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Bar Bulletin

Viewing the Divorce Consultation Through a Different Lens

November 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Keith Grossman

At the 2018 Annual Conference of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, I was inspired to re-analyze how I conduct my initial client consultation by trainer Kevin Scudder, a collaborative attorney and mediator who had travelled from Seattle to share his knowledge.1

Scudder’s consultation focuses on peaceful resolution options, which is different than the traditional divorce consultation. From a “warrior lens,” attorneys ask questions during a consultation designed to plan litigation strategy. Potential clients are treated like they are in a courtroom during a cross-examination.

Scudder says:

As a divorce lawyer focused on peacemaking (helping my client reach a client-focused peaceful...

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