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Collaborative Family Practice


Irwin Kuhn is among the first collaboratively trained family law attorneys in Tennessee.

Collaborative practice is a voluntary process in which the parties and counsel contract to follow certain protocols when negotiating settlement of a dispute. At the heart of the process is the agreement that collaborative attorneys will be hired pursuant to a limited scope representation agreement. Attorneys will work with clients to help them reach settlement. If settlement cannot be reached, and the clients pursue more traditional litigation in court to resolve their differences, the collaborative attorneys will withdraw from representation. In addition to putting a premium on settlement for clients, there is no financial incentive for attorneys to resort to litigation. For attorneys, success is achieved when clients reach a durable, win-win settlement agreement. Because of the withdrawal provision of the collaborative agreement and its confidentiality provisions, parties are free to have the type of candid discussions that would not take place when opposing counsel might later be cross-examining them in court.

The collaborative approach may not be for every couple, but Irwin and Dot have successfully worked with numerous clients to unwind their marriages in an efficient business like manner with lower levels of acrimony.

Latest Articles

  • 4 Myths About Collaborative Divorce

    Collaborative divorce has many advantages. It allows you and your spouse to take charge of your own divorce and make all of the important decisions about where your children will live, with whom, and how marital property will be divided. The result is a personalized divorce settlement created by you and your spouse, not a…
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  • Understanding the Role of the Financial Professional in a Collaborative Divorce

    The process of collaborative divorce helps couples find creative solutions to the problems they face as they divide their assets and make plans for their lives apart from one another. There are many financial challenges that come along with a divorce and each case is different. The couple must navigate taxes, family support, and fairly…
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  • Understanding Attorney Withdrawal

    A collaborative divorce is different from a conventionally adversarial divorce. One of the distinctive features of a collaborative divorce is the attorney withdrawal provision allowing attorneys and clients to approach divorce more like a business deal. The Withdrawal Provision When a collaborative divorce begins, both sides sign an agreement that includes an attorney withdrawal provision….
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  • 5 Benefits of Choosing Collaborative Law to Resolve Divorce

    When a marriage ends, anger and hurt is a natural response. No matter who’s to blame or what factors contributed to the divorce, it’s normal to lash out—but this is one situation where you should take a deep breath, take a step back from the situation, and think about what really matters to you. For…
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  • The Cost of Divorce

    A very wealthy Dallas couple decided on the collaborative approach to divorce after they spent $7.4 million in litigation. The litigation attorney called it a marathon case. The collaborative attorney suggested it should have been a 5K. Here is the story from D Magazine September 2012.
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  • Collaborative Divorce: A Case Study

    DVKB Family Lawyer Irwin Kuhn and Nashville attorney Marlene Moses wrote this article outlining the steps of a hypothetical collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce problem solving settlement approach to divorce. The article was originally published in the Nashville Bar Journal. Download Article
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  • Family Business and Divorce

    Kevin Fuller, a top Texas divorce lawyer, discusses why collaborative divorce makes sense for people trying to preserve family businesses. Among the reasons: Negotiations are conducted in a private arena. Legal fees are used more efficiently. Settlement discussions can be scheduled to fit business needs rather than the court’s calendar. The collaborative process is less…
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  • Frist Collaborative Divorce: Irwin Kuhn’s Tennessean Comment

    Irwin Kuhn recently authored an article in the Nashville Tennessean concerning the divorce of former Senator Bill Frist and his wife Karyn. The Frist chose the collaborative divorce approach. Irwin Kuhn is a collaborative divorce lawyer in Nashville and commented on that choice. Frists Work to Make Divorce Less Painful  Sep 18, 2012 Nashville Tennessean Irwin J. Kuhn Former…
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  • Nashville Bar Journal Article on Collaborative Divorce

    (Originally published by The Nashville Bar Journal, December 2011-January 2012) The stage for a workable post marriage relationship between two people whose lives will always connected through children or family or friends is not set well by a divorce complaint dramatically setting out the gory details of one party’s “inappropriate marital conduct” followed by interrogatories…
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  • Collaborative Family Law: Minimizing the Negative Affect of Divorce on Children

     Irwin Kuhn and Dot Dobbins practice collaborative divorce and family law in Nashville to help minimize the negative affect of divorce on children. This article in the Wall Street Journal, The Child-Focused Divorce, notes that the intensity of a divorce can not only affect grades and behavior when children are young but also their relationships when…
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