The Divorce Cooperation
Institute was formed in 2003 by a group of Wisconsin family law lawyers who realized
that many divorce cases generally involve two reasonably good people who just
cannot live together anymore. While anger may temporarily blind them, their long-term
best interests when there are minor or adult children involved require a decent,
if not amicable, relationship.
The legal process can
do harm to this relationship, which may fester for years to come. As a result,
many people are reluctant to use lawyers for their divorce, preferring mediation
or even proceeding pro se. In many cases, this may be perfectly fine. In other
cases, having a trained, experienced professional involved may be essential for
agreements that are tax-friendly, address all relevant issues, and afford parties
the security of approval by a lawyer focused on their best interests.
To help parties resolve issues and thereby costly litigation by providing family law attorneys with a model using cooperative skills, tools and current research.
All family law attorneys
are eligible to become members of the Divorce Cooperation Institute. To become
a member, a lawyer must agree to abide by the principles
of the Institute and to participate in legal educational programs designed
to teach civility, ethical behavior, settlement techniques and cooperative behavior.