Collaborative Divorce

Monday, March 19, 2018

Would You Pass China's Divorce Test?

Could divorcing couples in the U.S. learn something from their peers in China? Perhaps. Recently, Xi'an's Weiyang district have instituted a mandatory divorce test that couples must take before before being granted divorce papers to take to court. 

What do Chinese judges want to know? Their questions may be different than you think.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Five Steps To Finding Your Ideal Divorce Attorney

Hiring a divorce attorney is a process that most people aren’t prepared for until they are faced with the task. Divorce is one of life’s most stressful events, and making decisions while under duress can lead to less than wise choices. So how do you determine the best person to represent you and your interests?

First, take a deep breath. Selecting a family law specialist is an important decision and shouldn’t be made in haste. These five steps break down the process and can help you make an informed choice.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Taxing Matters: Reform Means Future Change for Divorced Couples

When you’re going through a divorce, one of the last things you probably consider is how it will impact your annual income tax. But understanding the basic tax consequences can help you plan accordingly — and eliminate an unpleasant surprise down the road.

Although you should always consult with a certified public accountant (CPA) or tax expert for tax-related questions, the following is a brief summary from the San Francisco Business Times of how the recent tax reform may affect you.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ring Tones: What should you do with your marriage bands after you divorce?

Your engagement ring and/or wedding band are often the first outward symbols of commitment to your partner. But when uncoupling, dispensing of that marital bling may be the last thing you consider — and one of the hardest to reconcile. For many men and women, taking off that band is the first step towards accepting a new chapter in their lives.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Worth A Thousand Words

A family photo goes viral as it recasts divorce stereotypes

There’s a photo on Facebook that’s becoming famous. It depicts a beautiful Mom and a handsome Dad and a cute little boy. They sit close together, grinning from ear to ear, the boy proudly wedged between them. The photo of Victoria Baldwin, Adam Dyson and their son Bruce looks just like a million other family portraits. But, actually, there’s something very unique about this picture.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When Should I Talk to an Attorney?

Taking action doesn’t have to signal divorce. It means taking charge of your life.

For most people, divorce is a difficult decision that comes after a period (often years, even decades) of unhappy marriage. Even still, the act of meeting with a divorce attorney can feel overwhelming. For many, that meeting symbolizes the end of the relationship — or the demise of an ideal. In fact, meeting with a knowledgeable attorney can be the beginning of a new start — whether you decide to divorce or not.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Divorce & Child Custody: It Doesn't Have to be Scored Earth

Adversarial and litigious divorces can be extended and prolonged psychological and financial battles.  Depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, guilt and shame are all too common.  However, a growing trend in divorce practice, and especially here in Alabama, approaches a divorce proceeding in a rational, civil and ultimately, mutually beneficial manner for both parties – Collaborative Divorce.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Learn More about Our Collaborative Divorce Practice in B-Metro

When we decided to come together and create a new family law firm in 2013, we knew there was a dire need for an alternative to the contentious way divorce is handled today. As family law attorneys, we’ve been in the trenches with families divided by conflict and strife, and know how damaging the process can be to a family.

That is why we champion collaborative divorce - as a way to offer a better solution to couples going through difficult times, without the stress and acrimony normally associated with a divorce.

As explained in this piece from B-Metro on our practice, collaborative divorce was not always available in Alabama. It took a concerted grassroots effort from our team and other professionals in the state to bring collaborative divorce to Alabama, an effort that involved a lot of education – education that is still ongoing.

Now, however, our clients can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to divorce that features support from a wide variety of resources, including mental health and financial professionals, to solve difficult problems for families. Respect, patience, and cooperation are what drive our approach, and our goal of creating better relationships is our foundation.

Read more about our approach to divorce and family law in B-Metro and contact us if you have any questions about the divorce process. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Top Reasons Why Marriages End in Divorce, According to Divorce Attorneys

Why do marriages break up? What causes couples to decide to go their separate ways?

Although the reasons vary and explanations are seldom simple, recent research suggests there are some common themes in failed marriages.

A British survey recently reported in Huffington Post revealed a sobering statistic: the average couple spends more than two years considering divorce before proceeding with one. (On a positive note, 76 percent of those people surveyed made the effort to resolve their differences and fix the marriage before pursuing divorce.)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Seeking a Divorce and Hiring a Divorce Lawyer? Questions You Should Answer First

By now, any married couple – or couple contemplating marriage – has heard the oft-quoted statistic that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Whether or not that statistic is accurate, it is certainly indicative of how pervasive divorce is in our society.

Deciding whether your marriage is worth saving is one of the most challenging and trying decisions you will ever have to make. Before you conclude that divorce is your best option and hire a divorce lawyer, ask yourself these questions first.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Consult With A Lawyer Before You File For Divorce

Individuals contemplating divorce can make serious mistakes in how they go about ending their marriage. Sometimes they make promises about what they are willing to do in a divorce settlement without first consulting with a lawyer. This can be incredibly unwise! Even if those promises are not in writing, your spouse will not forget the conversation. If you learn later that you cannot or should not keep your promises, you may end up turning your divorce into a long drawn-out nightmare.

Keep in mind that information on the web can be misleading, outdated and flat out false. Consult with a lawyer that specializes in family law, and arm yourself with accurate information about your rights before undertaking negotiations that could significantly impact your future.

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