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How To Have A Good Divorce

Four wooden figures, representing a couple two children, stand on a white paper heart torn in half, symbolizing, obviously, divorce.
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Collaborative divorce aims to make the difficult process of divorce more humane and less focused on conflict. We're talking about this different approach to divorce.

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. Smitha 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 Harringtona 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:

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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