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February 18, 2016

Advocating for Children in the Collaborative Process

In advance of the 9th Annual Collaborative Law Course presented by the State Bar of Texas, we spoke to Carie P. Mack, an Allen-based collaboratively-trained family lawyer and co-presenter of the session titled “Advocating for Children in the Collaborative Process,” to learn more about the information she’ll be sharing with other Texas collaborative professionals. What [...]

February 8, 2016

The Collaborative Law Spring Conference: Can I Count You In?

This article is from Honey Sheff, a Dallas-based mental health professional, a board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, and the director of this year’s 9th Annual Collaborative Law Course (Understanding Collaborative Divorce Inside & Out – More Than Just the Process), co-sponsored by the State Bar Collaborative Law Section and the Collaborative [...]

January 13, 2016

Give Peace a Chance

This article is from Carol Mapp, a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas member and Arlington-based mental health professional with Integrated Healthworks. The day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King is right around the corner. I am reminded of one of his many quotes about peace; one of my favorites is: “Peace is not merely a distant [...]

January 4, 2016

10 Co-Parenting New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

This article is from Syd Sharples, an Austin-based mental health professional who specializes in psychotherapy and collaborative facilitation, and past president for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.  I just spent the holidays with my daughter and her father. I think I would probably have preferred a month-long defensive driving class to the holidays with [...]

December 29, 2015

Christmas, Then New Year’s, Then Divorce?

If you pay any attention at all to news stories around divorce, you’re aware that the holiday season usually brings at least one article about how unhappy couples, determined to stay together through the end of the year, make plans to divorce once the New Year arrives. The expense and stress of the holidays prove [...]

December 19, 2015

A Case Against Holiday Time-Sharing for Divorced Parents

A standard parenting scheduling in Texas splits up the three major holidays of the holiday season: it gives one parent Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day with the children on even years and Christmas on odd years, and the other parent gets the reverse schedule. For the parent getting the children during Christmas, it’s actually a [...]

December 14, 2015

What to Do (and What Not to Do) With Children During Your Divorce

We happened upon an excellent blog article recently from the Brazos Valley Collaborative Divorce Alliance, a group of collaborative divorce professionals based in College Station. We recently covered the impact of divorce on children, which was a big topic at the latest International Association of Collaborative Professionals conference, but the article from our friends in [...]

November 18, 2015

“Find Your New Normal” This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is next week, and you’ve probably noticed that some stores are already piping in holiday music and pointing visitors to Christmas presents. (You’ve also probably noticed new cups at Starbucks that may or may not be festive enough for some people’s liking, but that’s another topic for another day [...]

November 6, 2015

Taking Pro Bono Collaborative Law Statewide

This blog article is from Norma Trusch, a Houston-based collaborative family lawyer and longtime proponent of collaborative law. This is a preview of an article appearing in the upcoming edition of Roadmap, the  Collaborative Institute of Texas newsletter. Like many of you, I have long felt that our wonderful collaborative law process should be made available [...]

October 26, 2015

Gauging the Impact of Conflict on Children in Divorce

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas President-Elect Camille Milner, while attending the 2015 IACP Conference earlier this month, was inspired by keynote speaker Donna Hicks to write a blog article from the road. Titled “The Impact of Conflict on Children,” the article looks at how children are impacted psychologically by their parents’ fights, the similarities between [...]

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