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Sideswiped

The following “story” is not make-believe. I only cut-and-pasted a series of e-mails I received late last year from a former divorce client. I’ve added no embellishments and I’ve only edited to 1) remove real names and replace them with pseudonyms; and 2) make it easier for you to read. When you finish with this …

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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 …

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 This thirty-three-year-old law was repealed in 2010, making Florida the last state to …

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Hairstylists, Cosmetologists, and Collaborative Law

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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