What to Expect: How Easy is Collaborative Law?

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Some people think that if you choose to work out your divorce issues and you agree to not go to court, you have elected to use a nice, simple, easy process.  While the process is generally nicer than litigation and is intended to at preserve family relationships (assuming you want or need to), it is not necessarily simple or easy.If …

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 …

How to Negotiate in a Collaborative Law Case

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For people starting out in Collaborative cases, their focus is usually on something like gathering information, wondering what to expect or worrying about whether their own needs can be met.  Something that isn’t considered too often is now to prepare to negotiate in a Collaborative divorce case context.  Here are some suggestions to help address that oversight.1.  Learn from the …

Patience Please!

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Sometimes, people get anxious to get their divorce over with.  That’s understandable.  Divorce is stressful, difficult and often unpleasant.  It’s usually not a good experience, unless you and your spouse both are still cordial with each other and both want to move fairly quickly through the process.  Even if things start out well, try not to be in too big …

What to Expect at the 1st Joint Meeting (and Why)

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Collaborative Law is different enough from litigation that we insist on having a first joint meeting to put in a foundation so that everyone can be comfortable in the process.  This will be a brief introduction to the process. 1. Introductions.   We start off the first meeting by introducing ourselves to each other.  We usually have a team that …

Slow Down!

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One of the most common issues that comes up in Collaborative divorces is the desire by one or both parties to speed up the process. This can come up at the beginning or at various other times as we work through preparation and meetings. Why are people in a hurry? There are a variety of reasons. Here’s some: They want …