The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, a non-profit group of legal, financial and mental health professionals trained in the collaborative process as an alternative to divorce litigation, saw its membership grow in record numbers in 2013.
Hildy Fentin, the immediate past president of Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego (CFLG San Diego), said membership is up nearly 25 percent in the last year.
“Due to court cutbacks, resolving divorce issues or any family law matter through the court system prolongs the resolution of these issues," she said. "This creates enormous financial and emotional strain on everyone involved, especially children.
“We also have more baby boomers getting divorced later in life. These couples want to avoid an expensive, adversarial divorce. They want to work with attorneys, financial specialists and mental health professionals who can provide them an alternative way to address their family law issues."
CFLG San Diego’s members work together to learn, practice and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family.
The group's goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.