consensual dispute resolution

Dr. Constance Ahrons

“Trends in Collaborative Divorce”

Date: Jan 29, 2017

Dr. Constance Ahrons, author of “The Good Divorce” and “We’re Still Family” spoke at the ABD retreat. Dr. Ahrons spoke about her experiences over time practicing collaborative divorce and consensual dispute resolution (CDR).


From the Kids Perspective: Co-Parenting Through Divorce

Vi Ballard & Paula March


3rd Saturday,  9am-12pm, $75/person

ABD mental health professionals Vi Ballard & Paula March facilitate a co-parenting class “From the Kids Perspective: Co-Parenting Through Divorce” the third Saturday of every month at the Collaborative Center of Southern California in Hermosa Beach. For more information call Paula March at 310-245- 6814.

Brain Warrior

Amen “Brain Warrior” Conference – Costa Mesa, CA

Dr. Daniel Amen

“A Healthy Brain”

Dates: Jan 27 – Jan 29

Vi Ballard, MFT recently attended a 3 day conference on the brain + how to keep it healthy. The Amen clinic does SPECT scans of one’s brain then the scan is “read” + ways to keep your brain healthy are recommended.

For more information call Vi Ballard, MFT at 310-373- 7994.

2017 Super Lawyer Joseph P. Spirito, Jr.

Joe-Spirito2Recently honored as 2017 Super Lawyer to be published in this month’s LA Magazine. Since its inception in 2005, Mr. Spirito has maintained this honor.

On January 26, 2017, Mr. Spirito was mentioned on a KABC talk radio show by Royal Oakes, a well-known legal commentator. Mr. Spirito was described as a leader in the Family Law community practicing Collaborative Law in Los Angeles County’s South Bay.

Currently Chair-Elect Family Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association Chair of the upcoming Los Angeles County Bar Association 49 th Annual Family Law Symposium on May 6, 2017. This year’s Symposium is entitled “The Art of Presenting Your Case”. Presenters include highly experienced and well respected family law attorneys, mental health professionals and financial specialists.

The program will be held at the Universal Hilton, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA – 8:30am to 4:30pm.


A Better Divorce - Retreat 2017

2017 A Better Divorce Retreat

Honing our collaborative skills!

We had a great training with well-known author and trainer/facilitator Gary Friedman, Esq., and a special talk with Constance Ahrons, author of “The Good Divorce” and “We’re Still Family”.