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Collaborative Divorce: A Healthy Approach to Ending a Relationship with Nanci Smith

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Is There a Better Way to Divorce?

In this episode of The Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie have an intriguing conversation about collaborative divorce and its advantages with Nanci Smith, a licensed Collaborative Family Law Attorney. Collaborative divorce involves a diverse team of professionals, including lawyers, mental health experts, and financial planners, all working under the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Nanci explains how these professionals create practice groups to foster trust, and a supportive environment through a private process that emphasizes respectful communication and addresses the emotional and workplace consequences of divorce. She also discusses why collaborative divorce is a positive alternative to traditional adversarial divorce, as it reinforces personal growth, responsibility, effective communication, and healthy co-parenting for the benefit of the children involved.

Listen to this episode to learn how collaborative practices can transform a divorce journey for the better!

About Nanci Smith

Nanci A. Smith, Esq., is an attorney licensed to practice in Vermont and New York. She is the chair of the Collaborative Divorce section of the Vermont Bar Association, a leader in her collaborative divorce practice group, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She frequently writes and talks about divorce, family law, ethics, and collaborative divorce practices. She believes that a good divorce is possible when you show up for it with humility, compassion, and the correct support. Smith is the author of Untangling Your Marriage: A Guide to Collaborative Divorce (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 11, 2022).

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Key Take-Aways

  • What are the core principles of the collaborative divorce model are.

  • What assurances are provided through collaborative divorce in terms of privacy and confidentiality during the process.

  • How collaborative divorce aims to alleviate the impact of divorce on work and productivity for individuals and workplaces.

  • What mindset shift is provided when collaborative divorce happens, and how it can lead to healthier co-parenting relationships and a more friendly divorce experience.

  • How the principles of collaboration, effective communication, and conflict resolution can be applied beyond divorce settings to improve personal and workplace relationships.


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