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 …

Does Shared Parenting Require an Amicable Relationship?

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Joint custody is easy to imagine where the parents get along even after splitting up.  What about the significant number of cases where the parents don’t like each other?  How can they work together in a shared custody arrangement?Texas law provides a presumption that parents should be in a joint custody relationship, although that does not mean 50-50 time sharing …

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 …

The Cost of a Collaborative Case: Is It Cheap? Part 2

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There’s an old joke about divorce that sometimes goes like this:Q:  Was your divorce cheap? A:  No, but it was worth it!That joke could now apply to Collaborative divorces.  They are not cheap, but, if people must go through a divorce, this process is a much better way to do it.  At the same time, there are some ways to …

What’s the Role of the MHP in a Collaborative Divorce?

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Most people think of therapists as “shrinks”.  They do psychotherapy or psychological evaluations.In Texas Collaborative Law cases, we generally use a neutral therapist or mental health professional (MHP) to work with both parties.  The MHP does not do therapy for either party.  Instead, we rely on him/her to help in many other ways.Here is a list of some of the …

Do You Want a Civilized Divorce?

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Unfortunately, most divorces are somewhat acrimonious.  It’s a rare divorce where the parties are rational and cooperative with each other.  There are many reasons for that and it’s hard to change someone’s attitude when they are starting a divorce.Collaborative Law offers the choice of having a civilized divorce where the parties can be around each other and be treated respectfully.    …

Choosing a Collaborative Lawyer: Why Training is Important

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If you are trying to decide which Collaborative attorney to hire, you are probably looking at web sites and blogs to get information and to find out about the knowledge and experience of various attorneys.  There are many trained Collaborative Law attorneys to choose from in Tarrant County.  You do need to meet one or more in person to try …

Another Reason to Use Collaborative Law — Easy, Free Parking!

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I just heard an NPR news story about parking lots.  It was more interesting than I expected.  There were sound bites from Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow Taxi (“They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot”) and a Seinfeld segment where they got lost in a parking garage looking for their car. The story was explaining the obvious — …

Complicated Finances: When You Should Use Collaborative Law

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Couples facing divorce after a long-term marriage often have serious concerns about how to deal with and protect their hard-earned assets.  There can be a variety of investments, business interests and employment benefits built up over the years.  In a litigated divorce, if the case reaches trial, a judge is likely to divide the assets in ways that may not …

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 …