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How The Disqualification Clause Makes the Collaborative Process Different

Disqualification is the basic tenet, the bedrock of Collaborative Divorce.  This clause states that if the Collaborative Process breaks down or is ended for any reason by any participant, the lawyers are disqualified from representing either spouse/partner in a litigated scenario (it also applies to the other professionals involved).  It is what makes the Collaborative Process different from mediation, attorney-driven settlement negotiations and cooperative approaches to dispute resolution.  

The way the Collaborative Process works is to move forward as if litigation is not a possibility.  As a lawyer, my mindset is completely different when I am working as a Collaborative Professional.  I am not discouraging my client from communicating with his or her spouse/partner.  I am not encouraging my client to demonize the other person to make the client look better in the eyes of the judge.  I am not thinking that a particular couple won’t find

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Lookout For Recalled Items

There were some pretty common items you may own that were recalled for various reasons over the last couple of months. I felt it was an important list to share with you because sometimes these notifications can slip through the cracks and can cause serious safety concerns. Here is a list of some items that have been recalled in the last few months:

Step-iT Activity Wristband Recalled by McDonald’s

34,000 Video Baby Monitors Recalled

Children’s Jewelry Recalled for Lead Standard Violation

82,000 Vehicles Recalled by Mitsubishi Due to Transmission Issues

Ford Issues Recall Affecting 88,000 Vehicles, Including All Police Interceptors Made Between 2013 and 2015

830,000 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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How Is Brexit Similar To Divorce?


Over the last few days, as the results of the British people’s referendum on whether to remain in the European Union (EU) or to leave the EU have become clear, there have been many comparisons to divorce and nasty divorce at that.  But is it a fair comparison?  Is it really a nasty divorce or merely a typical divorce, with all the normal feelings and emotions, the highs and lows that go with it?

First you have the spouse who is unhappy, unsatisfied or unwilling to continue with the relationship, for whatever reason, who breaks the news.  Often that spouse feels relief and some level of elation that they have taken the first step towards unwinding the relationship.  But then feelings of “what now” and “watch what you wish for” come into play, often causing some level of regret.  This is

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My Open Letter To Governor Scott

Dear Governor Scott,

I am writing to thank you for signing the Collaborative Law Act into law and for vetoing the current version of the Alimony Reform Bill, specifically the provision on the 50/50 time sharing presumption.  I believe both of these measures go a long way towards protecting Florida’s children and serving their families.  

 Representative Ritch Workman, one of the sponsors of the Alimony Reform Bill, is quoted as saying,

“The governor’s message is clear; we must tackle each issue in family law separately rather than lumping them all together.”  He goes on to say, “I am committed to reforming these issues.  Next session I intend to facilitate individual bills regarding alimony payments, child custody and other family law issues.  The system has long been in need of significant overall [change] and Florida families deserve consistency and fairness in their divorce proceedings.”

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How Your Children Learn From Divorce

   Many parents worry about divorce and how it will affect their children. While the process of divorce is painful for everyone in the family, it doesn't mean getting a divorce is a bad thing. One way the collaborative process is benefiting families is by allowing parents to set custody rules that are most beneficial to all. The custody of their children is NOT left up to a judge or third-party in the collaborative process. It is easy to point out how divorce can create negative feelings and emotions, but there is lots to be learned and things that can be gained from a divorce. In an article published by the Huffington Post, teens explain some of the positive things they took out of their parents divorces. The appreciation of happiness for their parents and the ability to have an even bigger family than before

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