What happens at the first Collaborative Divorce Meeting?

Ok – so you’ve made the smart decision to proceed with a collaborative divorce.  You’ve talked to your attorney, your spouse is on board as is their attorney, and you’ve gathered all the documents you need for that first 4-way meeting.  Now what? You may be feeling a little nervous, anxious, and perhaps a bit … Read more

How a Collaborative Divorce could save your business

In discussing the benefits of Collaborative Divorce, we often talk about how it will help save your relationship with your spouse, cause you less stress and anxiety, be less harmful to the kids, and usually costs less than “old school” litigation. One of the real world examples of this is the case of a family … Read more

Why I like Collaborative Divorce so much…

I just started another Collaborative Divorce Case yesterday (meaning that we had the first four-way meeting with another attorney and her client).  It was another shining example of why Collaborative Divorce is such a great thing for clients that are willing to work with one another to resolve their case with less stress and pain … Read more

What is the true “cost” of Divorce?

The more people/clients I talk to, the more frustrated I become at the heart-wrenching stories of individuals who have been exposed to the “traditional” methods of divorce.  By traditional, I mean divorcing couples who seek out attorneys that will “fight for their rights” to make sure they get the best deal in the divorce, even … Read more

Easy tools to make post divorce transfers easier for the kids

I’ve had several cases settle recently that involved kids, and many more that I am working on right now.  Because spouses are required to separate for one year before obtaining a divorce in North Carolina, the reality of the situation dictates that many spouses are required to deal with the children’s issues almost right away.  … Read more

No Court Divorce: Less Stress, Happier Kids… a better way

Yesterday morning I attended a “calendar call” in a domestic relations courtroom in Wake County.  This is a scheduled court appearance for every attorney and litigant that has a hearing or trial scheduled in front of that particular judge for the entire week.  It is an opportunity for the judge to call each case and … Read more

What is Divorce Mediation – Does the North Carolina method work?

I didn’t realize until I had moved to North Carolina and reopened my family law practice here just how many meanings there are to the word mediation.  Lets start with a basic definition – a mediation is a form of non-binding dispute resolution where the parties meet with a neutral mediator to help them resolve … Read more

Preparing for Divorce – The Final Tip: Be Good!

This is the last in a series of blog posts I have written during the past several weeks on how to prepare for divorce and separation.  Today’s tip focuses on the practical – be on your best behavior while going through the middle of a divorce.  Whether you are considering a collaborative divorce, or a … Read more