Beware the Trojan Horse

During negotiations, people oftentimes have a hierarchy of what's important to them. As a divorce attorney, you have to coach your clients to be wary of what they want versus what the other spouse wants to give them, because almost every scenario has its benefits and pitfalls. Consider these various potential Trojan Horses: Houses: Getting the house in a settlement is typically a big issue. Often, the spouse that wants the home perceives it as a security blanket because someone else had (more...)

May 18th, 2018|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Finances|

Divorcing XoXo Style

Any experienced matrimonial attorney who straddles the litigation and mediation spheres can attest to the general misconception that mediation is calm, smooth sailing, and hunky dory, while court cases are vicious and adversarial. This most definitely is NOT the case! At times, during mediation, spouses can be at each other's throats, while litigation cases may be quite untroubled and contained, especially with the help of skilled attorneys who can cut through the malarkey, and not take extreme and impractical positions that are (more...)

March 22nd, 2018|Divorce Mediation Process|

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The traditional “innocent until proven guilty” is often reversed in matrimonial cases. One side is intent on presenting the other side as some sort of shady character in order to gain an advantage. A lot of times, it’s used as a strategy, but the party making these accusations typically believes what they're saying. For example: Foreigners: Where parties are foreigners, there's the notion that what happens in their country of origin is not discoverable or discoverable with great cost and difficulty. A (more...)

February 27th, 2018|Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process|

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