Category Archives: Collaborative Divorce

Divorce Options: Three Approaches for Couples

By Anna Krolikowska, JD Divorce is rarely easy. When most people think of divorce they imagine protracted fighting between the couple and between the lawyers. While many divorces are hard-fought some are not. A couple working through a divorce may find that this is one of the hardest, most trying experiences of their adult life. […]

3 Mental Shifts to Make to Help You Prepare Your Child for Divorce

By Ann Cerney, MS, LCPC Ahhh, the sweetness of your child. Never in your wildest dreams did you believe you’d fall so helplessly in love and feel such fierce protectiveness over a dependent little human. But that you did. And, now, as you are facing divorce, this child, or children, is at the very top […]

Healthy Divorce: How Collaborative Divorce May Be The Healthiest Way To Divorce

By Margaret Zuleger, JD Nobody can say divorce is good for your health, but Collaborative Divorce may be the healthiest way to go through a divorce. Scientific research confirms that stress is bad for our health. Stress raises your cortisol levels, and elevated cortisol levels create inflammation which is known to be the cause of […]

Collaborative Divorces Use Experts in Efficient, Neutral Way

By Rachel Moore, JD Collaborative Process divorces can involve experts from various fields in an efficient and unbiased way. The use of experts can give divorcing individuals a sense of security that they are making the right decisions to reach the best possible agreement. Some people worry that their case is too complicated to be […]

What Is Collaborative Divorce?

By Miriam Cooper, JD What if there was a way to go through a divorce that was calm, efficient and expedient? Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not. Illinois recently legally recognized a long-practiced type of divorce called Collaborative Divorce. What is Collaborative Divorce? As of January 1, 2018, there is a […]

The Collaborative Process is the Best Option for Parents

Collaborative Process is the Best Option for Parents

By Rachel Moore, JD As a mom, I always want to do what is best for my daughter. And I know that other parents do too. But as a parent, you don’t always know what “the best” is or where to start to even figure it out. As they say, children don’t come with instruction […]

Collaborative Process and the Obligations of Lawyers As “Public Citizens”

Amicable Divorce

by Sandra Crawford, JD, Mediator and Collaborative Professional For a legal dispute to be called a “Collaborative Process” each party must commit to retaining a counter-part lawyer who agrees to work under a signed Confidential Collaborative Participation Agreement as a “team” with the clients and collateral professionals required my the issues presented by the dispute. […]