Tag Archives: collaboratively-trained attorneys

February 11, 2015

Don’t Spare the Financial Neutral

Recently, I had an initial interview with a prospective client who was considering using the services of a Collaborative attorney for his divorce. He and his wife had already done the adversarial “thing” on their own – thus the divorce 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…

September 2, 2014

Are You ‘Settling’ with a Collaborative Divorce?

In the Spring 2014 issue of Family Law Quarterly, there is an article entitled “Collaborative Divorce: The Unexpectedly Underwhelming Advance of a Promising Solution in Marriage Dissolution.” The article discusses the history of Collaborative Law and suggests some reasons why 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…

January 3, 2014

3 Things to Consider Before Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

Telling your spouse you want to get a divorce may be the most difficult conversation you will ever have. The decisions you make during this critical time will affect you and your family for the rest of your life. While Continue reading…

December 31, 2013

Contested Divorce Can Cost You…and We’re Not Talking Money

While divorce is often expensive, when you look back on your divorce many years from now, the financial cost is not likely to be your most significant concern. If things do not go well during your divorce it is more Continue reading…