Domestic Abuse

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

“Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.” Not all cases are appropriate for the collaborative model of dispute resolution. Some clients’ emotions (regardless of their sex, despite Congreve’s simile, above), are too intense to permit them to care about being fair. They can only see…

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Hairstylists, Cosmetologists, and Collaborative Law

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Illinois Shows Us How to Market Our Collaborative Practices. For years, I’ve preached that practitioners should work hard to ensure that all of their first responders are aware of the benefits of the collaborative divorce process. Now, the State of Illinois has recognized who some of those leading first responders are, and has taken steps…

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The 7 Biggest Divorce Mistakes: #4 Posting on Social Media

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WHY POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS A BAD IDEA DURING DIVORCE It’s very tempting to brag about your new life on social media before you’re even divorced to ensure that your ex knows that you’re over him or her. Don’t post anything that might be used against you! Details about the keg you finished all by yourself, comments…

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Twice The Victim

The following narrative describes a unique divorce case between a domestic abuse victim and her spouse. Here is Joryn’s Story – Diane was a petite brunette, who was thirty years old when we met; I don’t think she weighed 100 pounds. She brought her two small children with her to our appointment. My office is…

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A Tragic Ending: The Deadly Divorce

On June 29, 2016, Mickey Russell went to his wife’s office at Colorado Association for Recycling and shot her dead, and then turned the gun on himself. Cara Russell was the former mayor of Buena Vista, Colorado and a much-loved figure in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. She had recently filed for divorce, beginning her new career at…

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Domestic Violence Victims and The Collaborative Divorce Process

Many collaborative lawyers have informed me that they would never consider attempting the collaborative process if they are aware that there have been domestic violence incidents between the two spouses in question. That attitude strikes me as being close-minded. I can argue that most relationships punctuated by any domestic violence at all can be dissolved…

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