You are part of an amazing community. Wait. Let me restate that. YOU are an amazing community. Last month, I asked you to join the CDT Board in donating one billable hour of your time, and you came through in flying colors. At the conclusion of the conference, this amazing community raised a total of just over $30,000 to help keep CDT operational and building our Collaborative footprint. The Board of Directors gives you our most heartfelt thank you for your gift.
What’s that you say? What’s your next monthly challenge? This month’s challenge is to reach outside of the Collaborative community and into the realm of the public where divorcing clients often seek counsel first – their religious leaders. While it is almost always the goal to help people repair what’s wrong with their marriages, we all know that for many, they come to the conclusion that divorce is their only option.
The underlying objectives of Collaborative Divorce fit perfectly with the message of healing and love that religious leaders support. Not only does Collaborative Divorce offer clients privacy, control over cost, control over pace, control over outcome, but along with all of those benefits, the process allows families the space to heal and transition; something that a contentious litigation case cannot provide.
So, what’s the best way to do this? As with anything, there are many options. But I can at least offer a couple of suggestions. If you have a personal connection with a religious leader, start there. And if you don’t have that personal connection with someone, that’s okay too. Ask a friend for an introduction. Call a church-sponsored divorce support program and ask if you can speak to the group about Collaborative Divorce. While those people may have already been through a divorce, I guarantee you they will have friends who will be calling them when they need advice on what to do next. And here’s your bonus: If you were at the March Collaborative Conference in Austin, you saw the great new brochure now being offered by CDT to its members. You can download your own firm logo and information onto the brochure, print copies, and carry those to your meetings to leave behind for sharing. Remember, this takes one hour of one month. It will not only help to increase public awareness of this incredible divorce option, but it will direct potential Collaborative clients directly to your door. Ready…set…go….