The degree of gratification felt by Mark and other professionals who have added the newer options to their dispute resolution toolboxes is high, because the clients who have participated in mediated or collaboratively arrived at solutions have been far more satisfied with the financial and emotional costs the privacy of their personal information, and the outcomes mutually agreed upon, than similarly situated litigation clients who have been dragged through the courts, and had a decision imposed from someone who has had very limited exposure to them or their family.


Through Collaborative Solutions North, Mark and his associates plan to let people know they have choices FOR FREE. There will always be some cases that need to be resolved by a third party, a judge. Not everyone is able to participate meaningfully in mediation or a collaborative process. In the end, the issue is finding the right process for each client, after full discussion of the options.


Mark is not alone. He is one of over 5,000 professionals worldwide who belong to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). The IACP promulgates standards for collaborative practice. One standard is the requirement of both basic and advanced mediation training for members. Mark received his mediation training at the Center for Interpersonal Development in New York City and  the National Center for  Conflict Resolution in San Diego, California.


Mark is also an active member of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), a non-profit organization dedicated to insuring that the public is informed about dispute resolution alternatives including collaborative law. At last count, there were 82 active members of CLASP. CLASP provides training for collaborative professionals twice per year and membership is increasing each year.

Mark is one of four founding members of Collaborative Solutions North, an association of professionals who are committed to assisting individuals in working through their differences without going to court.


Collaborative practice is a process which integrates information and techniques gleaned from law, psychology, neuroscience, finance, investing and other disciplines to resolve disputes without going to court.

In the divorce context:  


 

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The information on this website is for general information only and does not constitute legal advice. 

  • Collaborative divorce is an alternative approach to the traditional combative divorce process.  
  • Collaborative divorce engages divorcing couples outside of the courtroom in an open, supportive, lower conflict process to find shared solutions.
  • Collaborative divorce is a team-based approach in which each party has a lawyer in the room and the option to call on trained financial professionals and other counselors for additional support.
  • Collaborative divorce helps the divorcing couple and their families move beyond the divorce and move forward with their lives, so that divorce can be a little less painful.​