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 …

Is Collaborative Law Faster than Litigation?

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Is Collaborative Law faster?  Usually, BUT it’s not necessarily “fast”.The Collaborative process is deliberate.  We follow a Roadmap that is logical and efficient. At our first joint meeting, we usually explain the process, make sure everyone understands it and then get a firm commitment from everyone to follow the process.  We also discuss the goals and expectations of each party. …

Is Collaborative Law Cheaper than Litigation?

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Is Collaborative Law cheaper?  Probably.Is Collaborative Law cheap?  Not necessarily, but it’s all relative.The Players.  In Texas, each party hires their own attorney.  Then, the attorneys select a neutral mental health professional (MHP) and a neutral financial professional (FP) to work with both parties.  That sounds like a lot of expense, but keep in mind that the MHP and FP …

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

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Some people become interested in Collaborative Law because they are looking for a cheap way to get a divorce.  They assume one lawyer can handle the process and that there will be no fighting as they come to agreements.  Unfortunately, Collaborative Law doesn’t work that. There are always two lawyers and the parties often disagree on matters, but we keep …

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 …

Why Do a Collaborative Divorce? Types of Cases

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There are many different reasons why people may choose to use the Collaborative process for their divorce.  Aside from the advantages of the process, there are certain types of issues that could really benefit from the flexibility and privacy afforded by Collaborative law.  Here are some examples. A child with special needs.  Courts usually try to do a little extra, …

Just the Facts: Starting Without Assumptions

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It is probably human nature to face the unknown by making assumptions.  That can help a person prepare for new circumstances, decisions and consequences.  Sometimes the assumptions are helpful and sometimes they are detrimental.  Either way, making assumptions is an easy way to approach a new situation.There are three areas where assumptions are commonly made when someone is facing a …

Can Collaborative Law Work for a Custody Case?

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There is a common misconception that Collaborative Law will only work, or will work best, when the parties start out in “near agreement” with each other.  In other words, it works if the parties are very agreeable people and are close to a settlement.  Actually, Collaborative Law works well for major disputes, including alimony, property division and special needs, as …

Choosing Between Collaborative Law and Do-It-Yourself Forms

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There has been a lot of interest in people doing divorces by using do-it-yourself forms.  It’s obviously a way to save a lot of money.  It can also be a fast way to get a case completed, if everything goes well.The DIY approach doesn’t work well if the divorce is hotly contested.  In that case, at least one party will …

Acknowledgements: Spouse of a Professional, Facing Divorce

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How about the spouses of professionals?I recently wrote about how married professionals often feel under-appreciated.  What’s true for such professionals as physicians, lawyers, dentists, veterinarians, CPAs, professional athletes, financial planners, pilots, architects, engineers and many others, is also true for their spouses.  Just like the professionals to whom they are married, spouses of professionals often have a difficult time facing …