Family Law

Divorce Advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer

DIY Divorce Advice

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

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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 This thirty-three-year-old law was repealed in 2010, making Florida the last state to…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

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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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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: #3 Talking Trash

MISTAKE #3 – TALKING TRASH You may feel you must vent about your issues with the ex. Sometimes talking trash may just slip. If it does, beware “the natural and logical consequences.” NEVER trash your ex to your kids. It will hurt you in family court, if you insist on going there. And it will certainly…

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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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Co-Parenting… With Your Ex?

I recently received a call from someone I originally met on HARO (Help a Reporter Out). Her editor had assigned her the task of answering a series of questions about “co-parenting after the romance is over.”   What are the most common reasons that adults with children are getting divorced these days, or separating, if…

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Holding Hands and Helping Clients

I was going through my firm’s old files the other day when I came across a thank-you note written by a former client. I am a paralegal at Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm  and work with attorney Adam B. Cordover. The client thanks both Adam and me in the note, and, although I am…

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Yelling “Fire!” in a Crowded Movie Theatre

You’ve been waiting for this movie to come out. Finally, it does. You buy your overpriced tickets on-line; you show up early to get a good seat; you pay a fortune for popcorn; you watch endless coming attractions. Finally, the feature begins. Sooner or later, you realize it’s awful. You wait for it to improve,…

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The Thank-You Note

You have all heard of a “marriage of convenience?” This is a term that originated in medieval times. It refers to a marriage contracted for motives other than the reasons of relationship, family, or love. Instead, such a marriage is orchestrated for personal gain or some other sort of strategic purpose, such as for political…

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