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Moving Divorce Out of Court

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Honors Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00


Divorce and separation create a situation where the parties often have a continuing relationship with each other through the children or through spousal support. Particularly where children are involved, the adversarial system seems to create additional conflict. The present adversarial system asks parents to determine who is a better or worse parent when families rather need to learn cooperative parenting skills for raising children in two separate homes. In addition, the child support system is broken resulting in billions of dollars of uncollected support and a large number of  cooperative parents finding the guidelines not a very useful tool when more and more parents follow an equivalent or nearly equivalent schedule of exchanges .  The more the legislatures and courts try to address those 5-7% of cases that represent the toxic, high conflict personality types, the harder it is for the general public to obtain a reasonable divorce process without excessive costs, whether their case is simple or complex. In all instances, there is the real danger that they start out wanting to be cooperative and then find that they must view the other spouse as their adversary.
A small group of divorce professionals have been meeting for the past 18 months to try to determine new ways to move divorce into an arena where cooperation is stressed, where evaluations and investigations are limited and where the excesses of the adversarial system can be avoided.  Several people who have been a part of that group will speak on progress that has been made.

Marilyn McKnight, Erickson Mediation Institute
Andy Dawkins, Attorney at Law
Steve Erickson, Mediator

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE credits approved | Event Code: 186961

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: MSBA
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402

A brief section business meeting will be held at Noon with the CLE presentation beginning at approximately 12:15 p.m.

ADR Section Members:   $0.00
MSBA Members but not Section Members:  $10.00
Join the Section and Attend at No Additional Cost:  $37.00 (must call Jennifer Carter to use this option)
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Remote Participation:
Teleconferencing is available for this event.  Please select this option when registering.  Instructions will be emailed to you on January 13. 

Deadline to Register:  January 12, 2014
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Questions? Contact:
Jennifer Carter  | 612-278-6309 |

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