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 …

We Disagree Too Much to do Collaborative!

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I recently heard this as a reason an attorney gave for not using Collaborative Law for a divorce.  Obviously the attorney was not really committed to using the Collaborative process to resolve disputes in divorces and other cases and I have to respectfully disagree. 1.  Litigation won’t make the disagreements go away.  They just won’t be resolved as well as …

Can You Switch to Collaborative Law After You Start a Divorce?

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The simple answer is “Yes”! Even if you started by using DIY forms and trying to do your own divorce, you can switch to Collaborative Law by getting Collaborative attorneys for both parties. A divorce or other family law case can always be changed over from litigation to Collaborative Law at any time before a final order is signed.  That’s true …

How to Pick a Collaborative Attorney

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If you have decided that you want to use Collaborative Law for your divorce, you will need to hire a Collaborative attorney. That’s not necessarily an easy step because not all attorneys are trained in Collaborative Law.  You want to make sure you start off with a trained, experienced Collaborative lawyer.Here are some quick keys for how to find and …

How to Start a Collaborative Divorce

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Since Collaborative Law is still relatively new, many people may feel unsure about how to start the process.  It’s actually very simple. 1.  Be sure you really want a divorce.  Counseling or a cooling off period may be helpful.  A divorce creates huge changes, which can be great in some cases, but divorces are usually difficult.  You should really think …

What We Do and Don’t Do in Collaborative Cases

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If you are trying to decide whether to take a chance and try Collaborative Law, here are some things to think about.  Keep in mind that Collaborative Law may not work in every case or for everybody.  You and your attorney should carefully consider you, your spouse and the issues of the case.  Although Collaborative has a lot of attractive …

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 …

How to Get Information about Fort Worth Collaborative Lawyers

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Let’s say you have heard a little about Collaborative Law and you want to find out more because you are about to start on a divorce.  If you live or work in Fort Worth, Texas, you may want to find a Collaborative lawyer in or near Fort Worth to talk with.  Most people find family lawyers by getting a referral …

7 Tips on How to Tell the Kids

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For good parents who are approaching a divorce, one of the hardest things to do is to tell the children that their parents will be divorcing. Some parents just blurt out the news without much thought, but others really struggle to figure out the best way to explain things so that they will not emotionally devastate the kids. For some …