According to attorney J. Kim Wright, we are in the midst of a revolution of rapidly changing times. Living in the new global world has changed our approach to everything from work, family, finances and our physical and emotional health and well-being. In these times, she poses that we need to re-think how we have traditionally solved the problems and challenges that life deals us on a daily basis.
Her visionary view sees the new role of integrative lawyers as follows:
"Integrative lawyers are purpose-oriented, that is, they have a clear sense of their own purpose and the purpose of law. They have a broader view of their roles as lawyers, often seeing themselves as change agents, and they are innovative, looking for ways to serve clients and themselves. As such, they create a law firm where they put personal happiness as their motivating goal, and not maximizing their personal income as the end goal."
Why is this movement a blessing for today's divorcing spouses?
This approach opens up a whole new world of options and possibilities for divorcing spouses in resolving their matter and divorce mediators and collaborative law attorneys are the catalysts for these opportunities. As "change agents," their focus is not with winning for their clients and annihilating the opponent, but with navigating them through the complexities that are at the very core of their matter, and helping them to focus together on the most practical and creative solutions that have the maximum gain for all parties involved.
Up until now, spouses have only been aware of one way to get a divorce--that is, by running to their lawyer and submitting to a process that renders them powerless to control any aspect of their matter and its outcome. However, the integrative movement has now arrived and, although is already in effect, is poised to revolutionalize how modern divorce gets done, by placing spouses at the center of their matter and firmly in control of their own futures.
J. Kim Wright's recent article on the integrative law movement, "It's a Balancing Act....." can be found at the following link:
J. Kim Wright is a divorce attorney who is a pioneer of integrative law, an international movement which focuses on lawyers responding to the challenges of law practice with creative, innovative solutions for their clients. She has been travelling the world for years, exploring innovation and peacemaking in the law. Named as one of the American Bar Association’s Legal Rebels, she is managing editor of CuttingEdgeLaw.com and author of Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law.
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