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What Is A Collaborative Marriage Plan?

While Prenuptial Agreements contemplate what will happen if your marriage fails, Collaborative Marriage Plans help you and your future spouse consider potential problems that may occur during your marriage and agree to solutions in advance. Prenuptial Agreements are a legal tool that plan only for your divorce.  Collaborative Marriage Plans provide you with a much…

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What Is A Fair Divorce Settlement?

This is a question that I am asked more and more often by a husband or wife during Collaborative divorce consultations.  I see this as progress. In the Collaborative divorce setting, fair is exactly what we are seeking. We work hard to help both spouses understand the complete financial picture of their marriage.  Next, we…

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Are You Part Of The 3%?

Recently, a family law judge in Palm Beach County provided valuable insight to a group of local divorce attorneys and professionals. The judge reminded us that 97% of all divorce cases in Palm Beach County reach a settlement agreement without going to trial. 3% of divorce matters in Palm Beach County go to trial.  These…

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How Does a Child Specialist Help in Collaborative Divorce?

Divorce is a difficult and challenging process for everyone involved, especially for children that are in the middle of the process. Collaborative divorce offers a peaceful and child-centered approach, which minimizes the negative impact on children. When minor children are part of the family, a valuable addition to the collaborative divorce team is a child…

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How Does The New Florida Alimony Law Affect Collaborative Divorce?

On June 30, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida alimony reform bill into law. Here are a few take aways from the new alimony statute: Permanent or “Lifetime Alimony” is eliminated. Adultery by either spouse may now be considered in awarding alimony, and its resulting financial impact on the spouses. The legal standard of “need”…

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What Conflict Style Do I Want To Teach My Children?

A presenter at a recent conference I attended asked us, “What Conflict Style Do You Want To Teach Your Children?”[1] That is a powerful question. Do I want to teach my children to escalate conflict, or do I want to teach them to de-escalate conflict? There is no question that divorce is a challenging and…

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E-Book: How To Get Divorced Without Fighting In Court.

I am often asked, “What is a mindful divorce? How did you come up with that name for your law practice?” After handling highly contested divorce cases and divorce trials in Palm Beach County for over 10 years, I was introduced to the collaborative divorce process. This was an eye opener for me.  Instead of…

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Hourly Billing Woes

Over the weekend, I read a good article in the Palm Beach Post about hourly legal fees charged to the School Board. These bills were of course ultimately paid by us, the taxpayers in Palm Beach County. The law firm billed at the rate of $660 per hour. The columnist made light of the obvious…

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3 Signs That Collaborative Divorce Is Not Right For You

For the large majority of families, the benefits of the collaborative divorce process (privacy, respect, non-adversarial nature) far outweigh the cons. However, in some instances, collaborative divorce is not the best fit to address the issues in your divorce. Collaborative divorce is not the best solution for you IF: REVENGE – If you or your…

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7 Questions To See If Collaborative Divorce Is A Good Fit For You

Divorce is not fun and it’s not easy.  This is true no matter which process you decide is the best fit for your divorce. However, some divorces are much better than others. Almost all of us know someone that has been through an ugly divorce.  In my experience, just about every one of those “ugly…