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Josh Gitelson

About Josh Gitelson

Joshua Gitelson comes to the practice of law via a first career in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, as a film editor and writer for motion pictures and television. The son of a lawyer on the one hand and a clinical psychologist on the other, Josh has gravitated toward family law as an amalgam of these two “family businesses.” His parents’ amicable divorce inspired him to help others through the divorce process with as little rancor and conflict as possible. As a result, Josh has embraced the collaborative divorce model as a technique to complement his work on divorce in the traditional litigation mode. Learn more at

January 13, 2016

The First Steps in My Collaborative Case

Yesterday, I attended the first joint meeting in my first Collaborative case.  We reviewed and signed the Participation Agreement and Joint Petition, and the four of us progressed efficiently through the agenda that I had proposed. My beginner’s anxiety about Continue reading…

January 8, 2016

Delay, Delay, Delay!

During the first joint meeting of my Collaborative case, the parties agreed that an interest they shared was the efficiency of the process.  My client in particular was concerned about the case dragging on, as she was still living with Continue reading…

December 16, 2015

Anxiety with My First Collaborative Case

This is my first blog post in a number of months.  Though I am an attorney (which requires a certain amount of writing) and even once fancied myself a writer for film and television, the truth is that writing does Continue reading…

September 15, 2015

Collaborative Divorce and College Admissions Compared

Every year, I am asked by my undergraduate alma mater to participate in the prospective student interview process. It is a good cause, to be sure; the university this year has over two hundred applicants from the greater Twin Cities Continue reading…

June 16, 2015

Collaborative vs. Traditional: The Role of the Coach

A couple of weekends ago, I received an email from a client asking me to call her ASAP. When I reached her, she related to me an incident between her and her husband in which a conflict between them escalated Continue reading…

June 4, 2015

The Wisdom of the Child Specialist

I am working on a case in which the parties have elected to use the services of a neutral child specialist to evaluate the parties’ two children (9 and 12), to communicate her findings, and to help design a parenting Continue reading…

May 14, 2015

Don’t Forget About ‘The Team’

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I have finally fulfilled my responsibility as a new member of the Collaborative Law Institute to take the two-part training, known as the New Collaborative Experience. The training, which takes place over two Fridays a week apart, is generally offered Continue reading…

April 10, 2015

A Peril of Pro Se: Involving the Court

A client of mine was recently served divorce papers by her husband, who had undertaken to represent himself in the dissolution process. The Summons and Petition were word-processed forms of the kind available on the Minnesota courts website. Upon receipt Continue reading…

February 11, 2015

Don’t Spare the Financial Neutral

Recently, I had an initial interview with a prospective client who was considering using the services of a Collaborative attorney for his divorce. He and his wife had already done the adversarial “thing” on their own – thus the divorce Continue reading…

January 14, 2015

Collaborative Practice and Low-Bono Services

I am on the Collaborative Law Institute’s “Low-Bono” Committee, and at our monthly meeting this past Monday, we considered how best to reach out to practitioners and clients in order to encourage the participation of both in the Low-Bono Program. Continue reading…