October 27, 2010
Could it be that our society is becoming more collaborative in its approach to problem solving? Despite the discouraging news about continuing hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq, labor uprisings in France and a Presidential kidnapping in Ecuador, the average person is making more decisions than ever in concert with his or her colleagues.
One need only look at email communication, instant messaging, texting, twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking to find more and greater evidence of collaborative decision making. One person no longer makes the decisions in a vacuum. Instead, colleagues and friends are consulted about even the most trivial decision. When should we meet? Where should we have dinner? What movie should we see? How can I solve a problem I’m having at work? at home? with friends? We ask everyone’s opinion and often make a group decision where once we would have been left to our own devices.
In this climate, it is only natural that we look to our trusted friends or colleagues or our professional connections to help us in our most critical decisions. We’re of the mind that not only are two heads better than one, but input from many “experts” can enlighten us to possible solutions we never would have found on our own.
It is not much of a stretch to conclude that this form of social networking can also work to help us transition through the difficult times in our life. Rather than feel alone in our misery of separation or divorce, we seek out others who have experience with this life changing event. We look for help and advice from friends and– hopefully — from trained professionals as well. Why settle for the opinion of just one “expert” when a team can provide multiple suggestions for a good outcome?
This team approach works when the “experts” are collaboratively trained attorneys, mental health and financial professionals. In the final analysis, it is you who should make the ultimate decisions about your family, your finances and your future. Why go it alone when you can use the collaborative process to gather advice from experienced professionals to make the best decisions you can.
For more information about Collaborative divorce, contact Risa A. Kleiner at 609.951.2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org