Posts Tagged ‘family lawyer’

The Opposing Counsel

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It’s a funny thing about collaborative cases; we trial lawyers are so accustomed to our secret language that it turns out collaborative practice is not just about making the paradigm shift in our attitudes, but it’s also about making that adjustment in the very language we use when we discuss our cases. Our special shorthand,…

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Senate Bill 972: The “Family Law Process Act”

Senate Bill 972, the “Family Law Process Act,” has cleared its first committee in the Florida Senate. It will hopefully pass this summer and officially take effect on July 1, 2016. The Act facilitates an alternate dispute resolution process, collaborative divorce, which allows couples to separate or end their marriages without submitting their dispute to…

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First Comes Love, Then Comes…What?

For those of us who care about the nature of human relationships in an age when the complexities of both building and also restructuring them can seem overwhelming, this article from The Economist is a must-read. Although filled with a plethora of information, it raises more questions than it answers. Where is the institution of marriage headed?…

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13 Ways To Save Your Relationship

  You’ve heard people say that divorce lawyers instill fear, anger, and conflict because it “keeps the money stream flowing”. That’s not the Open Palm Way. Here are 13 helpful relationship tips to help prevent divorce directly from the Open Palm Law experts that handle a couple’s marital issues: (1) Understand that marriage is hard…

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The New Year is Here!

If your New Year’s Resolution was to get a divorce, do it peacefully; Collaborate! Divorce filings are historically low for the month of December due to parties not wanting to disrupt this time of year for their children. You felt the same way; you kept the peace through the holidays but now it is time…

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Hope for the Holidays Despite Divorce

There’s hope this year if you choose collaborative law to handle your separation. The holidays are upon us; soon it will be a new year. You have shelved the topic of divorce in order to keep the holidays peaceful for your family and friends but now it’s time to take a deep breath, and start…

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I’ve been served!

We’ve all watched legal TC shows and seen the process server knock on the door and announce dramatically, “you’ve been served!” while thrusting a sheaf of paperwork at the defendant. I’m a family lawyer, so, like most attorneys, I know that I never want to sue or be sued. I know better than to “go…

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Why Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce Services?

I have always been a trial lawyer.  (Well, since law school anyway!)  And I am, among other things, a family lawyer.  So, in the old days, I offered free divorces because it was an easy way for me to give back.  But after I spent a couple of years volunteering like this, I became dis-enamored with the…

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