Discussing Why You Want to Use Collaborative Law

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There’s an important discussion that needs to take place, but which is often overlooked, at the start of a Collaborative Law case.  People choose to use the process for many different reasons, sometimes being influenced by more than one reason.Here are some of the reasons why people choose to use Collaborative.  They are looking for: A civil, less stressful, resolution …

Is Collaborative Law Faster than Litigation?

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Is Collaborative Law faster?  Usually, BUT it’s not necessarily “fast”.The Collaborative process is deliberate.  We follow a Roadmap that is logical and efficient. At our first joint meeting, we usually explain the process, make sure everyone understands it and then get a firm commitment from everyone to follow the process.  We also discuss the goals and expectations of each party. …

Is Collaborative Law Cheaper than Litigation?

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Is Collaborative Law cheaper?  Probably.Is Collaborative Law cheap?  Not necessarily, but it’s all relative.The Players.  In Texas, each party hires their own attorney.  Then, the attorneys select a neutral mental health professional (MHP) and a neutral financial professional (FP) to work with both parties.  That sounds like a lot of expense, but keep in mind that the MHP and FP …

The Cost of a Collaborative Case: Is It Cheap? Part 2

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There’s an old joke about divorce that sometimes goes like this:Q:  Was your divorce cheap? A:  No, but it was worth it!That joke could now apply to Collaborative divorces.  They are not cheap, but, if people must go through a divorce, this process is a much better way to do it.  At the same time, there are some ways to …

Restructuring the Family the Collaborative Way

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In a typical litigated divorce in Texas, and probably most states, the Judge will impose a standard set of guidelines for most matters relating to the children.  In many of those cases, the resulting order doesn’t exactly fit the needs or facts of the case.  Many times, there’s a random standard possession schedule for the children, as well as a …

Do You Want a Civilized Divorce?

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Unfortunately, most divorces are somewhat acrimonious.  It’s a rare divorce where the parties are rational and cooperative with each other.  There are many reasons for that and it’s hard to change someone’s attitude when they are starting a divorce.Collaborative Law offers the choice of having a civilized divorce where the parties can be around each other and be treated respectfully.    …

Another Reason to Use Collaborative Law — Easy, Free Parking!

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I just heard an NPR news story about parking lots.  It was more interesting than I expected.  There were sound bites from Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi (“They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot”) and a Seinfeld segment where they got lost in a parking garage looking for their car. The story was explaining the obvious — …

Complicated Finances: When You Should Use Collaborative Law

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Couples facing divorce after a long-term marriage often have serious concerns about how to deal with and protect their hard-earned assets.  There can be a variety of investments, business interests and employment benefits built up over the years.  In a litigated divorce, if the case reaches trial, a judge is likely to divide the assets in ways that may not …

Is Collaborative Law Safe?

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Yes.  Divorce is usually a difficult and stressful process.  There is a competition for scarce resources, i.e. money and assets.  The parents no longer have unlimited access to their own children.  It is often a very emotional experience which is sometimes heightened by one or both of the attorneys.  Domestic violence is something that all Collaborative attorneys are concerned about …

Should You Collaborate or Litigate?

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If you are thinking about filing for divorce, you are probably considering who to hire and how to proceed.  Since you are reading this, you are probably thinking about using Collaborative Law.  If you investigate, some attorneys and other people may try to talk you out of using Collaborative Law and may try to tell you some reasons why it …