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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …