May 22, 2013

Pooled Knowledge: A Collaborative Process

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection,LC-USW3- 035268-D

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection,LC-USW3- 035268-D

In the late 1800’s, three doctors in a small, midwestern medical practice took a chance on an innovative, unconventional way of practicing medicine – teamwork. Believing that, for the good of the patient,  it was necessary for the clinician, the specialist, and the technician to unite, they asked a small group of doctors and medical researches to join them in providing the first ever integrated approach to patient care. By pooling their skills and knowledge, this collaborative group practice was able to profoundly improve the quality of care their patients received – so much so that integrated group practice has become a world-wide standard of care.

Now, imagine that you could have an integrated team of professionals – experts on the law, finance, child development, interpersonal communications, problem solving, etc. – working with you throughout your divorce.

Well, that is what Collaborative Team Practice offers. Collaborative Team Practice recognizes that, for the good of the client,  the entirety of a divorce – the emotional, financial, relational, and legal issues – has moved beyond the ability of a single professional to successfully address; it takes the pooled knowledge of an integrated team of professionals if the client is to craft quality solutions.

Just as an integrated medical team guides the patient to the correct physician for each aspect of their medical condition, an integrated Collaborative team provides the client with the correct professional for each aspect of their divorce and while there commonalities in all teams, the composition of any single team is as unique as the clients they are working with. The idea is to have the right people address the right problems at the right team and no more.

While Collaborative Team Practice is an unconventional way to approach divorce, but for those of us who practice it, we have observed the same phenomenon as those early medical visionaries – by pooling our knowledge we are able to profoundly improve the quality of the outcomes of our clients’ divorces.

Bruce Cameron
Attorney, Cameron Law, PLLC

Bruce Cameron, JD, MS is a second career attorney, practicing Quaker, and advocate for small town law practices. His solo practice focuses exclusively on collaborative law and mediation with just a soupçon of estate planning for excitement. Bruce believes that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, like collaborative law and mediation, are powerful positive means to reduce the destructive conflict typical of litigation. He has found that a little peacemaking tends to produce better outcomes for his clients. Learn more at

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