I am fortunate to practice law and mediation in what is known as the “largest unified court system in the world” – the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Specifically, in the Domestic Relations Division (in other jurisdictions more commonly referred to as “family court’). For about a month now, the Chief Judge of the … Continue reading Cook County’s Proactive Response To Conflict Resolution During Court Closure
By: Sandra Crawford, JD, Mediator and Collaborative Practitioner With a respectful nod to (Columbian Nobel Laureate) Gabriel “Gabito” Garcia Marquez’s and his epic novel Love in the Time of Cholera, I am starting this blog – Divorce in the Time of Corona. Although, my intended audience is dispute resolution professionals (mediators and Collaborative lawyers, especially … Continue reading DIVORCE IN THE TIME OF CORONA (Musing of a Peace-Making Family Lawyer)
Collaborative Law This article examines a pioneering example of the successful application of the alternative dispute resolution process known as Collaborative Law (“CL”) to solve a business dispute involving the break up and restructuring of a closely held business. While CL already has gained a solid foothold in the US, Canada and elsewhere in the … Continue reading Prescription for Sanity in Resolving Business Disputes
In intact relationships, parents do not usually consider how decisions are made with regard to the care of the children, let along who would carry out the various parenting tasks. However, once parents are living separate and apart, these issues must be clearly specified, understood and agreed upon to avoid conflict and assure proper care. … Continue reading Parenting Plan Considerations
BY: Sandra Crawford, J.D., Mediator and Collaborative Practice Professional From birth on in any human interaction there is always a certain amount of negotiation which must take place for all parties in an attempt to get their respective needs met and for cooperation to be possible. Ever watch a toddler who wants to avoid naptime … Continue reading Learning to Negotiate: Divorcing? Marrying? Either Way Learning to Negotiate Well Can Be the Key to Success.
By: Sandra Crawford, JD, Collaborative Practitioner and Mediator I. Introduction The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview of the interdisciplinary model of conflict resolution known as Collaborative Law, also referred to as Collaborative Practice. This model of dispute resolution has developed over the past 29 years and is now actively practiced … Continue reading Collaborative Practice, a Brief Overview