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How Does the Length of My Marriage Affect My Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, each state has its own set of rules and laws that govern the process.  In Florida, the length of your marriage is an important factor that is considered under our divorce law. The duration of your marriage is certainly not the only important factor to consider in divorce, but it…

Should I Google My Divorce Attorney?

Google is a very helpful tool for all of us, and it’s free. As we have all learned in life, lawyers and doctors and accountants and other professionals are not created equal.  There are good ones and there are bad ones. Google Reviews: Google reviews tell you and I what past clients have to say…

Divorce Court Is Not Good For Your Business

The last thing that you need as a small business owner is to make a legal mess of your divorce. What is a legal mess?   You know the answer – court dates, delays, lawyers taking control of your divorce, your financial affairs being combed through with a fine-tooth comb by forensic accountants – two…

What Is Different About Collaborative Divorce?

I am asked regularly about how Collaborative Divorce works, and what makes it different.   One of the best resources to answer this question is the first letter written about Collaborative Divorce by Stu Webb, the Minnesota family law attorney that is widely recognized as the father of Collaborative Divorce. Stu worked in the legal…

What Are The 5 Best Practices For Parents Contemplating Divorce?

As parents, we think of our children first.  When it comes to divorce, this is especially true.  I am a parent, and I understand what that means.   That is why I treat parents going through divorce differently. I know that I am not only working for you, I am also working for your children.…

What Is The Hardest Part of Divorce?

In my experience, it’s the unknown.  Once you decide that divorce is going to happen, you are faced with some tough questions.   Common Divorce Questions: How do I start the process of divorce?   How do I protect myself financially?   How do I protect my children from the effects of a nasty divorce?…

How Do I Plan For A Collaborative Divorce?

Making the choice not to fight in court is your first step in the right direction. Next, you can choose to work with professionals that are aligned with your goals in divorce.  Collaboratively trained divorce professionals will treat you and your family with peace, dignity and respect.   These professionals have dedicated their time and…

How Do I Talk To My Children About Divorce?

Open and honest communication is crucial when the time comes to talk to your children about divorce, and what it will mean for your family. This conversation requires sensitivity, empathy, and a focus on their well-being. First, choose an appropriate time and setting that you, your spouse and your children will all be as comfortable…

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How Does A Child Specialist Help In Collaborative Divorce?

Parents will do whatever it takes to protect their children. To someone that is not a parent, this may sound like lip service, or a goal that parents reach for but don’t always achieve.  As parents, we know, this is the truth.  We do everything in our power to help and protect our children. Parents…

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Who Gets The House In a Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce: Interest Based Negotiation vs. Position Based Negotiation Interests are different from positions.  A position generally has only one possible answer – who will get the house?  Me or my spouse. An interest has a number of possible answers – I want to receive the house in our divorce because: it’s close to our…