humorous video distinguishing divorce litigation from collaborative divorce.

September 11, 2010 by  
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The Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) professions recently sponsored a collaborative divorce Video Contest.  I liked the video of the VaCP group, called “Collaboration is Cool”,  which features a bunch of middle-aged (late middle-aged?) collaborative professionals singing new words to “I Ain’t Got a Barrel of Money (Side by Side)”.  Here’s the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhN_aOOq_DM  It’s corny, but pretty darn good (I love seeing videos of lawyers making fools of themselves), and starkly explains the difference between litigating divorce and collaborating on the divorce.

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