Game Theory and the Transformation of Family Law

Game Theory and the Transformation of Family Law


Change the Rules—Change the Game
A New Bargaining Model for Attorneys and Mediators to Optimize Outcomes for Divorcing Parties

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Revolutionize your understanding of family law. Learn how utilizing the mathematical principles of game theory can help you, as a legal professional, to create enhanced outcomes for your clients, their families, processes between attorneys, and your business. The whole family, and especially the children, will benefit.

In this groundbreaking book, principles derived from game theory are applied to family law, an arena often plagued by bitterness and what appears to be irrational behavior. The principles of game theory—the scientific study of how and why people make decisions—lends itself to the practice of family law in our traditional divorce system, one that often leads to rational but self-defeating, sometimes destructive decision-making.

The authors propose a new approach lawyers and mediators can use to:

  • improve success rates

  • optimize outcomes for both parties

  • decrease conflict

  • divide property

  • determine custody arrangements

  • establish constructive coparenting relationships

Kenneth Waldron

Kenneth H. Waldron, PhD is a Psychologist and mediator with an extensive background in divorce, child custody, and coparenting. He was trained as a child psychologist, specializing in child and adolescent psychology and adoptions. He was trained in divorce mediation in the late 1970’s and began working with families in the context of the family law arena. By 1985 he had a practice devoted solely to family law work. He performed custody evaluations for several jurisdictions in California, developed a mediation practice and also developed one of the early parent education programs for parents. He also developed a treatment model for coparenting counseling, which over time has expanded to include specialty treatment programs for unique problems, such as parent-child estrangement. He helped establish the parent education program in Madison Wisconsin and helped design and establish a group coparenting counseling program in Illinois. He has served as expert witness in numerous states and in Canada, both as family evaluator and as expert on social science research related to divorce. He has been trained in collaborative Divorce as Child Specialist and Coach.

Dr. Waldron has presented on topics related to families with divorced/separated parents to lawyers, judges, mediators and mental health practitioners. He regularly has presented to students at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and published in both local and nationwide journals on various topics related to children of divorce and has published books on parent education and the effects of divorce on children.

Dr. Waldron is a founding member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and has served as a board member. He has served on the board of the Wisconsin Inter-professional Committee on Divorce. His current practice is devoted to serving as court-appointed expert, performing custody evaluations and testifying to social science research, divorce mediation, coparenting counseling, and specialty counseling for problems associated with divorce.

Allan Koritzinsky

Allan R. Koritzinsky is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he was a member of the General Commercial Litigation, Tax & Individual Planning and Estates & Trusts Practice Teams. He was also the chair of the law firm’s Family Law Team. As a family law attorney representing individual clients for over 47 years, Mr. Koritzinsky focused on divorce law and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Koritzinsky earned his undergraduate degree in history and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, United States Courts of Military Review and Appeals in Washington, D.C., the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Koritzinsky was active in the following professional organizations: Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (1977- 2009); Diplomat in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (1977- 2009); Member of the national AAML Board of Governors (1994-1997); former National Chair of the AAML Arbitration Committee and a Past President of the Academy’s Wisconsin Chapter; former Chair of the Dane County Bar Case Mediation Program; named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (Law & Politics Media, Inc.)- 2005- 2008; listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for over 25 years. Mr. Koritzinsky was the 2011 recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin Senior Lawyers Division Leonard L. Loeb Award for “important contributions… made to your clients and to your community through your legal expertise and personal dedication…”

He has lectured in lawyer and judicial continuing education seminars throughout his career and was a Lecturer/Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in Viet Nam (1967-1968), he taught full semester courses in Comparative Law and Introduction to American Law at the University of Saigon Law School.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781936268948

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Category: Non-Fiction, Science & Technology, Mathematics, Reference/Law, Divorce/Law

Publication Date: 13/10/2015

Pages: 342

Height: 9.05 inch

Width: 6.0 inch