Making Sense of Those Divorce Legal Forms

The Petition Opens a file: Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage (divorce) simply opens a file at the courthouse and gives you a file number to use in the future.  Nothing else will ever happen if no one files anything further.  In fact, the court is obligated...

Divorce – What if I don’t trust my spouse?

You can still divorce in a non-adversarial, less toxic way even though all trust between you and your partner/spouse is damaged or even completely gone.  How can this possibly work?  A Collaborative Divorce is the answer. Look for Collaboratively trained family law...

What Is So Important about a Budget in a Divorce?

One of your most essential tasks in a divorce mediation or a Collaborative divorce is to prepare a summary of your expenses, which we will call your budget.  A budget by its very nature is only an estimate, or projection, of future income and expenses.  Past...

Gray Divorce – “Why Did You Leave Grandpa?”

The Melinda and Bill Gates’ divorce is currently making headlines, with some speculation as to “why,” but mostly because of the complexity of the division of their enormous wealth within their foundations. Our attention as divorce professionals however is...

How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Separation or Divorce

10 tips to help you organize and prepare yourself for a difficult conversation: telling your spouse. One of the first questions I get from people who consult with me is “How do I tell my spouse?”  Even if you believe your spouse sees it coming (or should have...