Tag Archives: collaboratively-trained attorneys

July 10, 2017

How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 3

In parts 1 and 2, we defined vortex as: 1) a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it towards its center; 2) a place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that it surrounds, Continue reading…

February 16, 2016

Initial Consultation

In the Twin Cities, many family law attorneys offer a free consultation to learn about your options.  This is a time to meet your potential new attorney and ask your questions.  The consultation can serve three main purposes. First, you Continue reading…

August 21, 2015

How to Interview a Divorce Lawyer

If you are facing the possibility of a divorce, choosing a divorce lawyer could be one of the most important decisions in your life. Divorce is unfair. It forces you to make some of the most difficult decisions in your Continue reading…

April 17, 2015

Divorce: The Drafting Process

I am often asked what a “drafting” process for divorce entails. While a full process often has 3-5 professionals, a process for clients who have worked out most of the resolutions on their own, can be much more streamlined. Using Continue reading…

November 21, 2014

Generalist or Specialist: Can an Attorney Wear Too Many Hats?

A friend of mine who knows I am intricately woven into the divorce-planning and alternative dispute resolution circles in the Minneapolis St. Paul metro recently asked me if I knew a certain divorce attorney.  He knew of a person who Continue reading…

June 25, 2014

One of the Many Reasons I Stopped Going to Court

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

Former litigators who now practice exclusively collaborative law have varied reasons for that decision. Many revolve around better outcomes for clients or more peaceful processes. A reason that is less commonly talked about is the well being of the practitioner. A Continue reading…

June 3, 2014

Innovation and Creativity in Divorce

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

This may sound like a joke . . . but it’s not. What do UPS trucks and collaborative divorce have in common? Both use innovation and creativity to solve standard problems in unique ways.   Almost all turns (90%) made Continue reading…

May 27, 2014

Try to “Win” in Divorce Court: Unless You Want to Get a Better Result

With so much at stake in a divorce, it is tempting to think about how to “win”.  Yet, the grim irony of divorce is that “winning” often leads to poor results.   I know that seems like a contradiction, but most Continue reading…

May 13, 2014

Collaborative Divorce: A Minnesota Model Changes the World

I just read a Forbes magazine article about the four methods of divorce: Do it yourself Divorce; Mediation; Collaborative Divorce and Litigated Divorce and it reminded of how lucky we are to live in Minnesota. Collaborative Divorce started in Minnesota Continue reading…

January 9, 2014

Getting Value from Your Attorney’s Hourly Fees

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

Most divorce attorneys charge between $200 and $350 per hour. That fact could become a real obstacle in your divorce (and can even drive you a little crazy), unless you find ways to deal with it effectively. Here are some Continue reading…