Collaborative Divorce

Brainstorming

Brainstorming settlement ideas is a crucial component of the collaborative process. Collaborative practice provides an open environment that encourages everyone on the team to participate. The participants should feel as though their thoughts are being heard and their interests validated. Collaborative professionals will encourage active listening in a casual environment.  The brainstorming step follows the…

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The Opposing Counsel

It’s a funny thing about collaborative cases; we trial lawyers are so accustomed to our secret language that it turns out collaborative practice is not just about making the paradigm shift in our attitudes, but it’s also about making that adjustment in the very language we use when we discuss our cases. Our special shorthand,…

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THE SEVEN BIGGEST DIVORCE MISTAKES #6

When making any major life decision, always get a second opinion! A lawyer should explain the various divorce options available for obtaining that final judgment. But lawyers are human. They have biases. They make mistakes. They want to make money. Always get a second opinion before choosing an attorney. But once you do retain counsel, take…

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Would Moving Out Constitute Abandonment of the Marital Home?

Are you thinking about getting a divorce? Are you worried that if you move out, the Court will conclude that you abandoned the home? That’s a common question that’s often raised in dissolution of marriage cases. Rest assured, just because you relocate does not establish that you’ve abandoned your home. In fact, there’s a presumption…

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The Supreme Court of Florida Adopts Collaborative Divorce Rules

What comes to mind when you think about divorce? A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Images of screaming spouses. How do we tell the kids? Who will keep the house? What will happen to my retirement account? How did we get to this point? Those unpleasant images are commonly associated with dissolution…

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Why Hiding Assets is Never a Good Idea

Imagine for a moment that you’re seriously considering divorce. You suddenly remember you have a substantial bonus coming up at work. You’re already angry and resentful after years of accumulated frustrations with your spouse. You know the divorce itself can be expensive. Can you think of creative ways so that your bonus isn’t considered as…

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How the CEO’s Divorce May Affect You

How the CEO’s Divorce May Affect You  In Florida and many other states, income earned and assets purchased during a marriage are considered marital property, subject to equitable distribution between the couple if they divorce. But what happens when those assets include shares of stock in a publicly-traded company? In the divorce of Kforce Inc.…

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The Costs of Litigation

Do you like to waste money? NO. I don’t think there’s anyone who does. It’s one thing when you spend it while doing something fun, like traveling or playing golf or falling in love with a handbag. That’s not “wasting” money. But it’s a different story when we’re talking about something painful, like the divorce…

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