The Bar Council Family Law Committee, in collaboration with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), is organising a two-day workshop on collaborative family practice. Collaborative family practice (“CFP”) is an interest-based client-centred approach to negotiations dealing with matrimonial disputes. It is a process that is undertaken outside of court proceedings, with a commitment to respectfully resolve the issues out of court.
Collaborative practice is a reasonable approach to divorce, based on the following three principles:
(1) A pledge not to go to court;
(2) An honest exchange of information by both spouses; and
(3) A solution that takes into account the highest priorities of both adults and their children.
CFP aims to assist couples to reach an agreement in a safe and dignified environment, and to meet the needs of all parties, thusavoiding the acrimony caused by hostile litigation. It involves specially trained collaborative lawyers, and other family specialists such as financial advisers and child specialists as necessary, to assist the parties to negotiate an agreement that suits the family. CFP emphasises the needs of the children, provides for open communication, utilises a problem-solving approach, and prepares individuals for the next stage of their lives.
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Kim Gordon started out her legal career as a litigator, and subsequently became one of the pioneers of mediation and then collaborative
practice. Kim’s experience includes 18 years as a traditional divorce lawyer, over 15 years as a collaborative practitioner, and over 20 years as a mediator. Kim was the first in the USA to have a multidisciplinary collaborative law firm, and is now an international trainer in collaborative practice. She teaches both basic and mastery level work, including semester and year-long courses, and is a member of the Faculty for the IACP. Kim is frequently sought out to mentor collaborative teams with difficult cases, and has been honoured with
a lifetime recognition award for her contribution to collaborative practice.
While professional training and expertise are important, Kim also brings to her work the ability to listen, empathise, and help clients and professionals focus on what is important. Divorce is not only a legal and financial process; it is an emotional time. As a collaborative professional, Kim is committed to creating a comfortable environment for clients to work together to lay a foundation to transition into new lives. As an educator, she is committed to helping professionals explore new ways of assisting clients through difficult times and to practise collaboratively.
Sheila Brown is a Registered Social Worker and Accredited Mediator with over 35 years of experience. Sheila specialises in working with families through the process of separation and divorce, and is committed to helping families mov through this transition in as positive a way as possible while minimising the impact of conflict on children. Sheila assists parents to develop parenting plans, and works with separating couples to help them restructure their communication and set new boundaries in their relationship. In her role as a neutral facilitator in collaborative practice, Sheila provides strategic direction to the collaborative team to manage emotion and deal with conflict in a way that moves the process forward. Sheila’s extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary teams informs her work as a collaborative team member. In 2016, Sheila received the James C MacDonald award, from the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, for her extraordinary contributions to furthering the goals of the Federation and for the promotion of collaborative practice in Ontario.
Lisa Schneider is an active IACP Collaborative Practice Trainer in East Bay, San Mateo County and San Francisco for beginner and advanced collaborative practitioners. She is also a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a Registered Financial Planner, and a Registered Investment Advisor who has specialised in the area of divorce since 2001. Over the years she has actively participated in the establishment, growth and ongoing training of collaborative practice groups locally and internationally. Lisa takes an active role in all of her associations both on boards and several active committees. Having studied the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (“PNDC”) model for communication since 2006 and completed an intensive training course in 2011, Lisa incorporates her knowledge into her training courses and incorporates these skills in her work. In 2013, she received the Eureka award in recognition of her commitment and dedication to collaborative divorce.
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