CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) is proud to announce on August 18, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Collaborative Process Act, Senate Bill 0067 (Sponsors: Hastings, Connelly and Harris III). http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=SB&DocNum=67&GAID=14&SessionID=91&LegID=99519. The Act will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Illinois has now joined approximately 12 other states in officially sanctioning this important new approach to conflict resolution. The Collaborative Process Act offers divorcing couples a team-based approach for amicably resolving marital conflict outside of the court system with privacy and respect. "As the stigma of divorce falls away, a couple who wants to conclude their relationship with dignity and respect can find the support they need in the Collaborative Process," remarks Theresa Beran Kulat, Esq., President of CLII. "The statute establishes the benchmarks for a true Collaborative Process. Our practitioners, the Fellows of CLII, have been following these protocols and developing the standards of practice for more than 15 years." Sometimes called "Collaborative Law" or "Collaborative Practice," this method of divorce is a growing world-wide discipline. The passage of the new Collaborative Process Act will increase the visibility, credibility, and accessibility of this unique process to divorcing couples and professionals alike. The passage of this Act creates standards that more divorce attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial specialists are likely to adopt and make available as an option to their divorcing clients. CLII has worked to promote the passage of this Act and the use of Collaborative Divorce as a viable option for divorcing couples who want a more peaceful way to resolve their marital conflict. Since its inception in 2002, CLII has offered high-quality professional education opportunities to train divorce practitioners in the Collaborative Process and is proud to continue this practice.
About The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
The mission of The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois is to advance Collaborative Practice as a conflict resolution option in Illinois. An interdisciplinary non-profit organization, CLII is comprised of members from the legal, financial and mental health fields. CLII maintains free resources and a free listing of Collaborative divorce practitioners for the public on its re-designed website. Visit Collablawil.org Phone: 312-882-8000
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