What a wonderful conference and one of the best parts was that we were all able to be face-to face with our lovely colleagues. The 2022 TexasBarCLE Collaborative Law: From Bush League to Big League conference was filled with exceptional presentations, fun activities, and gifted professionals. While driving back to Austin, the three of us thought it would be insightful to discuss the key … [Read more...] about Three Gals in a Car: 2022 Conference Takeaways
This article is from Syd Sharples, an Austin-based mental health professional who specializes in psychotherapy and collaborative facilitation, and past president for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. I just spent the holidays with my daughter and her father. I think I would probably have preferred a month-long defensive driving class to the holidays with my ex when I first … [Read more...] about 10 Co-Parenting Resolutions for the New Year
If you pay any attention at all to news stories around divorce, you’re aware that the holiday season usually brings at least one article about how unhappy couples, determined to stay together through the end of the year, make plans to divorce once the New Year arrives. The expense and stress of the holidays prove to be the last straw for couples who have already been contemplating divorce. An … [Read more...] about Christmas, Then New Year’s, Then Divorce?
A standard parenting scheduling in Texas splits up the three major holidays of the holiday season: it gives one parent Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day with the children on even years and Christmas on odd years, and the other parent gets the reverse schedule. For the parent getting the children during Christmas, it’s actually a fairly long stretch that goes from the Friday the children are let out … [Read more...] about A Case Against Holiday Time-Sharing for Divorced Parents
We happened upon an excellent blog article recently from the Brazos Valley Collaborative Divorce Alliance, a group of collaborative divorce professionals based in College Station. We recently covered the impact of divorce on children, which was a big topic at the latest International Association of Collaborative Professionals conference, but the article from our friends in College Station gives … [Read more...] about What to Do (and What Not to Do) With Children During Your Divorce
The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is next week, and you've probably noticed that some stores are already piping in holiday music and pointing visitors to Christmas presents. (You've also probably noticed new cups at Starbucks that may or may not be festive enough for some people's liking, but that's another topic for another day and another blog.) The holidays, while they have the potential … [Read more...] about “Find Your New Normal” This Holiday Season
This blog article is from Norma Trusch, a Houston-based collaborative family lawyer and longtime proponent of collaborative law. This is a preview of an article appearing in the upcoming edition of Roadmap, the Collaborative Institute of Texas newsletter. Like many of you, I have long felt that our wonderful collaborative law process should be made available to every family facing divorce. So, … [Read more...] about Low-Income Collaborative Divorce now available statewide
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas President-Elect Camille Milner, while attending the 2015 IACP Conference earlier this month, was inspired by keynote speaker Donna Hicks to write a blog article from the road. Titled "The Impact of Conflict on Children," the article looks at how children are impacted psychologically by their parents' fights, the similarities between psychological and physical … [Read more...] about Gauging the Impact of Conflict on Children in Divorce
This article was written by Tracy Stewart, a College-Station based financial planner, a Brazos Valley Collaborative Divorce Alliance founding member, and a former Collaborative Law Institute of Texas board member specializing in collaborative divorce. Yes. Get a collaborative divorce. Steer clear of a court-system divorce. Avoid draining your savings. Side step family squabbles. Enjoy your … [Read more...] about Can You Get a Divorce AND Have Joyous Holidays?
Divorce can be emotionally challenging when it involves just a couple -- but when that couple has children, it can be even more emotionally taxing for every family member. With that in mind, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas President-Elect Camille Milner posted a recent, excellent article on her blog covering the 10 things to remember when divorcing with children. One of the first rules she … [Read more...] about What to Remember When Divorcing with Children