When a couple is confronted with the prospect of going through a divorce they have three basic process options. They can try working things out on their own at the kitchen table, working through lawyers in the litigation process or using the collaborative process. The kitchen table process is cheap but incredibly difficult for most couples unless they have no significant assets, no … [Read more...] about Collaborative Divorce – The Cadillac of Divorce Processes
Clients are so overwhelmed during the divorce process that most of them “just want it over”. For most, they find that their journey as a new family unit is just beginning. The legal case ends with the entry of a divorce decree that addresses the parenting plan for children and the various financial matters of the parents and their children. Hopefully the parents worked with a neutral … [Read more...] about Post-Divorce Teamwork
We’ve all seen the news of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos settlement regarding their divorce. Specifically, we learned what they wanted us to know (that Amazon, the Washington Post and Blue Origin will still be in Jeff’s control), but that most other details of their divorce would be kept confidential – which as much as we’d all like to know about the Bezos’, we would all want for ourselves. … [Read more...] about Advantages of Collaborative Divorce – Confidentiality
We live in a “smart” world. There is “smart” everywhere. A “smart” phone with satellite tracking capability is tucked into the pocket of every person over 8 years of age. IoT - the internet of things – enables multiple items of “smart home” equipment to function in a coordinated fashion. Chatbots with names like Alexa and Seri answer more phone calls … [Read more...] about SMART – maybe, maybe not
While divorce is often the best choice for everyone involved, including the children, the impact on them is undeniable. They are the ones who had no say in the decision, the ones who shuttle back and forth between houses and live out of a suitcase. Minimizing this impact is one of the primary benefits of the collaborative divorce process, and one of the many reasons why parents should … [Read more...] about Advocating for Children in the Collaborative Divorce Process
What if he’s crazy, or angry or not trustworthy? Is collaborative approach to divorce possible or advisable? In my practice I have heard certain accusations repeatedly for 24 years, clients telling me that their spouse is “crazy”, “a narcissist”, “controlling” , “hiding money” and/or “cheating”. When clients and lawyers are considering their process options to handle the divorce one of the … [Read more...] about Collaborative Divorce: What if My Spouse is Crazy?
Whether it is the “conscious uncoupling” of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin or the solidarity shown in a joint twitter announcement like MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos, celebrities and the uber rich tend to divorce in private. There are the clear exceptions to the rule, but in general those who live their life in the spotlight don’t want their true personal life to be exposed there. However, the … [Read more...] about What Celebrity Divorces Are Telling Us: What We Don’t Hear Speaks Volumes