Tag Archives: separation

October 9, 2015

What is a legal separation?

A lot of confusion exists about the terms “separation” and “legal separation” under Minnesota law. While both refer to a change in marital status, they have distinct meanings, processes, and consequences. “Separation” means only that you are living in different Continue reading…

August 26, 2014

Helping the Reluctant Spouse Accept Divorce

Starting a divorce can be difficult, particularly if your spouse believes the marriage can be saved. How you have this discussion may make a major difference in your life, particularly if you have children. In my thirty years of working Continue reading…

May 2, 2014


Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

Ever notice the common metaphors that surround divorce? Images are conjured with words like stress and fear, sadness and confusion, cost and loss. Perhaps, what is needed is to look for new metaphors to describe a life event that is Continue reading…

January 2, 2014

Divorce and the New Year

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

After the magic of the holidays dies down it can be hard to pick up the pieces. This holds true even if your holidays didn’t seem magical. The hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, traveling, holiday parties, etc., can create Continue reading…

May 3, 2013

What Happens After I Tell My Spouse I Want a Divorce?

So you are thinking of telling your spouse you want a divorce or you already have:  what next?  In many divorces, one spouse has spent endless hours, weeks or months working through the issues in the marriage and arriving at Continue reading…

April 23, 2013

If We Have Custody Worked Out, Why Do We Need a Child Specialist?

If you are going through or thinking about starting a Collaborative Divorce, you might wonder why you need a Child Specialist.  After all, if you and your spouse agree on custody and parenting time (previously called “visitation”), why spend money Continue reading…