Images of divorce in popular culture are not pretty. Mention the word in conversation and there is nearly always a down-shift in mood. Even if they haven’t lived through one, everyone has at least heard tales of horrific divorce experiences. Mediator and attorney Jim O’Connor is out to change all that. His practice is in the burgeoning field of “collaborative divorce.” He likes to talk about “peacefully restructuring” families.
“Divorce is absolutely one of the hardest things most of us ever go through, even when everyone is acting with the best of intentions,” O’Connor says. “My goal is to help each person I work with access his or her best self and have available the necessary resources to achieve a peaceful divorce.”
With over 750 hours of training in conflict resolution, O’Connor works with a team of professionals to meet the needs of the entire family. Depending on the situation, he may bring in a communication coach, child therapist or certified divorce financial analyst. He has mediated about 350 individual cases.
“There’s magic in a round table,” O’Connor says. “Unlike a rectangle, it has no sides. We can all be on the same side – that of the whole family.”
Working with both spouses reduces cost as well as time spent on divorcing, compared with the traditional adversarial legal process, according to O’Connor. An additional advantage is complete privacy. “Most people complete their work with me in three to six months,” O’Connor adds, although he offers a more streamlined service for uncomplicated divorces.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, go to solveyourconflict.com or contact O’Connor at moc.t1508751942cilfn1508751942ocruo1508751942yevlo1508751942s@mij1508751942. – Star News