26 Apr, 2017

Help! Is My Attorney in Bed With My Ex’s Attorney?!

By | April 26th, 2017|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

On several occasions, I have been the incoming attorney where the client did not trust the attorney they initially retained, because they felt that attorney was in bed with their ex’s attorney, so to speak. They had observed the two attorneys — opposing counsel to one another on the given case — engage in overly friendly behavior and banter in the court hallways and overheard their attorney cutting deals and verbally committing to settlement agreements to the opposing counsel that they had not (more...)

11 Jul, 2016

There’s No Such Thing as a Gentlemen’s Agreement…and Then Some!

By | July 11th, 2016|Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

Often when couples first begin talking about divorce, they come up with their own agreement: “I'll take this, and you’ll take that…I’ll be responsible for this, and you’ll be responsible for that.” Sometimes, they recruit a mutual friend to play makeshift mediator, and then somewhat live under the terms of the agreement they contrive. However, this agreement is unenforceable, as it is usually either a gentleman’s agreement or one written, but not signed, notarized, and acknowledged in the manner required by the (more...)

20 Apr, 2016

How to Get What You Want in a Divorce

By | April 20th, 2016|Divorce Finances, Latest, Separation Agreements|

From the outset, I discuss with my clients what their bottom line is and what they are willing to negotiate on. Typically, in the beginning, the client wants everything but the kitchen sink. Over time, however, the way that bottom line ends up morphing is astounding, especially as the urgency to get relief from the situation envelops the client. Of course, the goal in litigation is to get the other side’s bottom line to morph towards you as much as possible. In (more...)

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