Tag Archives: collaborative process

January 8, 2016

Delay, Delay, Delay!

During the first joint meeting of my Collaborative case, the parties agreed that an interest they shared was the efficiency of the process.  My client in particular was concerned about the case dragging on, as she was still living with Continue reading…

December 16, 2015

Anxiety with My First Collaborative Case

This is my first blog post in a number of months.  Though I am an attorney (which requires a certain amount of writing) and even once fancied myself a writer for film and television, the truth is that writing does Continue reading…

October 28, 2015

Are You a Good Fit for Collaborative Divorce?

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

This is an important question. Perhaps you have heard about the new paradigm of collaborative family. How might you know if collaborative law would be a good alternative for you, and how do you know if you would be a Continue reading…

September 27, 2015

The Power of Conversation

“The greatest single antidote to violence is conversation” – Jonathan Sacks I heard the quote above a while ago, and it has stuck with me. As I’ve been mulling it over, I have seen parallels to what I do as Continue reading…

September 15, 2015

Collaborative Divorce and College Admissions Compared

Every year, I am asked by my undergraduate alma mater to participate in the prospective student interview process. It is a good cause, to be sure; the university this year has over two hundred applicants from the greater Twin Cities Continue reading…

July 6, 2015

The Collaborative “Team”

The first thing that sets a Collaborative case apart is the Participation Agreement, a mindful choice by the couple to come to the table, with their support system, gather information, make informed choices, and negotiate a resolution. For a discussion Continue reading…

June 16, 2015

Collaborative vs. Traditional: The Role of the Coach

A couple of weekends ago, I received an email from a client asking me to call her ASAP. When I reached her, she related to me an incident between her and her husband in which a conflict between them escalated Continue reading…

May 29, 2015

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce was started in Minnesota 25 years ago and has spread to more than 20 countries because it meets two basic needs felt by divorcing couples around the world. What does it mean to say that a divorce is Continue reading…

May 15, 2015

Sufficient Conditions

Getting unmarried collaboratively is about having difficult conversations with one’s soon to be un-spouse in order to reach an agreement in which there is mutual gain – think of it as finding a way to divide a dozen oranges so Continue reading…

May 14, 2015

Don’t Forget About ‘The Team’

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

I have finally fulfilled my responsibility as a new member of the Collaborative Law Institute to take the two-part training, known as the New Collaborative Experience. The training, which takes place over two Fridays a week apart, is generally offered Continue reading…