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For more than 25 years, I have dedicated my law practice to family law matters. An option I have offered to my clients is to resolve their family law problems through the Collaborative Divorce Process.

I was first trained in the Collaborative Divorce Process in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1998. I quickly determined that this Process allowed my clients to resolve their family law matters in a private/confidential, thoughtful, and efficient manner. It is because of this that I spearheaded and pursued with other Northern Kentucky family law attorneys the development of the Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals. I have been an active member of the Academy since its existence in 2002. It is my belief that the Collaborative Divorce Process is the better way to resolve family law matters when differences arise that results in a relationship or family dynamic changing, and legal help is needed. The Collaborative Divorce Process provides clients with the ability to work through their family law matters without the intimidation or fear of having a public court proceeding. It is a client-centered process that allows the clients to help set the pace and agenda of working through resolution versus having no control over the scheduling and subject matter that will be decided by a judge. It is through the Collaborative Divorce Process that I hope to help my clients establish a new relationship with their prior spouse or partner that helps them navigate any future communication or relationship needs, such as co-parenting. The Collaborative Divorce Process is something I believe in and will continue to offer this option to clients to help navigate through their family law matters.

Ruth is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

My ex-wife and I completed our collaborative divorce last year. It was in Kenton County. The process worked very well. Most importantly, our children were not adversely affected by the divorce process. We were able to cooperate with regard to them throughout the process. Because of the Collaborative Process, we did not have to experience the months-long wait for court hearings that other couples experience. We were able to control the process, and work through our divorce more efficiently than in litigation.

Preparing for and attending a collaborative meeting in a divorce is much easier than preparing for and attending a court hearing.

Divorce is always challenging, but the Collaborative Process helped reduce the level of tension and anxiety for us, especially compared to other people I have known that did not do collaborative. We learned a process of communication that we still use to resolve issues with our children.

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