October 4, 2016

Leaving Litigation Behind

aA collaborative law colleague recently wrote a lovely piece in the Boston Globe describing his reasons for leaving his litigation practice behind and representing clients only in alternative dispute resolution processes. His article resonated greatly with me. I too left behind a litigation practice to enter the world of peacemaking. While not an easy choice at the time, I look back six years later and realize that these years have been the most fulfilling of my career.  I have not stepped foot in a courtroom in almost six years.

I am thankful for many things in my current “out of court” career, but here are just a few:

  • I spend my days working with clients on resolutions that meet their big picture goals.
  • My conversations and negotiations are fruitful, honest and genuine.  The teams I work with and clients who choose me are seeking this type of interest-based negotiation without gamesmanship or posturing.
  • My colleagues are professionals with passion and dedication to help people through transitions in their marriage – many are my friends, including attorneys who are on the “other side” representing my client’s spouse.
  • I can be creative in tailoring outcomes to meet my clients goals.
  • We can tailor my work to each client and what they need and want out of the process.
  • I am a peacemaker who is at peace.

Peacemaking professionals provide the best experience for clients.  I share my own story as a practitioner in the hopes that potential clients will read this and get a sense of who I am.  Knowing that, clients too may choose a path of peacefulness.

Kimberly MillerABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Miller
Attorney, KM Family Law, LLC

Kimberly Miller, JD, MA, LAMFT is known for her ability to resolve challenging family issues without resorting to aggressive legal strategies that are damaging to vital family relationships. After years of litigating business and family disputes at a prominent national firm, she recognized the devastating psychological and financial impact that litigation can have on individuals, couples, and other loved ones. She decided to establish her own practice to promote alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as collaborative law and mediation, to reach consensus. Learn more at www.KMFamilyLaw.com

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October 3, 2016

Teaching Your Kids About Money – The Early Years

What are you teaching your children that will best prepare them for a successful adulthood? To be polite and say thank you? To believe in themselves? How about that if they save 15% of every check they ever earn, they Continue reading…

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September 30, 2016

We Are More Alike, Than We Are Unalike – Maya Angelou

My family is going through Olympic withdrawal.  Well, O.K., not really.  But we watched the events we were interested in and rooted for Team U.S.A.  Of course, Michael Phelps stole the show, and Ryan Lochte stole the…well, let’s not go Continue reading…

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September 29, 2016

A Few Thoughts On Death and Divorce

Categories: Divorce

I have been fortunate enough to make it into my later in life years before experiencing the death of family and friends close to me. My parents were the first losses from my immediate family, followed by an older sister. Continue reading…

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September 26, 2016

Estate Plan Must Haves! – Lessons Learned Post-Prince

A will is the cornerstone of your estate plan. It allows for an organized distribution of your assets after you pass. Not only does it make sure that your assets end up with your chosen loved ones, it also reduces Continue reading…

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September 21, 2016

Divorce Trends over the Year

Categories: Divorce

Like many things in life, people tend to divorce at certain times of the year.  My professional experience corresponds with a recent study out of University of Washington.  The study looked at the time of year that divorces are most often Continue reading…

September 20, 2016

Cooking for One

You may find cooking a daunting enough task as it is, but cooking for just one can be downright grueling, and can often lead to unhealthy eating. If you find yourself undereating, forgetting to eat, going through the drive thru, Continue reading…

September 15, 2016

A Divorce Closing Ceremony

Categories: Divorce

Some Things Are Especially Worth Doing Among the things that park themselves in that huge receptacle called What I Don’t Know That I Don’t Know are things that would be hugely beneficial were we only aware of them. My purpose Continue reading…

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September 12, 2016

How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 1

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

Vortex: 1) a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it towards its center; or 2) a place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that it surrounds, and hence, being inescapable or destructible Sound Continue reading…

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September 7, 2016

Five Simple Rules for Happiness, In Honor of Happiness Month (August)

Categories: Mental Health

Although happiness can sometimes seem elusive, keeping in mind the 5 Simple Rules for Happiness below will help: Free your mind from hatred Free your mind from worries Live simply Give more Expect Less It struck me one day that Continue reading…

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