After attorney Joryn Jenkins' parents divorced when she was seven, she never saw her father again. Experiencing firsthand how divorce can destroy a family forever, Jenkins never wanted other families to go through that. Yet after 35 years of trial work, the attorney was convinced that the grueling divorce court process results in a long and painful experience for the entire family.
So a little more than 10 years ago, Jenkins instituted the technique of collaborative divorce within her practice, which tackles divorce outside of the courts so that agreements can be reached around a conference table and thus be resolved with more dignity and respect.
"By the end of the divorce trial, spouses can become enemies," said Jenkins, who practices law in Tampa, Florida. "Litigation makes people be mean to each other. ... But people usually don't know that there's another option," she said, "and lawyers don't tell them."