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(SAN DIEGO) – The Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego (CFLG San Diego) saw record membership growth in 2013. CFLG San Diego is a non-profit group of legal, financial, and mental health professionals trained in the Collaborative Process as an alternative to divorce litigation.
Hildy Fentin, CFLS, attorney and immediate past president of CFLG San Diego (2013), said membership is up nearly 25 percent in the last year. Fentin pointed out several reasons stimulating interest in membership. “Due to court cutbacks, resolving divorce issues or any family law matter through the court system prolongs the resolution of these issues. This creates enormous financial and emotional strain on everyone involved, especially children.
“We also have more baby boomers getting divorced later in life. These couples want to avoid an expensive, adversarial divorce. They want to work with attorneys, financial specialists and mental health professionals who can provide them an alternative way to address their family law issues.
“As professionals grow more familiar with the many benefits of the Collaborative Divorce process, they enthusiastically embrace this positive, respectful approach to resolving issues in a way that avoids litigation including the time and expense. By joining the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, they can work with and learn from like-minded colleagues, and expand the range of choices for families who come to them for legal, financial, and mental health services,” said Fentin.
CFLG San Diego’s members work together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial, assets of the family. Its goal is to transform the resolution of family law issues through respectful, collaborative processes that protect the integrity and health of family relationships and eliminate the need of families to resort to court litigation.