Collaborative Divorce

What To Do If Your Client’s Spouse Is Not Yet Collaborative

If the client’s spouse is not represented by counsel, send a letter to him or her. In it, explain that the client has requested your help in obtaining a divorce and that your client is interested in proceeding by using the collaborative process, and provide the contact information of several collaboratively-trained attorneys. Provide him with…

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Holding Hands and Helping Clients

I was going through my firm’s old files the other day when I came across a thank-you note written by a former client. I am a paralegal at Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm  and work with attorney Adam B. Cordover. The client thanks both Adam and me in the note, and, although I am…

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Attending the Inaugural Management Training

Inaugural Collaborative Staff Training Imparts Valuable Lessons   I recently enjoyed the opportunity to attend the first ever in-person and live stream collaborative staff training, Open for Business, Managing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion & Profit, hosted by Joryn Jenkins at Open Palm Law. I have been a family law paralegal for three years. Last year,…

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Press Release: Managing Your Collaborative Practice

IT’S THIS FRIDAY! Press Release: Managing Your Collaborative Practice On January 22, 2016, Joryn Jenkins, a collaborative attorney and author of War or Peace, I Never Saw My Father Again, and A Free Divorce Handbook, will present her inaugural collaborative staff training, Open for Business, Managing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion and Profit in sunny Tampa,…

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Promoting Collaborative Practice

I’ll be on air again this Thursday to answer your questions about the collaborative process, in general, and collaborative divorce, in particular. I’m pretty excited to be back on with Jamie Meloni! That’s always a fun time! Tune into “That Business Show” weekdays at 8:00 am on WHNZ 1250 to hear about Tampa Bay’s most impacting…

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Lowering My Hourly Rate

How many of us lawyers can afford our own services? My husband and I retained a Miami lawyer over a dozen years ago, at the stunning hourly rate of $600. To this day, that amount still outrages me. I went to Yale University when I was 16 years old, graduated when I was 19, and…

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How Can I Take Your Book Home?

You know, I get that question a lot from friends and other professionals who refer me clients but who don’t want to worry their own happily-married spouses. They’ll ask “If I walk in the door with a book about divorce, what’s my wife going to think?” Or they’ll worry, “I’m happily married; what will my…

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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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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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