Is Collaborative Law a Good Fit for You?

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In a recent blog post, Adryenn Cantor, a San Diego, CA attorney included an excellent list of five questions for people to ask themselves to determine if they are a good candidate for using Collaborative Law in a divorce case.  Here are her questions: “Do you want to end your marriage with respect and integrity?  Is taking a rational and …

Should I Use Collaborative Law in an Uncontested Divorce?

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First, we need to understand what an “Uncontested Divorce” really is.  There are two common definitions which reflect different points of view.  A party to the divorce may say that the spouses have agreed to have an uncontested divorce. That usually means that the parties both want, or at least will agree, to be divorced.  Very often, though, there is …

Should Professional Athletes Use Collaborative Law?

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Many athletes seem to think that they become almost bullet proof and that once they reach a certain level of athletic achievement, they can control virtually all aspects of their lives. They seem to believe that the money, notoriety and power that come with success on a big stage will enable them to avoid the problems that the general public …

Can’t Afford to Divorce

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It seems that more people are staying together because they really can’t afford to divorce. A recent newspaper article from Birmingham, Alabama discussed the situation there. Although there is talk of that here in Texas, there have been no local in-depth surveys or studies. Nevertheless, the economy undoubtedly is having an impact. There are reports in Tarrant County that the …

Don’t be Listening to Others

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Usually, when people sign up to use Collaborative Law, they are really fired up at the outset. They see the advantages of using a peaceful and dignified means to settle their divorce or other family law issue. They may have researched Collaborative Law and decided it was their best option. They may have been referred to a Collaborative lawyer and …

Collaborative Law Works in Britain, Too

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A recent article in the American Bar Association Journal provides further support for the use of Collaborative Law in settling disputes. The article quotes a senior British judge (in the London Times) as saying that Collaborative Law is much better than traditional litigation. The growth of Collaborative Law in the last five years, both in Britain and in the U.S., …

What Issues are Appropriate for Collaborative Law?

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Many people think Collaborative Law is useful only in cases where both parties are basically in agreement. They think that spouses or ex-spouses couldn’t sit down and have civilized negotiations on sensitive child custody or financial issues. Because couples get into arguments on their own, some think that Collaborative Law can’t work in high conflict families or where there may …

Vermont Collaborative Law

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You may be wondering why there’s a post about Vermont here in the Texas Collaborative Law Blog. The answer is that some points were raised that are just as relevant here in Texas. There was a very nice short article about Collaborative Law in today’s Burlington (VT) Free Press. The article was really a low-key introduction to Collaborative Law and …

An Overview of Texas Collaborative Law

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Collaborative Law is a dispute resolution system that permits the parties to a divorce or family law issue to settle out of court in a respectful, private and mutually agreeable manner. The parties each have their own attorneys, but they agree at the outset to not go to court. Instead, they set goals, gather information, create solutions and reach agreements …