New research and family law articles propose resolving family law conflict through the use of a new interdisciplinary approach, one in which therapists, attorneys’ interact and work together to resolve conflict. The interdisciplinary approach is being proposed as the “new way” we should handle family law disputes.
Personally I’m glad that the interdisciplinary approach is being recognized as a way to resolve conflict. This approach however, is far from new. Look at Kids Turn in San Francisco and Kids First in Portland Maine. Kids Turn was formed by a few family lawyers who saw the need to work together with therapists, children and parents to resolve family law disputes. Kids First out of Portland Maine works with therapists, attorneys, parent’s and kids to focus on ways parents can resolve disputes out of court. Kids First in fact offers seminars to professionals, therapists, attorneys to figure out how to discover alternative ways to resolve family law conflict. Kids Turn and Kids First have both been around for over a decade and have achieved great success. (I’m mindful to note that many experienced family law attorneys have also been using a team based approach in their practice for decades.)
Before we all sit down and applaud, lets recognize those organizations who took the time to successfully adapt their own interdisciplinary approach to help families in crisis.
The question is how to get family law courts to use the interdisciplinary approach. The challenge includes getting professionals to understand the need to involve and providing quality service to children of divorce. Failure to include kids based services means ignoring the successes of Kids First and Kids Turn. No need to rediscover the wheel all over again.
To Kids Turn, Kids First and all those organizations like you, we salute you.