By Tamie Jo Morog, Harrison & Moberly LLP
The first collaborative law training in Indiana occurred 10 years ago. The presenters were Stu Webb, the "father of collaborative law," and Ron Ousky, an experience collaborative law attorney from Minnesota. Though Stu started developing the practice of collaborative law in the 1980s and the practice is now worldwide, it's coming of age in Indiana only now. Indiana attorneys, mental health experts and financial professionals have all been trained in the practice of collaborative law and it's a paradigm shift for litigators and (in my estimation) is the best method of dissolving a marriage. Many practitioners think of collaborative law as a form of alternative dispute resolution and those practitioners who are mediators seem to latch on to this method. We know that the vast majority of cases that go to mediation are settled, but this method surpasses mediation in client satisfaction and meeting the interests of the parties. For a more in depth discussion of the collaborative process, go here.
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