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How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 1

GUEST BLOG – Audra Holbeck, JD Attorney, Holbeck Law Office Original Post September 2016 – Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota VORTEX: 1) a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it towards its center; or 2) a place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that it surrounds, and

The Role of the Lawyer Revisted

The role of lawyers in collaborative cases is markedly different than the role of lawyers in traditional divorce representation. Traditional divorce process severs a family and imposes adversarial goals on clients: each lawyer is obligated to advocate only his or her own client’s position and the goal is to do whatever it takes to

Tax Implications of Children & Divorce

This time of year, many of us are thinking about taxes. It can be tough for anyone but even more challenging if you’re going through a divorce. Not only do the financial outcomes of a divorce have a lasting impact on one’s family, but more specifically, the financial outcome itself depends quite a bit

Divorce in the LGBTQ Community

With the legalization of same-sex marriage has come the need for same-sex divorce. Although the process by which an LGBTQ couple divorces is substantially similar to their heterosexual counterparts, there are a few unique legal issues that specifically impact the LGBTQ community. Determining the Date of the Marriage As we begin 2017, Wisconsin has

Collaborative Divorce in a Nutshell

For those of you who, like myself, want bullet-point, clear and concise answers to your questions, here it is: “a nutshell” description of what it means to engage in a “collaborative divorce” and what it means to have a “collaborative attorney.” What:  Very simply, the collaborative divorce process is a way to resolve your

Tis the Season: Managing Holidays and Parent Separation

Separation and divorce are often stressful for parents, and learning how to adjust to new routines and traditions can be especially challenging.  Further, parents commonly struggle to figure out how to share their children’s time between households; the emotions tied to many family holidays can make difficult decisions even harder. Many parents aim to

What is a “Good” Parenting Plan?

Working as a child specialist, divorce coach, and mediator both in and out of the Collaborative process for the last 15 years, I have seen a LOT of parenting plans. During this time, I have come to feel more strongly about the importance of the flexibility in parenting plans. It is vital that parents

Collaborative Divorce or Mediation?

Couples who want to divorce each other respectfully often fear that bringing two lawyers into the mix will turn a quiet breakup into World War III. In recent years, some Wisconsin attorneys have expanded their practices to include divorce mediation services. When a lawyer mediates a divorce, the lawyer can give legal information to

Welcome to Wisconsin Collab+Blog

Happy fall and welcome to the CFLCW blog – Wisconsin Collab+Blog! Autumn is often associated with new beginnings, as it is back-to-school time, and we are excited to launch this new platform.  Our goal is to provide more information about Collaborative practice and divorce.  Although the Collaborative model is increasingly utilized, a good portion