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Collaborative Divorce

Divorcing? Protect Your Finances, Personal Data

Jason Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Divorce
Jason Alderman

Divorce can be a painful experience to live through. Don't make it worse by not protecting your own financial interests.

What Is Required to Make Collaborative Divorce Truly Collaborative?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those of you who have been reading my series of articles about "Collaborative Divorce" should be well aware of the fact that I have quoted Stephen Wil...

How Many Ways Can You Untie the Knot?

Joel Sucher | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

Can Untying the Knot capture what viewers really expect from divorce? I'm talking about the outright meanness, the slinging of vitriol and the wielding of vengeance studded cudgels all meant to reduce your other half to a blubbering mess ready to give it all up.

'Collaborative Divorce' Is Collaborative in Name Only

Mark Baer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It seems to me that as currently practiced, "Collaborative Divorce" is collaborative in name only and at best should be called "Cooperative Divorce."

The Consequence of Unenforced Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Divorce Institute provide in pertinent part as follows: "All Collaborative Divorce ...

Must Parties Confirm That They Are Open to Settlement For Mediation to Be Effective?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I want to once again deconstruct aspects of Franklin Garfield's article titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?" because I find it an effective way of raising certain aspects of mediation, bringing about a discussion on those issues and educating people.

The Makings of a New Way: "Conscious Uncoupling"

Ellen Kellner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Divorce
Ellen Kellner

Call it conscious uncoupling, call it mindful divorce -- it's a groundswell that's ready for the Goop tipping point.

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

'Happy Valentine's Day. I Want a Divorce.'

Michelle Crosby | Posted 04.07.2014 | Divorce
Michelle Crosby

There are no legal answers to emotional issues such as anger, betrayal, sadness and fear. No law has been written that magically determines who should get the kids when or who cares more about that crystal vase in your living room.

An Essay on Divorce Corp., The Movie

Diana Mercer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

I finally saw Divorce Corp. Finally. After much banter on Facebook, a barrage of emails, a New York Times article, and the Huffington Post's own Paul Raeburn's review of the film, I finally saw what all the fuss is about.

5 Ways to Protect Children During Divorce

Deborah Anderson Bialis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
Deborah Anderson Bialis

Wondering what is best for your kids and navigating the optimal way to get them through the transition might feel like a constant struggle.

Moving From Parenting to Co-parenting: Joining Together in Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

In my state, as a man, if you want something other than the SPO and non-custodial parent role, you're going to have to fight. You're going to have to disagree with your expensive 'parenting planning' and PH.D family therapist.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

The Best Way to Divorce?

Stann Givens | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Stann Givens

I have seen scenarios that in the past would have taken twice as long, been absolutely hostile the whole way and cost each party loads of money, turn into situations where time, money and energy have been saved.

Do Feelings Matter in Mediation?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.16.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

While litigation and the court process may not address feelings and emotions, such things are dealt with in collaborative law and certain mediation models.

Should Lawyers Be Required to Take Continuing Education Courses on Human Mental Processes?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On May 23, 2012, I gave a presentation to the members of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. The topic was "Are Atto...

Is the Adversary Model Appropriate or Suitable for Family Law Matters?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Divorce doesn't impact children, especially if they are adults, does it? When families are "ripped apart by divorce," it has no consequences, right? ...

Divorcing Mr. Mom

Katherine Eisold Miller | Posted 06.02.2013 | Divorce
Katherine Eisold Miller

Traditional assumptions about gender roles may be weakening in today's marriages, but they are going strong in divorce. Women who were the higher-earners in their marriage don't want to pay alimony, and many men are uncomfortable receiving it.

Why Divorce Lawyers Are Set Up For Failure

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Almost everything that clients and courts ask lawyers to do sets them up for failure. And as a result, you're also set up for failure.

The Most Dangerous Stereotype About Divorce

Judith Ruskay Rabinor Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Divorce
Judith Ruskay Rabinor Ph.D.

A recent New York Times article about divorce has it all wrong.

What Are Divorce Financial Planners, Anyway?

Eva Sachs and Marion Korn | Posted 12.05.2012 | Divorce
Eva Sachs and Marion Korn

You only have one chance at a settlement which will affect you for the rest of your life. You want to be sure to get it right.

When Your Spouse Says These Words, Watch Out

Micki McWade | Posted 10.13.2012 | Divorce
Micki McWade

It's wise to be sure the divorce is necessary, but if there's no hope for the marriage, letting go as gently and as quickly as possible will save the sanity and the assets of both partners and their children.

How To Not To Botch Your Grey Divorce

Eva Sachs and Marion Korn | Posted 08.15.2012 | Divorce
Eva Sachs and Marion Korn

Grey Divorce -- divorcing in your late 50s or 60s or even later -- is a wake-up call that requires the same attentiveness for everyone involved.

Why Divorce Is Better After 50

Andrea Vacca | Posted 08.06.2012 | Divorce
Andrea Vacca

The phenomenon of couples divorcing after the age of 50 has grown exponentially in the past two decades.

The Secret Language Divorce Lawyers Speak

Laurie Israel | Posted 05.15.2012 | Divorce
Laurie Israel

Lawyers often use idioms rather than legal terms to explain concepts and strategies in divorce law to our clients.