In keeping with the spirit of Family Dispute Resolution Week I am pleased to be able to offer another video snippet of my chat with Stephen Sulemeyer, an expert in collaborative law practice in California.
It is ironic to hear this week that most members of the public who have a family law dispute would rather go to court than use an alternative dispute resolution option such as mediation. I think this is a great pity and I discussed the failings of policy planning from the Ministry of Justice in this regard here.
For now, please have a look at Stephen answering another common question from the public about collaborative law: is it suitable for everyone? I think his answer is honest and encouraging. Collaborative law, like mediation and family arbitration, cannot be a panacea, but to grizzled family law litigators like me, the willingness of a client to at least consider these alternatives to court, is a no-brainer.