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 …

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 …

Process Options for Resolving Divorces

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If you are facing the start up of a divorce, one of the first decisions to be made is which legal process your case will use.  When you are meeting with an attorney, you should be informed about at least 4 different processes.  So that you are better prepared for the initial meeting, here’s a preview of what you should …

Professionals Getting Divorced Respectfully

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Professionals of all kinds often live a high reward-high risk business life.  They do stressful work, whether they are doctors, lawyers, accountants, pilots, engineers, athletes, business owners or other professionals.  It has often taken a long time and a lot of hard work to reach a level of success and sometimes the family suffers.  Relationships are hard to maintain in …

Why Is It Taking So Long? (Part 1)

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One of the most common frustrations expressed by people using the Collaborative Law model to go through a divorce is the speed (or perceived lack thereof) of the process. To me, it’s a matter of perspective. When people are directly involved in regular joint meetings and meetings with their attorney and meetings with the neutral professionals, they can seem to …

Can We Switch from Litigation to Collaborative Law?

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Sometimes, a Collaborative-trained lawyer will file a family law case and start it as a regular litigation matter. After a little work has been done on it, the other side may hire a Collaborative attorney and want to convert the case into a Collaborative case. Some people question whether that is possible. The short answer is “Yes”, we can switch …

Facing a “Later in Life” Divorce — Part I

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As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, they not only face changes in their work life. Increasingly, they are facing changes in their home life. Having a long-term marriage doesn’t necessarily mean that divorce is out of the question. Facing a divorce in your 50’s, 60’s or 70’s involves some serious concerns that may appear to be of a greater magnitude …

Is Collaborative Law Cheaper than Litigation?

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This is one of the most common questions I hear. Some people have gotten the idea that Collaborative Law is cheaper than litigation. In fact, some attorneys tell people that it is a cheaper process. Unfortunately, we can’t really determine that. No Way to Compare In some ways, I would like to think that Collaborative Law would be less expensive, …