Collaborative Divorce

How Post-Divorce Relationships Can Benefit From The Collaborative Process

2019-09-16T15:41:52+00:00September 5th, 2019|Collaborative Divorce|

When going through a divorce, most people simply want it to be over. They are often dealing with a range of painful emotions from feelings of betrayal and sadness to anger. It's hard to imagine the future and especially what they're post-divorce relationship might be like. Many people have reported that when they are going [...]

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How To Avoid The High Price Of High-Conflict Divorce

2019-09-05T12:51:03+00:00August 26th, 2019|Collaborative Divorce|

For young children, mom and dad are their world. The family is the hub of their existence. Their dependence on the family is intrinsically connected to their sense of who they are. This is especially true for pre-adolescent children. Naturally, when divorce disrupts this locus of security and self-worth, it can be confusing, scary and [...]

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Why Amazon’s Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos May Have Chosen Collaborative Divorce

2019-08-22T11:38:10+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Collaborative Divorce|

The Collaborative Divorce option is becoming more widely known and used, and it’s being propelled by high profile divorces in which couples consciously choose to stay away from the traditional adversarial process for negotiating a settlement. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is apparently the latest to embrace a more collaborative approach to divorce. [...]

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Collaborative Law: What You Really Need To Know

2019-08-26T08:56:01+00:00July 17th, 2019|Collaborative Divorce|

Collaborative law is a modern way of resolving disputed issues. It is an alternative method of dispute resolution that takes the matter out of the context of traditional litigation (position-based bargaining) and incorporates an interest-based negotiation model. The goal of the collaborative law process is to reach a resolution of all disputed issues that is [...]

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Collaborative Divorce Or Mediation: What’s The Difference?

2019-07-17T12:29:09+00:00March 14th, 2019|Collaborative Divorce, Springfield Collaborative Divorce News|

As more people learn about the benefits of collaborative divorce, one of the most common questions that comes up is "How is collaborative divorce different from divorce mediation?" Divorce Mediation Divorce mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process (ADR) where a neutral third-party (Mediator) helps the spouses in reaching a resolution of all disputed [...]

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Common Worries Children Have About Divorce And How Collaborative Divorce Can Help

2019-03-05T11:56:29+00:00January 30th, 2019|Articles, Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina, Parenting and Co-Parenting|

Divorce is a time often fraught with worry and uncertainty. Many people experience an onslaught of conflicting and overwhelming emotions. Those things are true for adults who have at least some understanding and often somewhat reasonable expectations about what to expect. For children who are facing the process of divorce, it can be a [...]

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What Some Divorce Lawyers Don’t Want You To Know

2019-03-05T11:56:37+00:00January 9th, 2019|Articles, Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina|

If you are considering divorce in North Carolina, there is something you should know. It's a secret that some divorce lawyers might not want you to know. The secret is that only about 10% of divorce cases ever actually go to trial. The other 90% are settled. Unfortunately, these settlements often occur only after the [...]

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Collaborative Family Law Brings Out The Best In People Amidst A Difficult Situation

2019-06-04T15:21:21+00:00November 7th, 2018|Articles, Collaborative Divorce|

There is no way around it. Divorce is hard. But let’s forget about the actual legal process of getting a divorce for a moment, and simply consider the circumstances leading up to it. Even when both parties have agreed to end the marriage, it can be a dreadfully painful experience. Many people have said that [...]

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The Collaborative Divorce Attorney’s Role In Your Divorce

2019-03-05T11:57:01+00:00October 4th, 2018|Collaborative Divorce|

While collaborative law is a process where the parties agree to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution of the disputed issues without going to court, each party is still represented by their own collaborative divorce attorney. Like divorce lawyers in traditional litigated matters, your family attorney will act as an advocate for your interests. They [...]

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7 Steps for Talking with your Spouse About Collaborative Divorce

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Collaborative Divorce, Featured|

We know it can be difficult to talk to a spouse about divorce in general, but add in the task of trying to interest them in learning about collaborative divorce, and it probably feels like climbing Mt. Everest. So we put together the following steps and hope they can be helpful. Admit you are scared about what the [...]

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Amicable Divorce

2016-11-16T16:06:06+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Collaborative Divorce, Featured|

I recently heard someone use the term "amicable divorce" when they described collaborative divorce. I've never used that term to describe collaborative divorce, and it got me wondering why. It seems like "amicable divorce" is maybe a quick and easy way to explain what I do. "I help people have an amicable divorce." But that's [...]

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Protecting Yourself—AND Your Kids—During Divorce

2016-11-16T16:06:06+00:00January 12th, 2015|Collaborative Divorce, Featured|

We had a call the other day from someone facing divorce. He wanted to know more about the collaborative divorce process. He said he was intrigued by the possibility of a collaborative divorce, but he also wanted to be protected in the divorce. He said he was thinking he might need to call the law firm that [...]

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Can Counseling Hurt You During a Divorce?

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00November 25th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Featured|

Can counseling hurt you during a divorce? The answer is a resounding yes, if the divorce goes through the traditional process of court litigation. The answer is a resounding no, if the alternative—collaborative divorce—is chosen. We see a lot of people who are in tremendous emotional distress. They are wondering if their marriage is headed [...]

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Living Arrangements for Separated Couples Can Have Legal Ramifications: Tread Cautiously

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00November 11th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce in North Carolina, Featured|

In North Carolina, you can't get divorced until you've been physically separated for at least a year. During the separation period there's a need for two homes while you're still married. If you rent an apartment as the second home, then it can be relatively simple. But if you want to buy a second home [...]

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To Sell or Not to Sell the Marital Home In Divorce

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00November 4th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce, Featured|

There's no right answer when it comes to whether to sell the house because of divorce. Some say you don’t want to be "stuck" with the home, because it means you'll get fewer of the other marital assets, and these assets may be more liquid, may have fewer costs associated with them, and may appreciate [...]

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Collaborative Divorce Demystified

2016-11-16T18:19:03+00:00October 7th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce|

There's a common myth about collaborative divorce that says it's only for low-conflict couples. In part, this misunderstanding comes from a decision, 25 years ago, to call this intensive, settlement-only effort "collaborative law." It makes it sound like it's "friendly" divorce. But collaborative divorce does not require that spouses feel "friendly" toward each other. Few [...]

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The Choice is Yours: Avoid Prolonged, Expensive Court Divorces

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00October 1st, 2014|Collaborative Divorce|

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently handed down an opinion reviewing a child custody case from Wake County that highlights the horror of parenting disputes in court. First, the horror of the cost. The Court of Appeals noted that the trial court did not appoint a parenting coordinator because the parents could not afford [...]

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Collaborative Divorce is Entering the Mainstream; 10th State Adopts Statute This Month

2016-03-16T18:33:33+00:00September 23rd, 2014|Collaborative Divorce|

An idea began shaping in Stu Webb's family law office in Minnesota in 1992. The novel idea was to help families through the divorce process with a new approach he decided to call collaborative law. This month, Collaborative Law Proceedings were officially accepted as a practice area in New Jersey, which is the 10th state [...]

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4 Healthy Ways to Effectively Navigate Conflict—Part 4 of 4

2016-11-16T18:19:04+00:00September 5th, 2014|Collaborative Divorce|

This four-part blog series will explain 4 unique and healthy ways to effectively communicate and navigate your way through conflict. This is the last in our four-part series about how to effectively navigate conflict. Today, we discuss changing conflict into joint problem solving. When we're in conflict with someone else, it means that we each have a [...]

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