Why I like Collaborative Divorce so much…

I just started another Collaborative Divorce Case yesterday (meaning that we had the first four-way meeting with another attorney and her client).  It was another shining example of why Collaborative Divorce is such a great thing for clients that are willing to work with one another to resolve their case with less stress and pain […]

What is the true “cost” of Divorce?

The more people/clients I talk to, the more frustrated I become at the heart-wrenching stories of individuals who have been exposed to the “traditional” methods of divorce.  By traditional, I mean divorcing couples who seek out attorneys that will “fight for their rights” to make sure they get the best deal in the divorce, even […]

How to pay for two households after you separate

So you’ve decided to separate from your spouse, but you’re not sure how you can afford to pay for two households on the money that you and your spouse currently make.  Here are some ideas for how to be more frugal, but still live comfortably…  (Thanks to the Maine Divorce Law Blog for giving me […]

No Court Divorce: Less Stress, Happier Kids… a better way

Yesterday morning I attended a “calendar call” in a domestic relations courtroom in Wake County.  This is a scheduled court appearance for every attorney and litigant that has a hearing or trial scheduled in front of that particular judge for the entire week.  It is an opportunity for the judge to call each case and […]

New York is last state to allow “no-fault” divorce

Gov. David Paterson has signed into law a bill allowing for “no-fault” divorce in New York State.  New York was the last state in the union to allow for such a divorce.  Under the new law, as long as one couple claims that the marriage has been “irretrievably broken” for at least 6 months, the […]

What is Divorce Mediation – Does the North Carolina method work?

I didn’t realize until I had moved to North Carolina and reopened my family law practice here just how many meanings there are to the word mediation.  Lets start with a basic definition – a mediation is a form of non-binding dispute resolution where the parties meet with a neutral mediator to help them resolve […]

Who Says Family Law has to be just about People?

Ok, so I just finished up a week and a half of posts on how to prepare for divorce.  Today, I’d like to take a lighter approach and share a feel-good story about a Momma Cat that adopted a baby squirrel. Check out the full story on CNN here.  My wife and I are vegetarians […]

Preparing for Divorce – The Final Tip: Be Good!

This is the last in a series of blog posts I have written during the past several weeks on how to prepare for divorce and separation.  Today’s tip focuses on the practical – be on your best behavior while going through the middle of a divorce.  Whether you are considering a collaborative divorce, or a […]