The Growth of Collaborative Divorce
Since its inception in the 1980's, the Collaborative Law movement has spread rapidly to most of the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. , More than 22,000 lawyers have been trained in Collaborative Law worldwide and than 1,250 lawyers have completed their training in England and Wales where Collaborative Law was launched in 2003.
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), which was founded in the late 1990's by a group of northern California lawyers, psychotherapists, and financial planners. There are numerous practice groups (or PODS) of collaborative practitioners worldwide.IACP is an interdisciplinary organisation whose members include lawyers, mental health professionals and financial specialists. National Collaborative organisations have been established in many jurisdictions,including Australia, Austria,Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland,Scotland,Switzerland, and Uganda, as well as the United States. The American Bar Association ("ABA"), the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ("IAML") all have Collaborative Law committees.