Collaborative Divorce

Reframing Divorce: From Conflict to Planning

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One of the myths about divorce is that it’s all about resolving conflict. In reality, the “issues” to be resolved are not that difficult. The planning is much more crucial. Yet, because of the myths about divorce conflict, many couples…

I have a mediator. Why do I need an attorney?

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Mediation can reduce your need for legal fees.  However, mediation does not necessarily eliminate the need for lawyers.   A mediator is a neutral person who can help you and your spouse reach agreements.  However, a mediator cannot give you…

Negotiating Better Outcomes in Divorce

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Understanding the difference between interests and positions could make all of the difference in helping you negotiate a better outcome in your divorce. Position-Based Bargaining: Most people have a tendency to negotiate by arguing in favor of their positions. In…

Divorce: Do You Really Need a Lawyer?

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If you are getting a divorce, do you really need a lawyer? Increasingly, people are saying no. In some states, the number of people seeking a divorce without lawyers is reportedly as high as 70%. Is this a good idea?…

Divorce: Preserving What You Can

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Divorce means loss. It cannot be denied that a marriage is ending. However, the actual process of divorce can be one of preserving many things that do not have to be lost; including the well-being of your children, your emotional…


How to Interview a Divorce Lawyer

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If you are facing the possibility of a divorce, choosing a divorce lawyer could be one of the most important decisions in your life. Divorce is unfair. It forces you to make some of the most difficult decisions in your…

What It Means to Go to Trial in Divorce

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The last thing anyone wants is to go to trial, but sometimes going to trial is simply unavoidable. The good thing is, less than 5 percent of divorce cases go to trial, but what if you find yourself amongst that…

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

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Collaborative Divorce was started in Minnesota 25 years ago and has spread to more than 20 countries because it meets two basic needs felt by divorcing couples around the world. What does it mean to say that a divorce is…