This approach to conflict resolution was developed in 1990 by Stuart Webb, a Minnesota family attorney, who recognized that traditional litigation has not always been helpful and often detrimental to the parties and their families. Since 1990, the collaborative law movement has rapidly spread to most of the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. According to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), more than 22,000 lawyers have been trained worldwide in collaborative law, with collaborative practitioners in at least 46 states. In some places, collaborative law has become the dominant method for resolving divorces, cohabitation, and other family conflicts. More than 1,250 lawyers have completed their training in England, where collaborative law was launched in 2003. The world`s leading collaborative organization is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), established in the late 1990s by a group of lawyers, psychotherapists, and financial planners from Northern California. IACP has more than 2,400 members and there are more than 200 collaborative practitioner groups worldwide. The IACP provides its members with an opportunity for education and networking and also provides a resource for collaborative divorce research.  The rule expressly allows the judge to ask the parties and lawyers to report regularly on the status of the cooperation, but the progress report can only specify whether the proceedings have not been completed. The status report must not contain any report, evaluation, recommendation, finding or other communication regarding the collaborative issue.
The court is expressly prohibited from taking into account a communication contrary to the rule. The judge may consider dismissing the pending family issue for delay or not in proceedings, but not without notifying the parties and having the opportunity to be heard against the dismissal. Maury Beaulier is the founder of beaulier Law Office and Action Mediation. Recognized for over a decade as a family law practitioner and mediator, Maury has been featured by the International Who`s Who of Professionals (1996), Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine (February 1999) and recently in Lawyers Weekly USA (March 2000) and the CBS New Program “Eye on America” with Dan Rather as an expert in mediation and collaborative law. In England and Wales, Resolution has assumed responsibility for the training and accreditation of all collaborative professionals.  Almost a third of English family lawyers have now completed their collaborative training. In the Republic of Ireland, regional collaborative law associations have been established in cities such as Galway, Cork, and Dublin. In France, AFPDC was created in 2009 to develop and implement collaborative practices in France.
 Collaborative divorce offers an alternative procedure for parties seeking an out-of-court settlement. Collaborative divorce promotes agreement and the free exchange of information through private negotiations….