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We Disagree Too Much to Do Collaborative!

You may think that you and your spouse disagree on issues too much to be able to use Collaborative Law. What that means is you don't know enough about Collaborative Law. There's no limit on issues it can resolve.

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The Increasing Popularity of Post-Nuptial Agreements

Periodically, there has been much discussion about post nuptial agreements You may be facing such an agreement. What are They? Post nuptial agreements are contracts between husband and wife dividing up all or part of the assets they own. The agreements are also known as partition agreements.

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The Challenge of Parenting as Families Change

Many divorces, and some post-divorce situations, involve parents who have good intentions and motivation, but just aren't sure about what they can do to create the ever elusive “quality time” when they are with their kids. The reality is that when families split up, most things are going to be different.

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Should I Get a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

In spite of the high rate of divorce seen throughout the country, couples keep getting married, some for the second or third time, some even more times. Divorce, however, is not ignored by the soon-to-be-wed partners, especially those who have been married previously. For people with significant assets, one preventive measure often taken is a prenuptial agreement.

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What Is Realistic to Expect?

It's a good idea to discuss with your attorney what your expectations are for a Collaborative Divorce. You could be very disappointed if you have unreasonable expectations. Your attorney can help you be successful and feel good about the process with a little more understanding of the process.

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Myths About Collaborative Law

When people are considering whether to stay married or get divorced, they will often do research on what their options are. Some people think the only choice is litigation, while others will dig a little deeper. Unfortunately, they need to be careful where they dig.

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Making Child Custody Decisions

Divorce can be very difficult emotionally. Powerful feelings can get stirred up when discussing custody arrangements or a change in custody. Getting into a custody fight can be one of the most expensive, emotionally draining and destructive things someone can do. That's true whether it is an initial custody determination or a subsequent modification or change of custody. A custody fight is often as damaging for the children as it is for the adults. For those who want a more civilized means of resolving such disagreements, consider the following advantages of Collaborative Law.

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Is Collaborative Law Really Speedier than Litigation?

No Easy Comparison. Usually it is, although it's hard to know. Comparing two litigated cases is hard to do because of so many different variables in each case: different judges, different emotional states of the parties, different facts, different histories of the parties, different motivations, and so on. Although people try to compare divorces all the time, the comparisons are not fair or accurate because of the differences in the cases.

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Is Collaborative Law Cheaper than Litigation?

Answer: Sometimes, but it's really hard to directly compare the two systems. Collaborative Law involves having a series of relatively brief meetings to work through to settlement in an organized and efficient manner. Including the preparation and debriefing times for each meeting, my experience is that there is often a three-hour block of time expended for each meeting.

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Can Collaborative Law Work for Tough Issues?

Some people think Collaborative Divorce is only for the “easy cases”, which is the opposite of reality. It was created to have a safe way to resolve tough cases. Simple Cases. Initially, people seem more willing to try the Collaborative process in the context of cases that don't have a lot of moving parts.

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