Is Mediation a good alternative for us?
Mediation is a way of resolving a dispute with the help of an impartial person (the mediator). The neutral mediator helps both of you discuss personal concerns and, if...Read more
Is Collaborative Divorce right for you? Download your free knowledge kit quickly and easily.
This free information packet was created by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) as a tool to educate you both about...Read more
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I’m worried that my spouse might not be fair to me in the divorce process. How can we try to work together in a peaceful process but still make sure I...Read more
. . .why not just "ask the judge?"
Mediation is a confidential process for resolving disputes. A neutral professional mediator assists the parties to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of their issues. The mediator does not...Read more
Randall Poff, Collaborative Attorney and MediatorMost folks don’t want the typical (usually awful) American divorce. Instead, they want a respectful process that makes one of life’s hardest transitions as smooth...Read more
Collaborative Divorce Summaries:
A couple who had once been childhood sweethearts could not keep communication civil. Tensions increased as custodial issues regarding their five-year-old son arose. The breaking point for the couple led them to Collaborative...Read more
Collaborative Divorce Video
A safe place
Watch this recent video, Collaborative Divorce: A Safe Place, and follow the true-life story of one couple going through their own collaborative divorce.
Microsoft Silverlight required: A free web-browser plug-in that...Read more
Negotiation requires listening to different perspectives that often conflict with how we see ourselves and our world. This is feedback. It’s hard to give and hard to take.
Why is feedback so hard? Because of our insecurities.
Many family mediation matters are handled effectively by a single mediator, but there are also situations in which two professional heads working together are better than one.
Tonya Alexander, Collaborative Attorney &...Read more
Finances – Gather information on your monthly expenses, income, and cash flow needs on a monthly basis. To help with this task, there are free sites such as www.mint.com that can categorize spending and help...Read more
As obvious as they are, the elements of a constructive divorce become obstructed from view by the emotional intensity of the experience. It is all too easy to stop caring about what happens and start justifying...Read more
The idea of a "Children's' Bill of Rights" is not new (or legally enforceable). Rather, use this list as a reminder to keep the best interest of the children a top priority.
We the children of the divorcing...Read more
When you’re a child of divorce, holiday celebrations can come with a lot of baggage.
Check out this "first-person" article about new Thanksgiving "traditions."
"On a holiday devoted to gratitude, it makes sense to let...Read more
Your Bridges' professionals took Veterans' Day away from their offices to honor vets and learn from and with about forty local collaborating professionals. We spent the day engaged and engaging with our peers.
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The "divorce coach" is unique to collaborative law.
A divorce coach is a mental health professional – often a psychologist or an LCSW – who assists the client to effectively move through the divorce. There is...Read more
Robin Williams (1951-2014) demonstrates CONFLICT with his Sesame Street friends
Collaborative Divorce is so much more than simply negotiating out-of-court. Robin Williams used the collaborative divorce process and is said to have maintained an outstanding relationship...Read more
T. Boone Pickens was one of the featured presenters at a collaborative law conference in Texas.
Following his talk with the group, he gave an entertaining and enlightening interview to the Dallas Business Journal — it’s written...Read more
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