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The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, LowerCosts, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court [Paperback]

Stuart G. Webb , Ron Ousky

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June 26 2007
Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is a nationally acclaimed approach that is transforming how couples divide their assets and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they share custody of children. Based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation yet agree to resolve their differences without going to court, Collaborative divorce is generally less expensive and quicker than litigation, gives the couple greater control over the outcome of their divorce, and keeps children out of the controversy. Clear, compassionate, and comprehensive, The Collaborative Way to Divorce offers a dignified, effective solution to one of life?s most difficult situations.



Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (June 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288355
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.4 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[An] enormously helpful book . . . [that] can reduce the daunting economic and emotional pain of divorce. (Robert H. Mnookin, chair, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School)

[The groundbreaking guide to the] popular process that is faster, cheaper, and less emotionally taxing than courtroom divorce. (The Wall Street Journal)


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Healthiest Way to Divorce Jan. 13 2007
By Jac E. Knust - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished this book, which was easy to read and well written. I have practiced

divorce law for 34 years, mediated civil and family law disputes for 10 years, completed collaborative

training, and have begun the collaborative practice of law. I am really

enjoying it and plan to change the focus of my practice to collaborative law.

As a divorced father of two adult children, I have personally experienced the dark side of

divorce via the traditional method and hope to offer clients another option to the traditionally adversarial way of divorcing.This book is a great guide for the practitioner and for those who are considering a divorce. It clearly sets forth the advantages of resolving conflict without the use of the adversarial court system method of "winner take all". I am revamping my website and practice materials and expect to incorporate many of the concepts set forth in this book to assist clients in deciding how they want to pursue their divorce.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book for clients and practitioners (attorneys, mental health, financial and other professionals) Nov. 4 2006
By Carl J. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a family law attorney in Minnesota who believes that helping my clients is more important than maximizing my billable time, I am starting to use the Collaborative Practice method in some of my family law cases. After reading this book, The Collaborative Way to Divorce, I decided that the Collaborative Practice method would be better (less expensive with better outcomes) than traditional litigation for many of my family law clients. In family law cases (most often divorce), I frequently recommend proceeding Collaboratively rather than through traditional litigation, especially where children are involved. The Collaborative Way to Divorce leads both the client and the practitioner (attorneys, mental health, financial and other professionals) through both the benefits and the process of proceeding collaboratively. This book is readable by nonlawyers and lawyers alike and I highly recommend it. I regularly purchase a handful of copies of this book to give out to clients, clergy, and others who may be interested in learning about Collaborative Practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Two Key Books to Read if Contemplating Divorce Aug. 8 2006
By Gunnar Gitlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is one which I would recommend to any individual considering a divorce. One of the authors of the book, Stu Webb, is the "founder" of the collaborative divorce movement. The book should be read before selecting and going forward with traditional adversarial representation. There are several pros of the book are that it is written with one voice - despite being written by two lawyers. It is clearly written. The alternative book is the book with Pauline Tessler as co-author. This books is somewhat longer and more inter-disciplinary in its approach. The co-author is a psychologist. If you are looking for the book that is easiest to read yet, by this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent process for reducing marital separtion conflict July 17 2010
By Peeter Joot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'd read a few books on divorce in preparation, knowing that we'd need a separation agreement to firm up financial issues and for various matters related to the kids. We'd had a fair amount of conflict leading up to this point in time, but eventually completed an asymptotic approach to a mutual acceptance of the marriage breakdown. With that came agreements on most issues, but I was dreading the legal process that I knew to be required. I figured that it was going to inevitably lead back to fights and conflict over issues that we'd actually (at least mostly) resolved.

I ended up with a recommendation by a recent divorcée to consider the collaborative process. I'd not heard of this, and found this book in the library describing the whole thing. It was quite a relief to know that there was an alternative to the traditional duke it out lawyer vs lawyer ways.

If you believe you are capable to get through your divorce and separation smoothly, then this process could be for you. This book is well worth a read to understand the process, the rationale, and some of the alternatives. I'm happy to see that there is some signs that this is becoming the default process for the legal issues of marriage breakdown. It puts some much needed sanity and order into a very confusing and chaotic event.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collaborative Divorce is absolutely worth reading! Oct. 31 2007
By Julie Rappaport - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having met with Ron Ousky, I am only sorry to say this book wasn't out when we were looking for help to keep our family intact even though we were divorcing.

Our own story is one that many people say they can relate to, having each of the family members write their own version of how the divorce came to pass and how we stayed family through it, not only surviving, but thriving.

We're happy to support the Collaborative Law Institute and share its own message, similar to our own... A Family Doesn't Have To End Just Because A Marriage Does!

Relational Shifts: A Family Doesn't Have to End Just Because a Marriage Does

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