Child custody and parenting time issues in a divorce can be one of the most gut-wrenching and difficult issues for parents to address. For most people, the thought of not being able to see their kids every day is difficult to accept. For those folks who are contemplating divorce but have minor children, the collaborative divorce process can provide the tools to help these families transition to … [Read more...] about Child Custody/ Parenting Time Issues in a Collaborative Divorce
11 Tips to Help You Stay Calm During a Divorce Divorce can be one of the most difficult stresses an individual may ever experience. It can leave a person feeling sad, hurt, angry, confused, overwhelmed, and fearful of the future. This is especially true if the divorce is unwanted or unexpected. It is quite normal to feel a wide range of different emotions and it may seem as if your world has … [Read more...] about Keeping Calm in the Midst of a Divorce
The team approach is a distinct aspect of a collaborative divorce. In most divorces when the spouses choose to litigate, they and their lawyers face each other in a zero sum game focused on “beating” the other side. In the collaborative divorce process, each spouse hires their own collaborative lawyer, and then the two lawyers help the clients assemble a ‘team’ with two neutral professionals. … [Read more...] about The Team Approach in Collaborative Cases
Is a Collaborative Divorce more affordable than Litigation? The cost ultimately depends on many different factors such as how committed both parties are to reaching an agreement and the rates charged by the professionals chosen as part of your team. By choosing collaborative divorce, individuals can agree on the essential issues and agree on a plan for addressing those issues moving forward. … [Read more...] about The Cost of Collaborative Divorce versus Litigation
Can Mediation and Collaborative be used in tandem? Collaborative Divorce is a form of dispute resolution for divorcing couples which provides a highly specific roadmap for negotiation. The parties focus on their goals and interests, gather all the relevant information, then creatively seek options for each issue in conflict. While this model is structured and self determinative, it also is … [Read more...] about Mediation as a Tool in Collaborative Divorce
It's Time to Divorce. What about the impact on your children? You have exhausted all efforts to stay together. You and your spouse agree on one thing and one thing only - it’s time to separate and file for divorce. But what about the impact on your children? How can you make it any easier for them? Is that even possible? You can’t even stand to look at your spouse, much less work together to … [Read more...] about Collaborative Divorce and Your Children
“Collaborative Divorce – that’s like mediation, right?” I can’t count the number of times I have heard that question. Collaborative divorce has been in Texas over 15 years, but people still don’t know what it is. It’s true that mediation and collaborative divorce are both “Alternative Dispute Resolution” methods. They each provide a path for divorcing couples to avoid having a judge or jury … [Read more...] about Is Collaborative Divorce the Same as Mediation?
4 Reasons (Otherwise) Perfectly Rational Couples Choose to Litigate Rather Than Collaborate During Divorce. Divorcing couples confront many difficult choices: Where to live, how to parent, what to communicate, whether to forgive, and so on. Ironically, one of the choices given the shortest shrift is also one of the most important ones: “How to Get Divorced.” Yes, just as there is more than one … [Read more...] about Futility on the Offensive