Divorce throws life’s foundations into turmoil. Suddenly, high stakes issues exist in almost every arena: financial, legal and emotional. This creates a “perfect storm” that can cause the couple’s conflict to rage out of control. In this tempest, it becomes difficult to make the good decisions that are the heart of a carefully crafted settlement.
Here are some general guidelines to help make collaborative law divorce joint sessions (also called “four-way meetings”) as productive as possible. Some find it helpful to review these guidelines prior to each joint session. These are things you can do to help yourself. Before a Joint Session. You will have a meeting with your lawyer
What is the Collaborative Divorce Model? In a typical collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney and a trained mental health professional known as a divorce coach. Together, the couple may hire a neutral financial specialist and, if needed, a child specialist as well. In essence, when you participate in a collaborative divorce, you hire
No one enters marriage wanting a divorce. If divorce does happen, however, both spouses often hope to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution that allows them to make their lives work despite the unexpected change in plans. A collaborative divorce can help them do just that. Collaborative attorneys help divorcing couples resolve property issues using a
When a family is separating due to divorce, one of the hardest realities to face is that children can only be in one place at a time. Divorce does, however, offer opportunities for a renewed commitment to the parent-child relationship. It is worth the effort to handle this well because parent-child relationships transcend divorce. For
There is no way around the fact that divorces create difficult circumstances for families. Emotions run high; clients fear the worst about their financial futures; children sometimes bear the brunt of their parents’ anger and frustration. Litigation makes matters worse. Clients, already emotionally exhausted, spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to focus on the worst