Getting divorced (and doing it well) is an expensive task.If someone were to do the impossible task of removing all the emotional complexity out of, it would be a lot like dissolving a business partnership. You must decide how to disentangle and rearrange all these things: FinancesHome(s)CarsKids schedules (maybe)Retirement plan(s) Most people struggle to handle tough decisions like this at … [Read more...] about When You Only Think You’re Saving Money On The Divorce
Although many of us consider our pets to be family members, the Texas Family Code still considers them to be property, for the purposes of a divorce. If your pet was acquired, adopted or purchased during the marriage, most likely the pet is community property. That means that a divorce court would have to decide who to “award” Fido or Fluffy to as part of a “just and right division” of the … [Read more...] about Who Gets Fluffy and Fido In The Divorce?
You and your spouse may want to consider a Collaborative Divorce if you own your own business. Why? 1. Minimize disruption of business operations. Sometimes when business owners are divorcing, the business’ employees will find out there is a pending divorce and then become fearful that they will lose their job for fear that the business will be sold or go under because there is a pending … [Read more...] about Do You Own a Business and Need a Divorce?
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
According to the statute, we get into collaborative by signing a participation agreement. If you're not working under the family law statute, you're just signing a contract to enroll you into the process in a case such as a probate matter or a civil litigation dispute. The statute says collaborative means you have dedicated settlement counsel and must have two lawyers. We sign a participation … [Read more...] about Understanding How The Collaborative Process Works
Many couples who face divorce do so because they have been experiencing significant financial difficulties. These financial woes may be one among many factors, or perhaps the only factor, that has led to the breakdown of the marriage. These difficulties may be exacerbated by going from a dual-income household to a single-income household, perhaps due to job loss, illness, or another significant … [Read more...] about Bankruptcy and the Collaborative Process
One of the biggest challenges facing parents who are divorcing is how to create and maintain a healthy and effective post-divorce relationship, especially when it comes to (co)parenting their children. We know from the research and clinical experience that the single most important predictor of a child’s adjustment post-divorce is the level of conflict between their parents. In fact, parental … [Read more...] about Co-Parenting Post Divorce: What Does It Really Mean?
Today's world presents many unnecessary stressors on children. For example, children should not have additional stress in their life from the two people they love and admire the most, their mother and father. These ten tips should help you co-parent in a more stress-free environment that will benefit not only you but more importantly will alleviate your child dealing with one less stressor in … [Read more...] about Ten Tips for Co-Parenting
The phrase “Co-parenting and Collaborative Law” has a nice ring to it. But how does the collaborative process facilitate co-parenting? Does the collaborative process actually facilitate co-parenting at all? Co-parenting after divorce is difficult for most couples. What can we do in the collaborative process to enable effective co-parenting? When comparing the collaborative process to the … [Read more...] about Co-Parenting and Collaborative Law
There are some statements that therapists often hear from parents when they go through a traditional divorce. Instead of helping parents come together for the sake of their children, divorce frequently creates more disharmony and mistrust. The mental scars to the offspring cannot be overstated. Below are some of what therapists here. “My ex is poisoning my kids towards me. She is feeding them … [Read more...] about A Common Pitfall of The Traditional Adversarial Divorce Can Inadvertently Push Your Children Away