People getting divorced often feel overwhelmed. And the pain of divorce can leave many vulnerable and wondering where to turn. That’s why the idea of “collaborative divorce” is gaining ground, a way to separate in a deliberate process outside of a courtroom and often mediated by lawyers, mental health professionals and others. We're talking about collaborative divorce and the help—legal, financial, and psychological—the process offers.
Our guests are:
- Nanci A. Smith, a family law attorney practicing Collaborative Divorce in Vermont since 2005.
- Scott Ward, a licensed independent clinical social worker at Burlington nonprofit Networks, Inc. As a therapist he's worked with families in divorce situations for 25 years and for more than six years worked in the collaborative divorce process.
- Kimberly Harrington, a Vermont author and writer who's written about motherhood and divorce, and is working on a new book about marriage and divorce titled But You Seemed So Happy.
Upcoming collaborative divorce events in Vermont include:
- Monthly "Divorce Options" classes at Burlington's Fletcher Free Library
- A May training from the New England Collaborative Project
- A scheduled June training from the Vermont Bar Association
Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.