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Origins of Collaborative Practice

The Collaborative Divorce model was created in 1990 by Stu Webb, an attorney practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Webb observed the destructiveness of the traditional adversarial models for practicing family law and felt there had to be a better way. He created the Collaborative Divorce model and founded a rapidly growing movement throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and several European countries.

The growing worldwide adoption of the collaborative model has prompted the creation of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), which sets professional standards in addition to providing information, resources, and training opportunities.