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Is Negotiation The Right Divorce Process For You?

Many divorcing couples aren’t able to resolve their divorces without the assistance of professionals. Sometimes one hires an attorney to represent one of them in the negotiations with the other party; sometimes they each opt to retain counsel to negotiate a resolution for them. How do you know if this is the right divorce process…

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Five Ways to Choose a Lawyer for Your “Trivial” Legal Matter

Choosing a lawyer can be stressful, especially if you are doing it to take care of a life-changing event like your divorce, your bankruptcy, the dissolution of your partnership, or a criminal matter. But what about those times when you need a lawyer for a small issue, like to prepare a simple contract, argue a…

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Asking Questions: Is Mediation The Right Process For Your Divorce?

 For the couple getting divorced, there are a number of choices available to them of how to go about it, from negotiating directly with each other (pro se negotiations) to leaving it all in a judge’s hands (litigation). At a time when there are already so many questions and so much stress, it may seem…

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Dating With Kids: When Should I Introduce My New Partner To My Children?

As I entered the world of dating, I became worried about how I would involve my children in the idea of dating. Everything seemed very cut and dried. You either wait to introduce your children to your boyfriend or you don’t. My initial thoughts were that you should wait and that, if you don’t, well,…

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The Positives of 50/50 custody

The Positives of 50/50 Custody

For moms like me, the idea of 50/50 custody was too far from the norm. But there are many positives if you’re open to seeing them. Many women stay in relationships long past their expiration dates. Of course, you can always see it in someone else’s relationship. In your own relationship, well, hindsight is 20/20.…

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DIY Divorce Advice

Divorce Advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer

Divorce Advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer Where do you turn to for divorce advice when you’re doing it yourself? In the United Kingdom, legal professionals may be either solicitors or barristers. Solicitors provide legal advice and support to their clients. They prepare paperwork and negotiate matters for their clients. While some may represent their clients in…

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Online Dating After Divorce

When a person gets divorced, there is a pendulum of emotions that comes with accompanies the idea of dating. These emotions are based on many things. For example, what type of marriage you had, what type of divorce you had, if you have children, how old they are, how much time has passed since you…

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same sex adoption in Florida

Five Facts You May Not Know About Same Sex Adoption In Florida

In 2010, Florida’s Third District Held the Law Banning LBGT Adoption Unconstitutional. In 1977, Florida’s legislature banned same sex marriage and adoption. The Florida statute was the only one in the country to explicitly ban gay men and lesbians from adopting children. This thirty-three-year-old law was repealed in 2010, making Florida the last state to…

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The Collaborative Law of the Few

Creating Our Collaborative Tipping Point: How to Exercise the Law of the Few.  The Law of the Few is the idea that 80% of the work will be performed by 20% of the participants. So what does the “Law of the Few” have to do with the collaborative community? I’m glad you asked.  That’s where…

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Be Careful What You Say During The Courtroom Divorce Process.

Don’t Tell Your Clients Anything You Don’t Want to be Repeated. Courtroom divorce proceedings are stressful enough without personal attacks between attorneys. My client was the wife in a hotly contested divorce that I had inherited from another attorney. Her franchise attorney had referred her to me, specifically in the hope “you can get this…

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Why Create a Collaborative Mission Statement?

A mission statement provides direction, focus, and accountability, not just for you, but for your team. While mission statements are most commonly utilized by businesses to guide employees in the goals and ideals of the business, a mission statement will also be useful in a collaborative leader’s personal life to remind you of what is…

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The Seasons of Relationships

“There are many seasons in all relationships. Some are easy to get through; some you have to push through.” Here in Florida, we are in the middle of what is known as “Hurricane Season.” Six months of the year, we must be prepared for a hurricane to sweep through our community. Some years, there are…

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