a message to your dad,” they can remind
them that it’s not appropriate in a divorce
case. It’s sort of a Bill of Rights for kids.
You don’t have to be a messenger; you
don’t have to carry the check.
Q: What percentage of your clients
access this program?
A: Maybe 50 percent of my practice
involves situations with kids. Of those,
perhaps 50 percent avail themselves of
Q: What percentage of your cases are
A: At this point in time, I would say 40
percent of my cases have mediators or
collaborative involved; and maybe 60
percent are in the court system with some
court hearings set for issues.
Q: How has this evolved during your career?
A: We started the collaborative group here
in San Diego about … 10 years ago? But
there was always some form of mediation
the courts would encourage. The court
system is now relying on us attorneys to
help clients pick mediation or collaborative
or the alternative dispute resolution model
because they’re overloaded.
Q: What are the negatives of
collaborative and ADR?
A: Sometimes people find it very difficult
to acknowledge that they have to
compromise until they sit in a courtroom.
Divorces have a highly emotional state.