Category Archives: Collaborative Divorce

What Happens in Divorce Litigation

By Brad Pawlowski, JD Many families go through “traditional” divorce litigation. It’s familiar, it’s common and it’s what most people know as their only choice when they need to get divorced. What many people don’t know, however, is how many bad things that can happen from litigation. Divorce litigation’s “bad things” all stem from a […]

Trying to divorce during COVID-19: How do you live with someone you no longer want to spend your life with?

By Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum Maybe you have been thinking about getting divorced, or have already made the decision to divorce right before the pandemic hit. Maybe your divorce is already in the works, but everything has been put on hold. If you were the one who initiated the divorce, your level of frustration or anxiety […]

Five Ways the Collaborative Process Gives You Greater Control Over Your Divorce Than Traditional Litigation

By Marie Sarantakis, Esq. Couples going through a divorce are often dealing with a great deal of stress. They are navigating several life changes all at once and often do not understand the legal options available to them. Many spouses think that once they’ve decided that they are going to separate, there is only one […]

Can I participate in Collaborative Divorce if I am a victim of domestic violence?

By Nanette McCarthy Principal Partner – Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP If you are considering divorce or have already started in the divorce process, you probably know the COVID-19 pandemic virus has affected the court system. While the courts are doing their best to adjust, many cases previously set for status, hearing, or trial have […]

You Are Not Alone

By Brenda Bridges, CDFA Sheltering in place can lead to feeling pretty alone and isolated. That sense of being alone and separate can also happen during the divorce process, layering on to what is already an emotional process, and it can be a scary time. Working with a Collaborative Divorce team, our clients get help […]

The Many Advantages of Choosing to Divorce Collaboratively

By Ellene Lammers, LCSW When clients are deciding on which process to choose for their divorce, collaboration can seem daunting due to the costs involved. Collaborative divorce is a team approach to divorce. Each client has his/her own attorney. There is one financial neutral, and depending on the case, one or two coaches. The attorneys […]

Why Teamwork is So Important in the Collaborative Process

By Ellene Lammers, LCSW Collaborative Divorce is a “newer” approach to divorce. It is newer because many people have never heard of it and have no idea about it’s many advantages, although it has been a process option for divorcing couples in Illinois for quite some time. Collaborative is a team approach to the divorce […]

Marriage Story Movie is an Advertisement for a Collaborative Divorce

By Patrick Markey, JD The movie, A Marriage Story, was recently released on Netflix and has received a lot of attention from critics and movie fans. Please watch the movie before reading this post if you are concerned about spoilers. The movie follows a married couple with an eight-year-old son going to through a coast […]

Trust and the Divorce Process

By Jennifer Cunningham Beeler, JD Hiding a credit card receipt. Finding another empty bottle of vodka in the back of a cabinet. Deleting that text message. Such small things. Yet those small things pierce the heart, and are sometimes the irreparable crack in the foundation of a marriage. So why would anyone want to sit […]