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December 16, 2014

Avoiding Christmas Custody Games

This article is from Curtis Harrison, a partner with GoransonBain, PLLC, and the President-Elect for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas’ board. Christmas is finally here again. For millions of Americans, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. But if you are in the middle of a divorce or child-custody modification, you [...]

December 9, 2014

How to Get Your Finances in Order Before a Divorce

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. The opinions expressed on this site are Rick Soat’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of [...]

December 1, 2014

Preparing for More Difficult Collaborative Cases: What I Learned at the IACP Conference

This article was written by Dr. Honey Sheff, a Dallas-based mental health professional and a board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. I’ve recently returned from four days in Vancouver, Canada, where I attended the Annual Forum for IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals), and I’ve since have had time to process [...]

November 24, 2014

Spending the Holidays with Your Ex-Spouse

This article is from Syd Sharples, LCSW, the current president of The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and an Austin-based psychotherapist and collaborative divorce facilitator. You’ve just gotten divorced and darn if it isn’t holiday time. As with many post-divorce experiences, you’re faced with another first: how to spend holidays now that you’re a family [...]

November 18, 2014

The Children’s Bill of Rights in Divorce

When collaborative law proponents talk about its advantages — especially in comparing collaborative law to litigation — one of the most compelling talking point involves children. When a couple with children is working out its divorce in a collaborative setting, the parenting plan will be paramount in the discussions, and the couple will have exclusive [...]

November 13, 2014

How to Handle Sudden Wealth from a Divorce

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. The opinions expressed on this site are Rick Soat’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of [...]

October 31, 2014

A Helpful Illustration Showing What Collaborative Law Can Do

We ran across a fantastic article from Dallas-based family lawyer Larry Hance earlier this week. Hance is one of the first Texas lawyers to add collaborative law to his practice, and it’s still an important part of the work he’s doing at Hance Wickham P.C. The article recounts a story he heard at his first-ever [...]

October 28, 2014

Making Pro Bono Collaborative Law A Reality In Texas

This article is from Norma Levine Trusch, a Houston-based collaborative lawyer and former Collaborative Law Institute of Texas board member. Ever since the Texas legislature passed the Uniform Collaborative Family Law Act, I’ve been obsessed with making collaborative law available for low income couples. Thanks to Jack H. Emmott III and Alissa Ruben Gomez, this [...]

October 17, 2014

How Fast Does a Collaborative Divorce Move?

One question that comes up about collaborative law is, “How quickly can we reach a divorce?” As we were reminded, looking at an article on the subject from Fort Worth-based collaborative lawyer Dick Price’s excellent blog, it’s usually faster than litigation, but it might not be the get-divorced-quick solution some people want. He notes that [...]

October 10, 2014

Handling Insurance Needs After Divorce

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. The opinions expressed on this site are Rick Soat’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of [...]

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