The Other Costs of a Litigated Divorce

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Collaborative lawyers are pretty good about explaining the options a person has in starting on a divorce. The old standard approach is litigation.  The main alternative is Collaborative Law.  Another approach, which is used by some people, is to represent themselves, which is risky.  Other posts go into more detail about the dangers of representing yourself.  For now, I would …

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 …

Is Collaborative Law Worth the Cost?

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For people facing divorce, a common question is whether Collaborative cases are “cheaper than litigation”.  While there is no way to compare a specific Collaborative case to an abstract idea of a litigated case, we can say that Collaborative Law will avoid a lot of the expense involved in litigation.Attorneys will often talk about how the Collaborative process can save …

What Does a Collaborative Case Cost?

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A question that everyone asks, or wants to ask, when considering Collaborative Law is “what does it cost?”.  That’s a natural and legitimate question.The simple, but not-too-useful answer is:  somewhere between cheap and the cost of protracted litigation.  On top of that, cheap is not defined (it’s relative, after all) and the sky (or maybe the extent of one’s bank …

Is Collaborative Law Safe?

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Yes.  Divorce is usually a difficult and stressful process.  There is a competition for scarce resources, i.e. money and assets.  The parents no longer have unlimited access to their own children.  It is often a very emotional experience which is sometimes heightened by one or both of the attorneys.  Domestic violence is something that all Collaborative attorneys are concerned about …

Facing a Divorce Later in Life?

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What happens when long-term marriages head to the divorce court?  It’s not pretty for either party.It has become noticeable that Baby Boomers and even older people are starting to experience a significant number of divorces.  Couples married for 20 to 40 years are getting divorced.  A long-term marriage does not automatically guarantee that it won’t end in divorce.  Part of …

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 …

Should You Collaborate or Litigate?

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If you are thinking about filing for divorce, you are probably considering who to hire and how to proceed.  Since you are reading this, you are probably thinking about using Collaborative Law.  If you investigate, some attorneys and other people may try to talk you out of using Collaborative Law and may try to tell you some reasons why it …

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 …

Considering Collaborative Law for Your Divorce?

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If not, you should!This is a time of the year when people set goals, make resolutions and often consider life changes.  One of the biggest life changes that is frequently considered in January is getting a divorce.  A wise person will look around to determine what options might be available and to find a compatible attorney. The “default” approach, or …