Archive for the ‘Collaborative Conversation’ Category

Benefits of Using a Financial Professional in Collaborative Divorce

In the team approach of collaborative divorce, the Neutral Financial Professional (FP) can be an enormous asset.

What is a Neutral Financial Professional in Collaborative Divorce?

Within the collaborative divorce process, in addition to each client engaging their own divorce attorney, two “neutral professionals” round out the team to reach a divorce settlement amenable to both parties: a mental health professional (MHP) and a neutral financial professional (FP).  For this post, we will focus on the financial professional: who he or [...]

Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award recipient Kevin Fuller, 2017

Kevin Fuller, Collaborative Divorce Dallas member, was recently awarded the GAY G. COX COLLABORATIVE LAW AWARD for the year 2017, established by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas in 2013.  This honor celebrated Gay G. Cox as an outstanding and extraordinary lawyer who dedicated her professional and personal life to the peaceful resolution of conflict [...]

CDD members present in Frisco to Collaborative Divorce Professionals

Jody Johnson and Honey Sheff, both CDD members, presented on July 20th at a gathering of collaborative law professionals in Frisco.  The talk centered on effective strategies that collaborative professionals can employ when facing challenges with clients.  These problems can cover a broad spectrum–from clients who do not really want the divorce, those who want [...]

How Collaborative Law Differs from Mediation

Critics of collaborative divorce argue that the majority of cases settle before trial anyway, often at mediation, so why risk having to withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached?  Why would any lawyer sign an agreement compelling withdrawal from representation if the case ends up in court (as the collaborative divorce process [...]

Forgiveness and Divorce Workshop for Collaborative Divorce Dallas Practice Group

Collaborative Divorce Dallas members took part in a compelling workshop this May, presented by Dr. Frederic Luskin, who holds his Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University.  Dr. Luskin, Director of the “Stanford Forgiveness Project,” specializes in the facets of forgiveness and the role forgiveness plays in moving past trauma.  Dr. Luskin travels the [...]

How Collaborative Divorce Has Made Me a Better Lawyer

It isn’t a touchy-feely job title: divorce attorney. Law school training sets a certain scene: a courtroom, a winner, a loser. But in learning collaborative law, I have come to believe there is a better, more dignified approach to divorce that is a win for everybody involved.

What does Advocacy Look Like for the Attorney in the Collaborative Divorce Process?

With collaborative divorce, the role of “advocate” taken on by the attorney is altogether different than the litigation model. Find out what the advocacy role looks like for the family law attorney in the Collaborative Divorce Process.

Top Ten to Consider Before Talking Collaborative Divorce with your Spouse

When talking collaborative divorce with your spouse, tread carefully. This process is unique; not everyone will know about how collaborative divorce really works. Here are the top ten ideas to consider before having the “collaborative divorce talk.”

TRANSITIONS: How Do We Feel Safe in Times of Change?

Divorce is a major life transition. Even when it is the best ultimate outcome for those involved, divorce is painful and scary. We can take a cue from the Mbuti tribe in Africa and create a safe “sphere” within which to reach again our equilibrium.