What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 3

What are the roles of the collaborative professionals? The roles of the professional team members are different than in litigation. Let me compare litigation with collaborative divorce. In divorce litigation, the lawyer often takes on many roles: litigator who will fight for you, argue the law for you, strategize with you, hold your hand, give you tough love, calculate your Read more about What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 3[…]

What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 2

The most expensive part of the collaborative process is retaining your professional team. It helps if you compare collaborative divorce to litigation: In litigation (when you’re going to go to court), each party pays their respective attorneys a retainer fee before the attorney commences work on the case. Litigation retainer fees range from $3,500 to $10,000 Read more about What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 2[…]

Kids Don’t Always Bounce Back – Parents Must Prevent Damage BEFORE It’s Done

Have you ever heard a friend or acquaintance talk about how they are a product of divorce and that their parents’ custody battle destroyed their childhood and major events of their adulthood? And that they’re still working on resolving issues surrounding their parents’ divorce? Jason Mraz has a great song that describes one man’s feelings on the Read more about Kids Don’t Always Bounce Back – Parents Must Prevent Damage BEFORE It’s Done[…]

What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 1

Collaborative divorce offers a team approach. The usual team is made up of:     -2 collaboratively trained lawyers (must be licensed to practice law)    -2 divorce coaches (must be a licensed therapist and collaboratively trained)    -1 neutral financial specialist (must be licensed accountant and collaboratively trained) In addition, there may be a child specialist, realtor, tax attorney, or other specialist. Read more about What is Collaborative Divorce? Part 1[…]

WARNING ABOUT RETAINING THE RIGHT PEACEMAKER

People are reading these posts which tell you to avoid shark or bulldog attorneys, but some of you are not asking the right questions and end up retaining them anyway. These are the questions to ask: -How much of your practice is peacemaking (mediation or collaborative) and how much is litigation?-How often are you hired as a mediator rather Read more about WARNING ABOUT RETAINING THE RIGHT PEACEMAKER[…]