The first Saturday of every month starting in October of 2016, we recommend a program called “Divorce Options”, which will be presented in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and White Plains.  A three hour program presented by a lawyer, mental health professional and financial professional, this program is designed to educate people considering divorce about mediation, litigation and collaborative divorce procedures.  It also includes presentations about the law in New York, the effect of divorce on children and how to minimize the negative impact of divorce on children, and financial considerations in divorce.  For more information about this program, look at the Divorce Options Article in News/Blog or call our office (845-896-9651) and ask for Lynn.


Recent Presentations:

May 26 – 28, 2016:  European Conference

Kathryn Lazar, along with Micki McWade and Jessica Lazar,  presented a workshop at the 5th European Collaborative Practice Conference, “Beyond Words”, held in Amsterdam, Holland.  Their three hour workshop reviewed strategies for successful outcomes in difficult collaborative cases and the outcome of Jessica Lazar’s dissertation on stress in divorce.

May 4, 2016:  Rescue Squad:  Advanced Collaborative Divorce Techniques in Manchester, NH

Kathryn Lazar, Micki McWade and Allison Bell will present a half day advanced collaborative divorce workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Participants will explore what makes collaborative cases difficult, the contributions both the professionals and the parties make to the difficulties, and identify tools and strategies for rescuing difficult cases from failure.  It is our firm belief that nearly all divorce cases can utilize the collaborative model and that the model assists families in attaining the best possible post-divorce adjustment.  We teach methods to overcome obstacles to a peaceful divorce resolution.  For further information about enrolling in the program, please contact Joanne LaGree at

October 16, 2015

“Dealing with Addiction at the Collaborative Table” was the topic of a workshop presented by Kathryn Lazar and Micki McWade at the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum, held in Washington D.C.

September 29, 2015

Kathryn presented a four hour workshop jointly with Maria Alba Fisch for 60 New Jersey collaborative practitioners: The  Collaborative Rescue Squad.


October 25, 2104

Kathryn Lazar facilitated: Comparative Law in the Collaborative Process: Leaving Entrenchment, Expanding Creativity, on October 25, 2014 at the IACP Annual Networking and Educational Forum. The session compared legal outcomes for divorce clients around the world; considers the origins of notions of fairness and entrenchment; and explored strategies for creative problem solving. At the IACP Annual Networking and Educational Form, Vancouver, BC.

October 23, 2014
Kathryn Lazar  co-presented: Collaborative Rescue Squad Training: Emergency Interventions, on October 23, 2014. At the IACP Annual Networking and Educational Forum, Vancouver, BC.

May 6, 2013
Streamlining the Collaborative Process: The Road Map. Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, on May 6, 2013 in Ellicott City, MD, as part of their Statewide Annual Meeting.

May 9-10, 2013
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training for Professionals
Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain, NY


November, 2012
“Interdisciplinary Teams: Why Are They Worth the Bother?”
Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Groups, Hartford, CT

June 1, 2012
4th European Collaborative Conference: Creating Consensus – Edinburgh, Scotland
”Road Maps: Keeping the Parties and Team on the Road Towards a Successful Conclusion”

June 16 – 17, 2011
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training, Bear Mountain, NY

April 28, 2011
Symposium introducing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce to Professionals, Poughkeepsie, NY

November, 2010
Social Science Meets Family Law: What is Best for Children? Hopewell Junction, NY

January, 2009
Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training, Rye, NY

November, 2009
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training: Tarrytown, NY

January 10 – 11, 2008
Kathryn Lazar, Trainer: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training, 2 day training event for Lawyers, Mental Health Professionals and Financial Advisors, given at Wave Hill, Riverdale, New York .

March 29, 2008
Kathryn Lazar, Trainer: Family Law Software, 5 hour presentation regarding the use of Family Law Software for lawyers and financial advisors. Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce AssociationSierra Suites, Fishkill, New York.

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