She and her husband, who also wanted to preserve family harmony, took charge of their own agreement. Arons has a financial background, so she tackled the money aspects. She hired therapists for herself and her children.
“I created this collaborative divorce, sort of ad hoc,” she said, because at the time, no Nashville-area attorneys were familiar with the collaborative process for divorce. The couple, baffling lawyers along the way, negotiated an amicable split.
The collaborative divorce concept — a problem-solving, teamwork approach to divorce — began in Minnesota in the 1980s, said Nashville attorney Caroline Beauchamp. She’s among a small group of local lawyers who have trained in collaborative practice since 2009.