chapter  6
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In conclusion …

ByConnie Healy

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book outlines the theoretical foundations of alternative dispute resolution and collaborative practice, explains the process, the enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and presents the results of research undertaken in Canada, the US, England and Wales and Ireland. The book focuses mainly on collaborative practice, negotiation through lawyers and the courts' process. Unlike the collaborative movement where the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals has been instrumental in developing ethical standards, promoting the process and ultimately bringing about the enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, the same impetus has not been evident in terms of promoting cooperative practice and therefore it is not as well known. Taking a less adversarial approach regardless of the process used, can only be of benefit to separating parties and their families.