Forrest S. Mosten
Collaborative Divorce Handbook
Helping families without going to court
Praise for Collaborative Divorce Handbook
"There are many roads to peace. Whether you engage in collaborative practice, which by definition includes the provision that professionals will not represent the parties in litigation, or some other process for respectful conflict resolution, you will find Collaborative Divorce Handbook to be an invaluable resource for deepening your understanding and enhancing your skills as a peacemaker."
Talia L. Katz, JD, executive director, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
"Collaborative lawyering is a promising new way of resolving disputes through joint problem solving rather than adversary litigation that has particular appeal for divorce cases. Whether you are a client who seeks to learn more about it or a lawyer using it who desires a wise guiding hand, this book is an invaluable resource."
Frank E. A. Sander, Bussey Professor Emeritus, Harvard Law School
"Written by one of the innovative thinkers in the field, Collaborative Divorce Handbook is a treasure of information for all professionals interested in collaborative divorce. Easy to read, expansive, and chock-full of resources, it is bound to become a classic."
Constance Ahrons, PhD, author, The Good Divorce and We're Still Family, and professor emerita, University of Southern California
"Family law is changing. As more people realize that the adversarial process is expensive, degrading, and stressful, they look for alternatives and find it in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Woody Mosten is the nationally recognized leader of this movement, and his book on collaborative practice literally will be 'The Handbook' we will all follow."
Garrett C. Dailey, Esq., CFLS, AAML, president, Attorney's BriefCase, Inc.
1 A Paradigm Change from an Adversarial to a Collaborative Perspective.
2 Collaborative Divorce: What It Is and How It Works
3 How Collaborative Divorce Works with Mediation and Unbundled Legal Services.
4 Toolbox of Strategies for Collaborative Agreement.
5 The Interdisciplinary Approach of Collaborative Divorce.
6 Informed Consent and Other Best Practices to Ensure Competence.
7 Making Collaborative Divorce Practice Your Day Job.
8 Building a Profitable Collaborative Practice.
9 Walking the Collaborative Walk: Taking Twenty-Five Steps Toward Peacemaking.
Appendix A: Additional Resources.
Appendix B: Resources on The Collaborative Divorce Handbook Web Site.
About the Author.
About the Contributors.
—Julie Macfarlane in Family Court Review, Volume 48, Number 3, July 2010.
“Collaborative Divorce Handbook provides a step-by-step guide to the concepts, tools, and strategies needed to enter or improve upon collaborative practice. But, more significantly, Mosten’s test provides a compelling call to re-center legal practice around the client.”
— J. Herbie DiFonzo in Family Law Quarterly, Volume 44, Number 1, Spring 2010.