Unbundling Collaborative Divorce Myths

The Role of Myths in Assessing Readiness for Collaboration

Often the “elephant or the herd of elephants” in the room are the unspoken myths that exist regarding what the Collaborative Divorce Process is or is not. These myths lead to unrealistic expectations that, if not addressed, can eventually implode the Collaborative process. In this month’s TIPS we are going to unearth and unbundle some of those myths for you.

Myth #1: Because there is no Judge in the room to hold the client’s accountable, there is a myth that one client can take advantage of the other.

Truth: Despite not having a Judge, there are multiple professionals in the room and the primary focus of all of them is accountability. Each party has their own team, including their own attorney and coach. In addition, there is a financial neutral and, if children are involved, a neutral child specialist on the … Read More

Does Respect Have a Place in a Divorce?

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Respect in divorceThe anger and other emotions that are usually a part of divorce make it pretty hard to be respectful—Can the Collaborative Divorce Process enable the parties to find some level of respect for each other?

There are many metaphors people use to describe going through a divorce–one is the “leaver” and the other is the “leavee;” one is the windshield and the other is the bug; one is the bat and the other is the ball. There’s a lot of high emotion that’s flowing throughout a divorce; having the coaches in place really allows clients to deal with they must deal with in a constructive and productive manner. In stark contrast is the court system, where the clients must be ready to plow through on the court’s time schedule making decisions that they may not yet be in a good emotional place to be making.

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How Does Divorce Impact Children?

divorce's impact on kids

divorce's impact on kidsIf you ask any adult how their parents’ divorce affected them as children, you’ll get a sad story, even if it has been many years.

It is difficult for children of all ages when their family changes. Occasionally, when the level of conflict has been high, the divorce can come as a relief. More often, though, divorce is experienced by children as extremely stressful, with lots of powerful emotions swirling around in a confusing way.

There are many factors which make divorce stressful for children.

  1. Their parents are distracted by their own pain and the difficult decisions they need to make. This means that sometimes kids aren’t getting the attention they need.
  2. Children always assume that when their parent is feeling strongly it’s because they screwed up in some way. So, in addition to feeling sad, often kids feel vaguely guilty.
  3. Hearing their parents argue is scary for children, especially
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What You Can Learn in the Divorce Options Workshop

divorce optionsDivorce raises so many questions.

Divorce is hard, and it is one of the most painful times in anyone’s life. Fear about the future will tend to put your dreams and plans on hold. That fear though can be reduced if you take control of your divorce by learning more about your divorce options.  A Divorce Options Workshop is one of the best ways to begin learning what you don’t know about divorce and to help you decide what options might work best for you.

What You Can Learn in the Divorce Options Workshop

The Divorce Options Workshop gives you details of four different ways to go about getting your divorce.

Litigation (going to court).

This is the method that most people know about for handling a divorce. One spouse files a petition with the court seeking a divorce. Both spouses have a lawyer for themselves. Your lawyer represents … Read More

A happy client is a returning client if you offer more than Collaborative Divorce.

You’ve successfully negotiated the final Judgment in your client’s divorce which the Court has signed. What’s next? Are you off to seek another client or is there something else you can do for this client?

For a case study, see Annie’s story below:

Right after the divorce

Annie and Lee married in 1982 and split in 2010. During the marriage they had 2 children, both of whom are now adults. During the marriage, Lee worked as an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin.  Annie worked as head of marketing and public relations for McDonald’s.  At the time of filing, the parties agreed to waive spousal support, divide the assets equally and divide the attorney’s fees. They agreed that the matter would proceed by default. A judgment and accompanying documents were prepared and signed by the parties. At the time of the default prove-up, Lee had retired and was living outside the … Read More

How to Increase Divorce Options Attendance and Get Collaborative Cases

 

The Problem and the Solution

Mixed Results for Divorce Options Attendance

Divorce Options TrademarkDivorce Options (DO) workshops were developed by the Sacramento Collaborative group in association with CP Cal about 10 years ago.  The original intent was to position the Collaborative Divorce process as one of four primary divorce options- competitive with litigation, mediation and do-it-yourself divorce. DO workshop presenters have consistently commented that they feel that three hours with a seasoned attorney, mental health and financial professional for little or no cost is a real bargain.   Folks should be crowding in line to attend our DO workshops.  Indeed,  our workshops should be packed full each month.

But DO workshop attendance for many groups in California has been less than desired.  Presenter participation has dwindled over time.  Some groups are considering consolidating their DO efforts or presenting quarterly instead of monthly. Some are even discontinuing their workshops entirely.

Two practice groups

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Power and Empowerment: The Collaborative Child Specialist

By Bart J. Carey, Esq.

Bart Carey Collaborative Divorce Attorney

In speaking with a parent contemplating divorce, I always speak with the understanding that it is most likely the parents who best understand their children and what is best for themselves and the family. I assume parents are the best people to shepherd their children through life’s toughest challenges, including divorce.

Divorce is  a tough time for the whole family, parents and children – of all ages. It’s a crisis like they’ve never faced before, challenging their very identity as parents, children, family and each of their places/roles/futures in and as a family. But I also know, empowered to do so, parents will do their best to meet these challenges in consideration of the best interests of their children.

For these and many other reasons, I always assure parents I am confident, with the best advice and counsel available, they will make the best decisions Read More

Divorce Mortgage Advisors presenting Workshop at CP Cal Conference XIII

Come to CP Cal Conference XIII!

CP Cal Conference XIII, scheduled for April 27-29, 2018 in San Mateo, California, is getting closer.  Please join us at the conference for a workshop on “Divorce Mortgage Financing Strategies”, presented by Divorce Mortgage Advisors.

Register Now!

Divorce Mortgage Advisors

Divorce Mortgage Advisors was founded under the premise that family law professionals and their clients deserve expert guidance on how to achieve mortgage related goals within the divorce settlement process. The company’s co-founders, Ross Garcia, a Certified Divorce Lending Professional, and Jason Crowley, CFA, CFP, CDFA, bring a wealth of experience in divorce finance.

Divorce Mortgage Financing Strategies Workshop

In this presentation “Divorce Mortgage Financing Strategies”, Ross Garcia and Jason Crowley will address the common questions they receive about divorcing clients and their ability (or inability) to qualify for a mortgage pre- or post-settlement.

The up-front analysis that the company offers applies to all … Read More

Dividing Pensions in California Divorces: Not all Pensions are Created Equal

Beth McClelland expert on dividing a pension in California divorceBy Collaborative Practice California Board Member and Financial Specialist Beth McClelland, MBA, CDFA, CFP®

Dividing Pensions Is Not Necessarily Easy

It is wonderful to have a pension as part of the marital assets.  It’s very easy to think, “OK, we will split the marital portion of the pension in half, have someone create a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and go along our merry way.” Sounds good, but maybe not so easy. Your collaborative team will want to fully understand your pension before the plan to divide it and the QDRO is developed. QDRO’s require precise detailed legal language specific to the pension you are dividing. And they don’t happen automagically!

Hire a Collaborative Financial Specialist to Read the Pension Documents’ Fine Print

To start, it is not very exciting reading, but someone needs to read the pension documents and evaluate what is and is not possible. That probably should … Read More