PRESS RELEASE – CIACP SPONSORS 1ST COLLABORATIVE LAW SEMINAR

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CIACP SPONSORS COLLABORATIVE LAW SEMINAR AT THE INDIANAPOLIS BAR ASSOCIATION
CARMEL, IN – April 28, 2011 – The Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals (CIACP) has coordinated the first interdisciplinary collaborative law training seminar at the Indianapolis Bar Association. The two-day course is designed for attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals and financial advisors to become trained in collaborative practice, which is a form of alternative dispute resolution to assist clients in settling cases without litigation. Nearly 40 attendees registered for the seminar, which qualifies for continuing legal education credits.

CIACP was created by attorneys Stephenie Jocham, Holly Wanzer, and Elisabeth Edwards, members of the Family Law Practice Group of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, PC who saw a need to organize a membership of professionals in Central Indiana, due to growing demand for collaborative law services. Jocham believes many factors have resulted in more clients seeking ways to avoid going to court to deal with their family law issues. One significant factor for many spouses was the recession, which motivated many parties to request a less expensive process to resolve their divorces. Growing awareness about collaborative law has also begun to influence more potential clients as they learn about the privacy and flexibility of the process, which promotes cooperation among the parties rather than confrontation in the courtroom.

Since its development in the 1980’s, collaborative law continues gaining in popularity. Primarily used in divorce cases, it is a suitable technique for other family law and civil matters as well. In the collaborative process, the parties and their attorneys enter into an agreement to work things out through open communication and shared information and agree not to go to court or use the information in any litigation. The parties typically participated in a series of structured settlement conferences, using other financial or counseling experts as needed to assist in the details. Parties have more control to work out settlement details and find creative solutions for their problems. Positive outcomes are best reached through respectful communications, not courtroom battles.

JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, is a Carmel law firm providing personalized legal services with a responsive and compassionate approach. The practice assists clients in all areas of family law, collaborative law and mediation, as well as adoption, surrogacy and business litigation. For more information, please contact Amber Burton Small at 317.569.0770, or visit www.jhdj-law.com. For more information on membership in the CIACP, go to http://www.collaborative-divorce.org/.