20 years ago, I had the opportunity to help bring a new process to Texas to resolve divorces – Collaborative Divorce. It was a breath of fresh air for caring, conscious lawyers who had been representing folks in divorce and other family law matters for years. We proceeded to provide trainings, forms, and practice procedures…

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Coaching is a process which strives to take a situation which is not working as well as it could and make it better.  It looks to the client to take responsibility for the outcome of the process and offers guides to help along the path.  This is not the normal view of the attorney client…

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What You Should do Before Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

Meeting with a divorce attorney is both an extremely stressful and extremely important event.  As with any other important event, you should prepare well for it. And in order to prepare, you need to know a little about what to expect. What to expect: Most family lawyers insist on an initial meeting in person, except…

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Unfortunately, family violence is too common in our world, and it shows up often in divorces.  As divorce professionals, it’s important to understand the different ways it reveals itself, and what can be done to deal with it. First, it’s important to understand what consists of “family violence” or “domestic violence”.  The Texas Family Code…

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Does Dad Always Get Visitation on Father’s Day? In Texas, the standard custody agreement gives mom time with the kids on Mother’s Day and dad gets them on Father’s Day (usually the entire weekend, but some orders deal only with the Sunday). Of course, not every agreement follows the standard, particularly if the parents don’t…

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I spent a recent May weekend at the Society of St. John the Evangelist monastery (part of the Episcopal church) in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a group of family lawyers from around the country (I know, it sounds like the beginning of a lawyer joke!). You’re probably wondering why a group of divorce attorneys spend 3-4…

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Divorce is often described as one of the most stressful events of any person’s life, right up there with the death of a loved one. And it is the “death” of a relationship which was initially intended to last a lifetime. Even for the spouse who has decided the relationship should be over, divorce can…

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Settlement of the Bezos divorce has been big news this month.  According to news reports, Jeff Bezos is to receive 75% of his and MacKenzie Bezos’ stock in Amazon. Her share of the stock is worth about $36 billion dollars, making her one of the wealthiest women in the world, at 48 years old. We…

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When Divorce Requires Litigation

When Litigation is Necessary A good, experienced family law attorney understands – and advises his clients – that the courthouse is the emergency room of the legal system. There are many ways to resolve issues that are much better for the “patients,” the clients, than going up against their spouse in front of a judge.…

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