Archive for August 2014

Next Generation Divorce June 2014 Member of the Month

Repost from the Next Generation Divorce Website: Having spent the first 34 years of her career as a highly successful trial attorney, viagra Joryn Jenkins successfully assisted her first collaborative divorce client in 2002, over 12 years ago. She recently founded Open Palm: Win-Win Divorce by Joryn Jenkins, a law firm committed to offering collaborative…

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I’ve been served!

We’ve all watched legal TC shows and seen the process server knock on the door and announce dramatically, “you’ve been served!” while thrusting a sheaf of paperwork at the defendant. I’m a family lawyer, so, like most attorneys, I know that I never want to sue or be sued. I know better than to “go…

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Define Collaborative

I attended a luncheon recently with a speaker who discussed what exactly constitutes a “collaborative divorce.” I hadn’t realized that the question was open to debate! Did he agree that one could perform a collaborative divorce with just two attorneys, one for each party,so long as the participation agreement specified that the lawyers were out…

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Community Liaisons

It is the objective of every practice group to build the awareness, rx acceptance, and use of collaborative services generally, and their own group’s efficacy, in particular. What if we had an outside advisory board or focus group comprised of representatives from various community organizations and resources to assist us in getting the message out,…

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Perspective

When I was seven years old, cialis sale my parents divorced. My mother loaded us kids into the van and moved us 3000 miles away. I never saw my father again. Ever. Later, whenever I would ask for something that we could not afford, Mom would explain that my father never paid his child support…

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Mediation Massacre

Traditional divorce processes are destroying the fabric of American society. Yet another tragic news story that didn’t need to happen: On December 4, 2013, a doctor attending mediation in Manchester, Tenn., was gunned down by his estranged wife in front of his lawyer’s office.  Dr. Harry Bartee, 47, was shot multiple times by Brenda Bartee on the…

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Misnomer

I am one of those lawyers who believes in sharing my own story with my client, in part because I want each one to understand that we have something in common, and in part because it makes it easier for them to share with me. The following is one of the many true stories that…

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I Began College When I Was 16 Years Old…

I began college when I was 16 years old, health before I actually graduated from high school.  (Yes, years later, Vestal High School condescended to send me a diploma, but not until I had passed several courses at college to complete my high school prerequisites!  Which my mother didn’t tell me about until many years…

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Latest Scandal – Gossip Girl Divorce

Good morning! Gossip Girl here. Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.  Did you hear about actress Kelly Rutherford?  Kelly just filed for bankruptcy!  She spent everything she had on her divorce, purchase  plus some!  And you won’t believe the juicy details, all of which you can find on-line in the…

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Why Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce Services?

I have always been a trial lawyer.  (Well, since law school anyway!)  And I am, among other things, a family lawyer.  So, in the old days, I offered free divorces because it was an easy way for me to give back.  But after I spent a couple of years volunteering like this, I became dis-enamored with the…

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