Author Archives: Kellie McConahay

About Kellie McConahay

Kellie McConahay is a collaborative attorney and mediator. After her own divorce, Kellie was inspired to create a law firm focused exclusively on helping families stay out of court. She experienced firsthand the pain, anger and fear at the beginning of a divorce, but the collaborative process brought healing and, eventually, joy to her family. Kellie knows the process chosen in a divorce, particularly with children, impacts every member of the family for years to come. You can learn more at

August 14, 2014

Celebrating Children’s Milestones After Divorce

Perhaps the most important advice I can give someone going through a divorce is to keep the long view in mind. Although it is easy to be swamped by the immediate emotions, the years after the divorce are where you Continue reading…

August 5, 2014

How To Handle A Reluctant Spouse In A Divorce

When you are ready to start a divorce, nothing creates more frustration than the reluctant spouse.  How are you supposed to move forward with your life when your husband or wife doesn’t want a divorce?  Here is my advice for Continue reading…

September 11, 2013

When Being Right Is Wrong: Lesson from a Dog

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It turns out that dogs are great teachers about relationships. My dog recently taught me that I cannot get him (or anyone else) to do something simply by being right. Being right will not get you what you want in Continue reading…

September 6, 2013

Top 3 Tips for Divorced Moms

Besides being a family law attorney, I am a divorced mother of a teenager. My daughter was 9 when her dad and I separated. Parenting is not for the faint of heart, even with a great kid. I cherish the Continue reading…

August 23, 2013

Secrets to Resolving Conflicts based on Antoinette Tuff

Categories: Collaborative Law

Compassion overruled a machine gun this week. The actions of one courageous school clerk at a Georgia elementary school saved countless lives. The skills she demonstrated in convincing a desperate man to put down his weapons can teach all of Continue reading…

May 22, 2013

Same-Sex Divorce for Couples Married in Other States

While much of the focus of the new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota is focused on the upcoming weddings, the new law also paves the way for same-sex couples to legally divorce once the law goes into effect on Continue reading…

May 6, 2013

Choosing the Right Path: Bloody Basin Road or Tranquil Trail?

At the beginning of a divorce, you have to choose which path to take.  I think of this choice every time I see this sign in Arizona, where Bloody Basin Road is one direction, and Tranquil Trail goes the opposite Continue reading…

April 19, 2013

The Best Parenting Plan is the One You Never Have To Use

When it comes to co-parenting after divorce, the best parenting plan is the one you never have to use. Creating the parenting plan is perhaps the most important part of your collaborative divorce process. But if you put the time Continue reading…