Collaborative Law Compared to Mediation: Which is Better?

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Mediation.  Both Collaborative Law and mediation are dispute resolution processes.  Mediation is commonly used in divorce litigation and in other contexts.  I am a mediator and I strongly believe in the value of mediation.  It is great for settling litigated cases of all types.  Almost every divorce case, and most other family law cases in Tarrant County go to mediation …

How to Avoid Financial Mistakes in Divorce

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If you are facing a divorce and are worried about how you will come out financially, you are not alone!  Most people who think about their future want to make sure that the divorce process works to protect them from being taken advantage of and from missing out on something they are entitled to have.Karen Covy has an excellent blog …

How to Prepare for a Peaceful Divorce

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Often, people become hurt and angry when it becomes clear they are facing a divorce.  In most cases, the divorce should not be a surprise, but sometimes it is.  While some people can overcome their anger at the situation and their spouse, others can’t.  Attorneys will tell the parties that if one person wants the divorce, it will happen eventually.  …

Choosing an Attorney: Should You Get a 2nd Opinion?

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If, after talking with a prospective attorney, you feel uncomfortable with the attorney, you should definitely go see another lawyer before you hire one to represent you in a family law matter.   If you are considering using Collaborative Law to help resolve your family law issue, you need to have a trained Collaborative lawyer.  If you visit with an attorney …

“What Would You Do?”

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Clients often ask me to tell them what I would do if I were in their place when we are at a crossroads in a case. That’s an understandable question when facing a difficult decision, but I don’t like to try to answer it because: (1) it’s really not my case, (2) it’s not my life being affected and (3) …

Satisfying Both Parties — Collaborative Law

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An excellent article by Teresa McUsic appeared in the venerable Fort Worth Star-Telegram today discussing Collaborative divorce. In particular, the writer referenced a recently-published book by Scott Clarke, Melinda Eitzen and Vicki James. The book called, Divorce: The Collaborative Way, is available through Amazon and various book stores. The three authors are from the North Texas area. Scott is a …

5 Tips — If You Think it Will be Amicable

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Many people contact me and say they want to have an amicable divorce or child support or visitation modification agreement. They understand the benefits that come from avoiding the negativity that often accompanies litigation. They don’t want unnecessary work done and want to hold down the financial cost. Truth be told, they would probably prefer to have just one attorney …

Will Collaborative Law Work for Tough Cases?

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Some attorneys and some potential clients have the mistaken idea that Collaborative Law is appropriate only for cases where everyone is nice and they are already pretty much in agreement.The “nice” cases are usually, but not always, easy and rewarding to work on, but Collaborative Law is actually set up to handle more complex and difficult cases. Collaborative Law sometimes …

The Top 5 Fears about Collaborative Law*

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*and why you shouldn’t worry!Fears often have a major impact on how people make decisions. In an ideal world, decisions would follow a careful analysis of a situation and would include a consideration of the possible costs and benefits of a course of action. Unfortunately, such analysis takes time and effort, and many people succumb to the easier and quicker …

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Alimony

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One word that evokes strong feelings of love and hate in the divorce world is “alimony”. It’s obviously related to that other word with similar connections to love and hate: “money”. In Texas, alimony can be awarded while a divorce is pending or after it is final. Attitudes of judges, lawyers and the parties often make “temporary” alimony a very …