Honest Abe was a Family Lawyer

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I cannot help but think that, if Abraham Lincoln were practicing family law today, he would be specializing in Collaborative Law.  Collaborative lawyers are trained to be peacemakers.   Unless it would be inappropriate, collaborative lawyers always discourage litigation.  We come to the practice of family law with the approach recently articulated by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor:  “The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.”  I wish that every lawyer came to the practice of family law with the example of family lawyer Abe Lincoln as their ideal.  It is encouraging to know that every collaborative lawyer I work with does.