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Want to Save Money in Your Collaborative Divorce? "Spend" More Money! - Knowing the desire to minimize costs associated with divorce, why would anyone even suggest a couple “spend more money” on additional team members in order to save money in a collaborative divorce case?...
Why an Uncertain Economy Has Increased Collaborative Divorce’s Popularity - While divorcing couples disagree on many issues, they usually agree on the need to keep the costs associated with divorce to a minimum. Couples today are searching for a divorce process that is not only resolution oriented, (while still allowing their respective attorneys to be strong advocates for their clients) but also allows them to keep more of their assets in their pocket...
The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce - Couples choosing collaborative divorce agree from the outset not to battle in court. Instead, they sit down with professionals and work out settlements that meet the goals of their families. They pledge that if either spouse wants to bring the dispute to court, both spouses must retain new litigation counsel...
Parenting Conflicts - The parents may come in convinced that they cannot solve this problem without a judge deciding for them. The collaborative process allows the parents (with the assistance of all of the professionals in the process) to fashion their own solution that works for their family...
Collaborative Law Vs. Mediation - Collaborative divorce is a relatively new concept to many people. It is a process designed as early intervention in disputes to be used instead of costly litigation. Because of it's similarities with mediation, however, many people assume that collaborative law and mediation are the same thing...
Collaborative Language - While divorce may be inevitable, the way you divorce isn’t. The process you choose is the second most important decision that you will make as you begin to transition your family from what it was to what it will be
Collaborative Philosophy - It has been said that roughly 50% or more of all marriages end in divorce. Non-marital relationships fail at similar rates as well. But the emotional devastation that often occurs with the breakup of a relationship doesn’t have to be. That is where Collaborative Practice lives
Don't Be Fooled - Divorce is a problem to be solved, and not a battle to be won. Don’t be seduced by the hourly rates that divorce professionals charge. They mean nothing! The process decisions that have to be made, and the return on your investment in divorce professionals is a better place to be focused on. Don’t be fooled!
The Christian Divorce - Collaborative Divorce is the family centered process for families in transition. If there is such a thing as a “Christian Divorce”, it might just look like this. ..
Collaborative Law - From my lawyer's point of view, the ethical underpinnings of Collaborative Law are founded upon the accepted notions of "limited representation" and "informed consent". Our Collaborative Participation Agreement limits my role to one of negotiator as opposed to litigator...
Understanding What Is: Collaborative Divorce - In Collaborative Divorce, lawyers and spouses have one goal, the collaborative resolution of all issues-without the threat of trial. This goal is established ahead of time in a contract signed by you, your spouse, and both attorneys...
What Is a Collaborative Divorce? - With a collaborative law divorce you create opportunities for an amicable divorce, where low cost strategies are made possible through inexpensive family law divorce advice, effective consultation time, and finally a plan to create a no fight divorce resolution for all parties involved...
Collaborative Divorce - Collaborative law can also be used in contract disputes, employee/employer disputes, and in any other type of dispute where both parties have a vested interest in staying out of the litigation process...
What Collaborative Counsel Does for the Collaborative Client - Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution for divorcing couples who prefer not to endure litigation, but desire vigorous legal representation. One of the first issues of concern for every potential Collaborative Law client is whether the attorney will serve as a strong advocate for that client...
The Best Divorce Possible - There are two ways to end a marriage in Ohio: Dissolution and Divorce. Dissolutions are granted by courts to those couples who have been able to reach all of their agreements in advance; divorces are available for couples who cannot agree in advance, and who require a court to force decisions upon themselves...
The Fast and Fair Divorce - Every single one of my clients, without fail, tells me that they only want what is fair, and that they'd like their divorce over as fast as possible. Lately, I have been receiving a lot of calls from people who are contemplating divorce who are telling me, "We think we have everything figured out and we would like to use only one lawyer to write it all up."...
Collaborative Divorce - I love this quote by Abraham Lincoln: "Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser-in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man...
Comparing Collaborative Divorce and Mediation - Let's face it - divorce is seldom easy. Divorce requires us to make life-altering decisions at a time when we are most emotionally vulnerable. Often, the last thing we need is a "blood and guts" court battle over who gets the silverware. Collaborative law is designed specifically for couples who are looking for a calm, educational and professional alternative to divorce litigation...
Collaborative Practice: A Marriage to the Divorce - There is definitely something very special about accomplishing a divorce through Collaborative Practice. This specialness is present for the attorneys, for the clients, and for the other collaborative professionals involved in the process. The word that immediately comes to mind is "transformative"...
Balancing Advocacy and Neutrality: A Touchstone of Collaborative Practice - My collaborative cases are generally very satisfying. As I experience each collaborative case, I think about the elements that make it so different from a conventional divorce case. There is a sense that the participants (attorneys, clients, process coach, financial neutral) are working together to solve a puzzle in the most creative way possible...
Unilateral Collaborative Law - Most lawyers proudly assert that they are collaborative because they always try to settle their cases. Despite an almost universal wish to resolve conflicts, the intent to settle does not create a collaborative case. In collaborative law, litigation is not the last resort - it's never an option...
Collaborative Law: The Magic of Counterpart Counsel - At some point during a divorce process, everyone meets -- there is a four-way meeting of the divorcing parties and their attorneys. In a litigated case, the first in-person four-way meeting might be at a court hearing on a motion, or at the pre-trial conference with the judge...
Collaborative Law: A Safe Container of Mediation and Advocacy - The first question I am usually asked when I suggest to a client that Collaborative Law ("CL") may be the optimal method to resolve the client's legal problem (usually a divorce) is, "Doesn't that mean I won't be able to get what I deserve?" The first question I used to hear, 3-4 years ago, was "What is collaborative law?"...
Collaborative Mediation: A Hybrid Solution for Complex and/or Higher Conflict Mediation Cases - In the ongoing discussion of mediation versus collaborative law, what is becoming more apparent is the need for a hybrid approach for certain of cases that borrows from the best of both processes to meet the needs of complex and/or higher conflict mediation cases...
Collaborative Divorce - A Healthier Alternative - Like other alternatives to the traditional litigated divorce, collaborative divorce is a more dignified way of separating that allows the spouses, the children, and even the assets, to emerge healthy...
Alternative Approach to the Family Feud - For many people, divorce is just a legal procedure that dissolves a marital relationship. That superficial attitude fails to understand that a divorce has a lasting impact on both parties. If the divorcing couple have children, the impact is frequently transferred to subsequent generations. Numerous studies have shown that a high conflict divorce involving children not only leaves its mark on the children, but also the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc...
When Should You Choose Collaborative Divorce - You should see the other article entitled "Divorce Options" by this author for detail, but essentially in Collaborative Divorce clients choose specially trained collaborative divorce lawyers who are committed to a negotiated settlement. Clients agree in advance not to go to court except for obtaining of the divorce judgment, in an uncontested proceedings...
Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Law: Sibling Rivals, or Just Siblings? - How the emerging alternative processes of collaborative law and family and divorce mediation are alike (both offering a more humane experience of divorce) and how they differ. Learn about these processes' shared goals, separate limitations and professionals' (divorce attorneys and mediators) competencies...
Collaborative Law FAQs - Collaborative Law is the latest trend in divorce. Its a process where both clients and both attorneys meet together in a series of four-way negotiations to achieve resolutions to matters such as finances and custody...
Collaborative Family Law: Restoring Sanity to the Divorce Process - Consider the average couple on the verge of divorce. Often only one of the spouses wants to end the marriage; the other may know that there are problems but wants to keep trying. In such marriages, one spouse likely feels betrayed, vulnerable, worthless, angry, and possibly depressed; the other spouse may feel guilty about ending the marriage and yet angry about the relentless blame and clinging behavior of his or her spouse...
Collaborative Law, Divorce Without War - Collaborative law is a new way to resolve disputes by removing the disputed matter from the litigious court room setting and treating the process as a way to trouble shoot and problem solve rather than to fight and win...


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COLLABORATIVE LAW -- Sometimes called Collaborative Divorce, collaborative law offers cooperative divorcing spouses a way to end a marriage without litigation. Like mediation, collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution. The two spouses and their lawyers participate in direct four-way negotiating sessions. The collaborative lawyers act as negotiators and provide guidance and legal advice to their clients.
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