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Creating & Dissolving LGBTQ Families & Relationships Using Collaborative Law

Date: Mar 6, 2013 8:30 pm

The LGBT Study Group of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology cordially invites you to:

Creating and Dissolving LGBTQ Families and Relationships using Collaborative Law: Encouraging Clients to Ignore the Greek Chorus

Speakers: Carol L. Buell, Esq., Bob Raymond, Ph.D.


Program Description:
Through the use of personal narrative, clinical examples, and actual LGBTQ family law cases, this presentation will explore why alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation and collaborative law, are so important for LGBTQ families dealing with family creation agreements and divorce, dissolution, custody and support issues. The panelists will discuss the basics of collaborative law and the interdisciplinary approach using neutral mental health and financial professionals. Examples from real cases will highlight how clients work together in a non- adversarial manner to create non-traditional family arrangements or divorce in a manner which honors and validates the couple's years together, or places the children's best interests before hurtful litigation tactics. The goal is to increase clinician knowledge base about alternative dispute models to assist clients who are forming multiple parent families or are dissatisfied with legal advice they may be receiving from traditional matrimonial attorneys to consider mediation or collaborative law instead.


Speaker Bios:
Carol L. Buell, Esq., is an attorney in private practice in New York City. She is a member of the Family Divorce and Mediation Council of NY and is a founding member of the LGBTQ Collaborative Professionals of NYC, Inc. She has represented individual clients for over 25 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate, second parent adoptions and family law. In the past six years as more and more of her clients have married and have children, she has embraced the holistic, alternative dispute models of mediation and collaborative law as a means to assist her clients forming new family relationships or dissolving those relationships while acknowledging and honoring the years they had together. While these methods don't work for everyone, she is confident that the LGBTQ community can divorce better and with more caring than their straight counterparts if they honor their own particular culture and community.


Bob Raymond, Ph.D. is a psychologist/psychoanalyst with offices in the West Village, NYC and in Montclair, NJ. He is affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey (CPPNJ) where he is Dean of students in the Couple's Training Program, and where he teaches in both the couples and individual analytic programs. He has practiced collaborative law for the past 5 years and he is a member of the LGBTQ Collaborative Professionals Group and the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.


Please Note: The LGBT Psychotherapy Service at the White Institute offers high quality, affirming and affordable psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to members of the LGBT community. Further  information and applications for treatment can be accessed by clicking here or by calling Ms. Leila Sosa (Clinic Intake Coordinator) at 212-873-0725, ext. 25.


William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023


There is no charge for this evening but seating is limited. RSVP NOW to reserve a space!


Contact Elizabeth Rodman at:
212-873-0725 ext. 16