DadsDivorce LIVE: Alternative Dispute Resolution

…with Dan Cuneo of Cordell & Cordell, JD

Family Law attorney, Dan Cuneo discusses the concept and implementation of Alternative Dispute Resolution with Robert Ferrer of The Children’s Rights Council of Illinois.

The discussion includes the adoption of ADR approaches in the Family Law environment. The focus of ADR proponents is the best interest of the children through mediation and counseling that would circumvent the practice of the court making all decisions related to the parental relationships.  

Watch the video after the jump!

 

 

 

 

 Dan Cuneo is a Senior Attorney in the St. Louis office of Cordell & Cordell, P.C. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Missouri St. Louis. He is licensed in the state of Missouri.

 

 

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3 comments on “DadsDivorce LIVE: Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Children’s Rights Council — Member of the Board
    As a follow-up to questions that I did not have an immediate answer (such as costs and time), below are answers to questions that I posed to Dr. Jay Lebow that address these issues. He is one of the principals of Integrative Family Therapy that I briefly mentioned. His clinic is at Northwestern University, Illinois. Hope this helps.

    From: Jay Lebow [mailto:jaylebow@comcast.net]
    Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:44 AM
    To: r-ferrer@uiuc.edu
    Subject: RE: Update on Lebow Integrative Therapy

    Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. My answers are below.

    1. How many cases has the institute handled?
    I personally treat about 5 cases of this kind at this time. Other staff members utilize a similar method in treating about the same number of cases.

    2. What are the types of issues encountered?
    Conflict over how to raise children.
    Conflict over which house the children should reside in.
    Conflict over aspects of the behavior of one or both parents.
    Alienation between one or both parents and children.

    3. How does the institute deal with accusations of domestic violence and/or abuse?
    Mandated reporting and DCFS investigation occurs when warranted
    Therapist assesses the kinds of allegations involved. Where these are about less dangerous forms of violence-the nature of this behavior becomes part of the assessment by the therapist.

    4. What is the average cost per case?
    Costs depend on the therapist involved. Most often, these are brief 10-15 session therapies with total cost about $2500. Costs are most a product of the cost of the provider’s time.

    5. How long does the average case take?
    10-15 sessions though this may be longer if the clients continue to utilize this as a place to deal with ongoing issues over time. Some continue after divorce.

    6. Is there any follow-up done with cases?
    Unfortunately, we have no formal follow-up.

    7. What is the success rate?
    Depends what is meant by success. Frankly, given the extreme degree of conflict, few of those in this extreme category of conflict ever become mutually supportive. However, the conflict significantly diminishes and the child’s exposure to family risk factors such as parental conflict is significantly reduced in 75% of cases so that these children can go on to fairly normal lives.

    Hope this helps.

    Jay Lebow, Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychology
    The Family Institute at Northwestern
    618 Library Place
    Evanston IL 60201
    phone 8477334300 ext 676
    Fax 8477330390
    e-mail: jaylebow@comcast.net
    j-lebow@northwestern.edu
    website http://www.family-institute.org/staff_lebow.aspx

    Children’s Rights Council of Illinois, Board Member
    As a follow-up to questions that I did not have an immediate answer (such as costs and time), below are answers to questions that I posed to Dr. Jay Lebow that address these issues. He is one of the principals of Integrative Family Therapy that I briefly mentioned. His clinic is at Northwestern University, Illinois. Hope this helps.

    From: Jay Lebow [mailto:jaylebow@comcast.net]
    Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:44 AM
    To: r-ferrer@uiuc.edu
    Subject: RE: Update on Lebow Integrative Therapy

    Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. My answers are below.

    1. How many cases has the institute handled?
    I personally treat about 5 cases of this kind at this time. Other staff members utilize a similar method in treating about the same number of cases.

    2. What are the types of issues encountered?
    Conflict over how to raise children.
    Conflict over which house the children should reside in.
    Conflict over aspects of the behavior of one or both parents.
    Alienation between one or both parents and children.

    3. How does the institute deal with accusations of domestic violence and/or abuse?
    Mandated reporting and DCFS investigation occurs when warranted
    Therapist assesses the kinds of allegations involved. Where these are about less dangerous forms of violence-the nature of this behavior becomes part of the assessment by the therapist.

    4. What is the average cost per case?
    Costs depend on the therapist involved. Most often, these are brief 10-15 session therapies with total cost about $2500. Costs are most a product of the cost of the provider’s time.

    5. How long does the average case take?
    10-15 sessions though this may be longer if the clients continue to utilize this as a place to deal with ongoing issues over time. Some continue after divorce.

    6. Is there any follow-up done with cases?
    Unfortunately, we have no formal follow-up.

    7. What is the success rate?
    Depends what is meant by success. Frankly, given the extreme degree of conflict, few of those in this extreme category of conflict ever become mutually supportive. However, the conflict significantly diminishes and the child’s exposure to family risk factors such as parental conflict is significantly reduced in 75% of cases so that these children can go on to fairly normal lives.

    Hope this helps.

    Jay Lebow, Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychology
    The Family Institute at Northwestern
    618 Library Place
    Evanston IL 60201
    phone 8477334300 ext 676
    Fax 8477330390
    e-mail: jaylebow@comcast.net
    j-lebow@northwestern.edu
    website http://www.family-institute.org/staff_lebow.aspx

    Children’s Rights Council, Member of the Board
    As a follow-up to questions that I did not have an immediate answer (such as costs and time), below are answers to questions that I posed to Dr. Jay Lebow that address these issues. He is one of the principals of Integrative Family Therapy that I briefly mentioned. His clinic is at Northwestern University, Illinois. Hope this helps.

    From: Jay Lebow [mailto:jaylebow@comcast.net]
    Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:44 AM
    To: r-ferrer@uiuc.edu
    Subject: RE: Update on Lebow Integrative Therapy

    Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. My answers are below.

    1. How many cases has the institute handled?
    I personally treat about 5 cases of this kind at this time. Other staff members utilize a similar method in treating about the same number of cases.

    2. What are the types of issues encountered?
    Conflict over how to raise children.
    Conflict over which house the children should reside in.
    Conflict over aspects of the behavior of one or both parents.
    Alienation between one or both parents and children.

    3. How does the institute deal with accusations of domestic violence and/or abuse?
    Mandated reporting and DCFS investigation occurs when warranted
    Therapist assesses the kinds of allegations involved. Where these are about less dangerous forms of violence-the nature of this behavior becomes part of the assessment by the therapist.

    4. What is the average cost per case?
    Costs depend on the therapist involved. Most often, these are brief 10-15 session therapies with total cost about $2500. Costs are most a product of the cost of the provider’s time.

    5. How long does the average case take?
    10-15 sessions though this may be longer if the clients continue to utilize this as a place to deal with ongoing issues over time. Some continue after divorce.

    6. Is there any follow-up done with cases?
    Unfortunately, we have no formal follow-up.

    7. What is the success rate?
    Depends what is meant by success. Frankly, given the extreme degree of conflict, few of those in this extreme category of conflict ever become mutually supportive. However, the conflict significantly diminishes and the child’s exposure to family risk factors such as parental conflict is significantly reduced in 75% of cases so that these children can go on to fairly normal lives.

    Hope this helps.

    Jay Lebow, Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychology
    The Family Institute at Northwestern
    618 Library Place
    Evanston IL 60201
    phone 8477334300 ext 676
    Fax 8477330390
    e-mail: jaylebow@comcast.net
    j-lebow@northwestern.edu
    website http://www.family-institute.org/staff_lebow.aspx

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