KENNETH WALDRON is a psychologist at Monona Mediation and Counseling in Wisconsin. He specializes in child and adolescent psychology, particularly in divorce and family law.
He was trained as a child psychologist, specializing in child and adolescent psychology and adoptions, and later trained in divorce mediation and began working with families in the context of family law. 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 in jurisdictions around the United States to lawyers, judges, mediators and mental health practitioners. He regularly has presented to students at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
He has 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 is currently on the board of the chapter. He has also 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.
He is the author of numerous articles and several books with co-author Allan Koritizinsky, JD, including:
- Game theory & the transformation of family law
- co-parenting training workbook
- divorce workbook
Inflection points should not be ignored. In mathematics, there is a concept called the inflection point, which describes the point at which a curve on a graph changes directions. Business has adopted this concept, sometimes known as the strategic inflection point, referring to when a change occurs that requires a business to change direction in order to survive.
In prior articles, we wrote about the natural desire to prevail against perceived rivals and the potential use of game theory to understand obstacles in the current legal system as it takes families through parental separations and divorce. We next focused on how the legal system begins to trick people into self-defeating patterns of decision making......
Why do we like to win, whether it is a tennis match or an argument with our spouse? Natural selection favored those who survived and reproduced. One of the ways that humans survived, and thus were able to reproduce, was to prevail.
In prior articles, we wrote about the natural desire to prevail against perceived rivals and the potential use of game theory to understand obstacles in the current legal system as it takes families through parental separations and divorce. We next began to focus on how the legal system begins to trick people into self-defeating patterns of decision making.
“The other side wants . . .!” In prior articles we focused on the fact that while people are rational, they can be tricked and on two of the tricks in the traditional family law legal system: legal outcomes are goals; and divorce is a zero sum game.
In Part 1 of this series, we noted that this is a trick question because it distracts people from their life goals and focuses them on legal outcomes, as though they are goals. It is also a trick question because it re-frames a non-zero sum game into a zero sum game.
True or false? People are rational and generally make good choices. Now, consider this. Can they be tricked? Yes! You might remember Monty Hall and “The Price is Right”. At end the of the show, the contestant who had won the most money was shown three doors, behind two of which were some cheap junk but behind one was a big prizemaybe a fancy car.
Why do people do stupid things? Game theory is a branch of mathematics that analyzes how and why people make the choices that they make. Recently, a couple of authors have included game theory in the study of marriage and divorce.
One of the challenges in mediation is that parties usually come to mediation already with a dispute. The training of lawyers and many mediators includes an assumption that the parties are in a dispute.
Kenneth Waldron, PhD, and Allan Koritzinsky, JD
Kenneth Waldron PhD and Allan Koritzinsky JD
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