How and Why Professionals Use Our Resources

Professionals' Introduction to UpToParents

A brief explanation of our assistance to families experiencing separation or divorce and to the professionals who serve them

Professionals' Introduction to UpToParents

A brief explanation of our assistance to families experiencing separation or divorce and to the professionals who serve them

Use of UpToParents.org and ProudToParent.org in All Divorce and Paternity Cases

Judge Michael Scopelitis talks about the benefits and power of these free resources

Comments of Judge Michael Scopelitis, St. Joseph Superior Court, Indiana

  • St. Joseph County's experience with requiring this work began in 2006.
  • Thousands of families in that county have had the benefit of this free and unique child-focused opportunity.
  • Judges, attorneys, mediators, and co-parenting educators agree that the websites provide essential insight and skills to parents in transition.
  • For more information on the uses and effectiveness of these websites, see the “Professisonals Corner.”
  • Click for for an associated memo.
  • Click for sample referral forms.

Sample Mechanisms Used by Courts and Co-Parenting Educators in Referring Parents to UpToParents.org

These simple notices and court rules, and adaptations of them, are sending thousands of parents each month to these free websites.

Attorney, Parent, and Voice for UpToParents.org

An attorney describes what UpToParents meant in her own divorce—and can mean for others

Sample Agreed Commitments from UpToParents

An example--in English and Spanish--of the Agreed Commitments a mother and father can build from UpToParents

Sample UpToParents Exercise Responses

A sample of parents' written website work

Endorsements of UpToParents

A sampling of the comments we receive about these free websites

Some Unique Advantages of UpToParents

13 points of one-of-a-kind superiority of these websites

Tracking Any Jurisdiction’s Usage of UpToParents.org, ProudToParent.org, and WhileWeHeal.org

Jurisdictions’ opportunity to easily track their success in referring parents to these websites

Video Sampling

A Two-Minute Sampling of the 50+ Videos on UpToParents.

Particular Specialists' Use of Our Resources

Professionals' Introduction to UpToParents

A brief explanation of our assistance to families experiencing separation or divorce and to the professionals who serve them

Professionals' Introduction to UpToParents

A brief explanation of our assistance to families experiencing separation or divorce and to the professionals who serve them

Courts' and Co-Parenting Educators' Use of UpToParents and ProudToParent

A short statement of the advantages these resources can be to parents in divorce and paternity cases--and the ease with which they can be implemented in any jurisdiction

Improving Family Mediation with UpToParents

A short memo and video training on the child-focused preparation that can assist mediation success

Expanding Collaborative Practice (CP) with UpToParents

A short memo and the simple forms that can bring this child and solution focus to Collaborative attorneys, divorce coaches, and child specialists

UpToParents and the Co-Parenting Assets and Improvement Review (C.A.I.R.)

The case for, and training in, family reviews that give parents the best chance to improve their cooperation and withdraw from conflict

The Hope of a Cooperative System of Family Law

An Introduction to a Cooperative System of Family Law and Its Expression in AssessFamilyLaw.org

See 25 specific measures a jurisdiction can adopt to meet the true needs of families in separation and divorce (videostream included).

Family Professionals' Highest Responsibility

A judge's ideas on a lodestar for family professionals.

The UpToParents Model Rule for Cooperation in Family Cases

This model court rule for cooperative family law can be adapted to help jurisdictions better serve families in crisis.

Lawyer as Peacemaker: Building a Successful Law Practice Without Ever Going to Court

Forrest "Woody" Mosten, a prominent collaborative attorney, mediator, and author offers a picture of the problem-solving attorney

A Plan for a Single Court's Adoption of Cooperative Family Law Measures

A model order that a single judge can use to boost cooperation in family law cases

Model Divorce and Paternity Brochures

Educational brochures essential in explaining the judicial expectations of safety and child-focused cooperation

A Short Conversation with Judge Greg Horn

Wayne Superior Court, Muncie, Indiana

  • Judge Greg Horn from Wayne County, Indiana describes his jurisdiction's adoption of cooperative measures, including the requirement that motions be preceded by a solution-focused consultation—and the excellent results from these cooperative measures.

The Future Co-Parenting Relationship

The Responsibility of All Family Professionals

  • All family professionals share a common client: the future co-parenting relationship.
  • That relationship will always be responsible for the security of the parents' children.
  • It will also be what resolves countless future issues unknown today.
  • Download “The Four Immutable Principles of Separation and Divorce” by Charles Asher and Dr. Shay Daley.

Family Attorneys' Pledge of Cooperation

Learn clearer thinking from these more caring attorneys

Attorneys as Healers: Rediscovering the Law's Problem-Solving Tradition

The movement toward a lawyer's duty of healing is not so much a modern innovation as a return to the profession's highest historical calling.

Parenting Plan Worksheet

An outline for parents to succeed in parenting.

Building a Successful Mediation Practice Using Our Resources

Mediator's Initial Discussion with Attorneys

Form used when speaking with parents' attorneys.

The Mediation Alternative

An explanation of what mediation is--and what it is not.

Agreement to Mediate a Family Matter

Agreement to Mediate form for parents.

Agreement Letters

Some letters memorializing agreements reached by parents using mediation.

Your Presentations to Colleagues about Our Resources

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