At the time of a breakup, most of us really can use some empathy. But, what exactly is it? Here’s a short video explaining this concept. With the right help, we can sometimes find the empathy we need to heal, and even offer it to our partner. When we can do this, it really can help us leave some of the old, bad stuff behind as we work together to peacefully re-structure our … [Read more...] about The Power of Empathy
For young kiddos who are learning to tie their shoes and clean up their toys, talking about divorce can be a scary monster of a conversation. It’s tough for all involved, and you are not alone. Stats show that half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage. * As a … [Read more...] about How Can I Talk To My Kids About Divorce?
Understanding the specific differences between typical litigious family law (your standard courtroom divorce or back room settlement) and Collaborative Divorce requires a paradigm shift. The name seems obvious, yet people don’t realize that there is formal training and protocols that are involved. The most crucial piece is the disqualification of going to court… because if that’s on the … [Read more...] about Comparison of Collaborative Divorce to Litigation
I understand the desire to find the most affordable divorce process. I’ve been there. However, it’s really about much, much more than that. It’s about feeling like you’re in a team, in a partnership with your lawyer. I never recommend collaborative divorce because it’s much more affordable than litigation, although in my experience it always is. Instead, I always emphasize how … [Read more...] about How Much Does Divorce Cost?
In one of the most visible divorces in pop culture, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, maturely respect the needs of their children through collaborative divorce, even while in the spotlight. More often than not, traditional divorces are nasty, destructive and entrenched in deceptive legal maneuvering. For children, they are traumatic and lasting. Possibly the most appreciated outcome … [Read more...] about How Do I Help My Kids Through Divorce?
If you’re in search of an amicable divorce process, I think collaborative divorce is your best bet. I’ll be frank; an amicable divorce doesn’t mean an easy divorce. However, collaborative divorce will foster a more mature and constructive approach to splitting up a family. Instead of engaging in the typical two-sided warfare associated with the divorce process, we collectively … [Read more...] about What is Collaborative Divorce?
Do you need to… Resolve a family or workplace dispute?Avoid expensive court costs?Preserve the integrity and safety of your family during a divorce?Get help to develop your own fair and practical solutions to an ongoing conflict? I offer legal solutions to avoid the expense and pain of litigation: a different approach to resolving family and other disputes. People in conflict often … [Read more...] about Jim O’Connor, Mediator and Collaborative Law Practitioner