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Collaborative divorce: the importance of organization

Collaborative law is a new approach to divorce that tries to cut through the conflict to find solutions that work for all concerned. This means a resolution that not only fits with the goals of each party, but also is in the best interest of any children involved.

In Lake County, Illinois, and other areas where the collaborative model has gained acceptance, couples can go into a divorce proceeding knowing they don't have to fight tooth and nail about everything. In appropriate cases, an amicable process can produce an optimal result.

It should be acknowledged, however, that there's a lot of preparatory work needed to make the collaborative divorce model work well. After all, it is one thing to seek the contributions of financial advisers, psychologists and other professions to contribute to a divorce settlement. But it is quite another thing to actually gather and organize their input in a useful way.

Such input could easily become filed away in innumerable bulky binders. Today, though, there are efforts underway in Silicon Valley to seek software solutions to the organizational challenge of collaborative divorce. One such company is called Wevorce and offers case-management software to couples who are conducting a collaborative divorce proceeding.

The software is hardly a substitute for the parties' own attorneys. But it can help the parties organize financial records, the reports of counselors and other relevant data.

Though the Wevorce software is not yet available nationwide, the company that created it has plans to make it so.

The key point of this post, however, is not the value of any particular software. It is the need to find the right tools to organize the process of a collaborative divorce.

Source: ABA Journal, "Silicon Valley venture capital group wants to provide kinder, cheaper way to divorce," Leslie A. Gordon, June 1, 2013

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