This article is written by S. Camille Milner, a Denton-based collaborative lawyer and the current Vice-President of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas’ board.
Yesterday marked the seven-year anniversary of the original broadcast of this episode about the separation and divorce on the National Public Radio program This American Life with host Ira Glass. Two portions of the program are particularly interesting: Act Two is an interview with a little girl who is so troubled by her parents’ divorce that she writes a letter to the mayor about her feelings, then she is interviewed again as an adult and schoolteacher, offering her perspective and insight on the original interview and her experience of divorce as a child and continuing into her adult life. Act Three features Berry Berkman, a partner with the New York law firm Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Rodd, LLP. With over 40 years experience as a litigator, mediator, and collaborative lawyer, Berkman discusses his belief that Collaborative Law is a better process than litigation for families who divorce, if at all possible. Please listen as Berkman explains why he believes Collaborative Divorce is so helpful to families through this painful time.