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.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A “COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROFESSIONAL”?

Good question.
Over the past few years, over countless hours, Texas proudly becomes the first state to develop a methodology for recognizing collaborative professionals who have attained the highest standards of collaborative practice.  The focus of the work has been to offer the public a peer-recognized means for evaluating the skill set of collaborative professionals to [...]

SPICE UP, ENTHUSE, and REIGNITE your COLLABORATIVE LAW PRACTICE GROUP

Practice groups in collaborative law are designed to help facilitate the collaborative law process by engaging divorce attorneys along with financial and mental health professionals. This team approach mimics collaborative law at its best. What can collaborative attorneys involved in practice groups do to keep the spark goin

DIVORCE OPTIONS, ATTORNEY OBLIGATIONS, AND THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

When a couple decides to divorce, exactly what are their options? Family law attorney and Collaborative Divorce Dallas member Doug Harrison gives us his take.

WHY INTEREST-BASED NEGOTIATIONS ARE A CORNERSTONE TO COLLABORATION

What are “interest-based negotiations,” and how can they help divorcing couples in the collaborative divorce process?