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Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference

What is it all about?

The Hoffman Bausek Group offers Interdisciplinary Settlement Conferences (ISC). ISCs are an excellent tool for Family Law cases given the wide diversity presented in familial dynamics. Why ISC’s? • ISC’s provide an effective alternative to litigation as ISC’s acknowledge and address the psychological and emotional issues that often accompany Family Law cases. • ISC’s recognize that the nature of divorce and custody cases require ongoing emotional and social processing. Such processing requires evaluating and strategizing the financial, legal, and psychological aspects of a case. • ISC’s provide heavy concentration on resolving core co-parenting disagreements. Appropriate cases for ISC’s • High-conflict, child development, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and other related dynamics, ISC’s ensure that these core issues are not only addressed but provide adequate long-term co-parent strategizing. • Cases where one or both parties are self-represented and/or both parties are represented by attorneys. Structure of ISC’s • Our ISC’s will include a mental health and dispute resolution professional. Together, these three professionals act as a team to provide the most optimal setting to encourage resolution and strengthening of the co-parent dynamic while concurrently resolving relevant legal issues. • ISC’s allow for parties to provide their story in an impartial environment where parties are unhindered by the concern of rules of evidence or legal argument. • The ISC can take place at any time but may be best held at or around the pre-trial conference. • ISC’s structure consists of parties providing their wants, needs, and goals and professionals aiding parties to put together long-term strategy to optimize co-parenting dynamics. By parties having the ability to work with both professionals, who remain impartial, parties can better understand both long-term, as opposed to short-term, solutions for both problem solving and aiding with the emotional and psychological development of their children.

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