EXPANDING COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE THROUGH THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

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motis@sbcglobal.net

Abstract

Since collaborative law was first proposed, collaborative practitioners have expanded its concepts and methods as it has grown in acceptance by professionals and the public. This article addresses how collaborative law can further expand its theoretical and practical base by drawing from social science perspectives on negotiation, conflict resolution and third-party interventions. It also explores how collaborative practice draws upon two prevailing models of negotiation, the strategic problem-solving and the social-psychological model, and demonstrates how tools from each model can be used at different points in a collaborative case's lifecycle.

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