Almost 35 years ago, the concept of no-fault divorce forever changed the landscape of the American family. Divorce rates skyrocketed, and with that, came the unprecedented explosion of litigation that's become all too familiar. The divorce "industry" was born.
That's when things got ugly. For at least a generation, we have all witnessed or participated in the horror stories - vicious custody battles and families torn apart, a retirement and legacy completely gone. Today, adult children of divorce often shun marriage and relationships, afraid they are doomed to repeat the mistakes of their parents. It's just sad.
Does divorce really have to continue to be so nasty? Was this really the vision of the no-fault divorce?
We don't believe so.
How do we break this pattern? We've begun to ask ourselves, "How can I be the change I wish to see?" "Who needs to be in my network to make change possible?" and "What does it take to have a rewarding practice?"
So far, we know we can't continue to work in our silos when we know there is a better way. But how? It's starts with building bridges.
A symposium brings together the brightest minds, the latest research, and the interdisciplinary setting needed to develop new set of beliefs and expectations. With enough practitioners in this mindset, the majority of divorce cases can be settled privately - without court intervention.
It's time to create a culture of professionals who see themselves as the next generation of divorce - one that assumes kindness, cooperation and respect are possible.
Are you ready to make divorce healthier?