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September 16, 2014

How Divorced Parents Are Like Married Parents

Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a fantastic, must-read article by Robert E. Emery titled “How Divorced Parents Lost Their Rights.” The premise of the article was that the legal system treat divorced parents differently than married parents, despite the increasing number of children in the United States who have divorced parents. These [...]

August 26, 2014

Contractual Alimony: A Powerful Tool in Settling Estates

This article is from Richard D. Soat, a San Antonio-based financial professional with BDO (a professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services) and a board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. Typically, we think of alimony as something that an ex-spouse pays to another ex-spouse to help her (or [...]

August 25, 2014

Seven Years Later, This American Life Segment on Collaborative Law Still Relevant

This article is written by S. Camille Milner, a Denton-based collaborative lawyer and the current Vice-President of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas’ board. Yesterday marked the seven-year anniversary of the original broadcast of this episode about the separation and divorce on the National Public Radio program This American Life with host Ira Glass. Two [...]

August 19, 2014

New York Firm Offers Its Take on Advantages of Collaborative Divorce

In the past, we’ve offered up a number of ways to look at collaborative divorce vs. a traditional courtroom divorce, including this list which lives on the main Collaborative Law Institute of Texas website. There’s a slightly different take on the advantages of collaborative divorce on this site from New York-based law firm Berkman Bottger [...]

August 12, 2014

Harry Tindall Wins 2014 Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award

The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas has awarded its 2nd ever Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award to Harry Tindall, the Houston-based lawyer and longtime collaborative law advocate, who helped lead lobbying efforts to make Texas the first state to adopt a collaborative law statute. The award is the latest honor for Tindall, who began [...]

August 8, 2014

San Antonio Lawyers Appear On Texas Public Radio

Earlier this week, the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Family Law Conference converged on San Antonio for its 40th annual edition, and as we mentioned in an earlier blog article, featured a special half-day session on collaborative law for family lawyers. To help explain collaborative law (as well as why so many family lawyers make [...]

July 31, 2014

CLI-TX Members Leading Workshops at State’s Premier Family Law Conference Next Week

Collaborative law has gained a greater profile in recent years in Texas family law circles, including gaining its own section in the State Bar of Texas and being included in the programming for the state’s largest annual conference for family lawyers. That tradition continues this year at the State Bar of Texas’ 40th annual Advanced [...]

July 16, 2014

Helping You Find Options: Why a Financial Planner Can Help You Divorce Smarter

This article is from Richard D. Soat, a San Antonio-based financial professional with BDO (a professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services) and a board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. When it comes to divorce, many people lead with their hearts and not their heads, and it’s easy [...]

July 7, 2014

Two Austin Collaborative Law Experts Quoted in Austin American-Statesman Article on Kids and Divorce

The Austin American-Statesman wrote an excellent article on children and divorce which came out this past Friday, and author Nicole Villalpando included a past and present Collaborative Law Institute of Texas president — lawyer Kris Algert and mental health professional Syd Sharples — in the article. Algert had some great advice regarding divorce in general [...]

June 30, 2014

Syd Sharples Featured in Austin Family on Summer Co-Parenting

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas president Syd Sharples was just featured as a guest author in Austin Family — based on earlier work she’s done on this blog, she’s just published an article giving divorced parents tips for how to navigate summer schedules and activities. As she notes in the article, summer can be a [...]

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