The International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), which our lawyer Donita King has been a member of for 17 years, has been nominated for a 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. This nomination recognizes the organization’s development of Collaborative Practice, a pioneering technique that helps couples who want a divorce to reach a legal resolution without going to court.
Let’s look at the achievements of the IACP, its development of collaborative practice, and Donita King’s involvement.
Background to IACP
The IACP is a global network of legal, financial, and mental health professionals who specialize in Collaborative Practice, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.
It was founded in 1996 to promote Collaborative Practice, and since then, the organization has grown to include over 10,000 members in over 40 countries worldwide.
IACP’s nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to the organization’s commitment to promoting communication and solutions through a solid legal framework.
Also known as collaborative divorce, collaborative practice is a conflict resolution model that offers an alternative to traditional divorce proceedings and focuses on helping couples resolve conflicts and reach agreements peacefully, without resorting to litigation.
It also helps families to co-parent following their divorce and has been hailed as a valuable tool for helping families to reach a mutually beneficial resolution and move on with their lives. This reduces the time, expense, and emotional toll of litigation, and makes it possible to arrive at a resolution that’s fair and acceptable for all parties involved.
The method was first introduced by the lawyer Stu Web in 1990, who was frustrated with the tendency of lawyers to go to court instead of trying to reach a solution (although it has roots in works from legal scholars in the early 20th century). A few years later, another group of lawyers came together to develop Collaborative Law Practice further, and the idea began to spread.
Typically, the process involves a series of meetings where the parties and their lawyers discuss the issues in the case and work towards finding a solution that meets everyone’s needs and interests.
Donita King and collaborative practice
Donita King has been a member of the IACP for 17 years and is an advocate of its methods. She is a strong advocate for the Collaborative Practice model and has helped many couples to avoid the costly and acrimonious process of traditional divorce proceedings.
King is a specialist in alternative dispute resolution, has been practicing Collaborative Divorce since 2005, in addition to being a certified mediator for divorcing couples, and is known for her ability to help couples navigate complex and emotionally-charged situations.
Could you benefit from some collaboration?
The International Association of Collaborative Professionals and members like Donita King have long deserved recognition for their work promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Regardless of the outcome of the Nobel Peace Prize 2023, the development and implementation of the Collaborative Practice model has helped many people.
If you think that you would benefit from mediation and collaborative practice yourself, get in contact to book a consultation.