These are terms you may come across when you are trying to figure out a way for you and your spouse to avoid a courtroom, but is there a difference? Amicable and uncontested usually mean the same thing for most people. You plan on divorcing in some kind of cooperative fashion. You are maybe not sure exactly what process will work (mediation, Collaborative, or “kitchen table”/the … [Read more...] about Is there a difference between Amicable, Uncontested, and Collaborative Divorce?
There are some important things to remember about communicating with your spouse during your divorce. As a rule, if you are going to talk about important aspects of the divorce, do so in-person. If you do not have those important discussions in-person, there is the possibility of miscommunication or misunderstandings. Important decisions that need to be made include the parenting schedule, … [Read more...] about How to (and How Not to) Communicate During Divorce
For most people divorce is one of the scariest times in their life. Fear can cause someone to go to a litigation attorney and ramp up the animosity and expense of the divorce. Fear can cause someone to clear out a bank account. Someone may put a hold on different types of accounts, which in turn creates a fear in the other person about what their spouse may do next. Recently, I had a … [Read more...] about Divorce is a Scary Time
Here's an understatement: Divorce is expensive. Are kids in the picture? Are there a lot of assets to address? What about complicated retirement accounts, or some items that were owned prior to the divorce that might have been commingled? Do you think the process will become lengthy? If you have answered "yes" to any of these, then it is likely to add to the total cost of the divorce. Then … [Read more...] about Understanding the Cost of Divorce
The courthouses have limited availability in both Washington and Oregon, so if you want to get divorced any time soon, the best option is to work together. Collaborative, mediation, and other such cases will be the only ones who can finalize any time before May 2020. If you are interested in any of these out-of-court processes, we can help! For the foreseeable future, we have moved all of our … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Update
When someone consults an attorney about getting a divorce, anything that person tells the attorney is private and protected by the attorney-client privilege. However, any written document that is filed with the court is open to the public and readily discoverable by anyone, stranger or friend. In a Collaborative Divorce, your privacy is protected during the entire process. How Privacy is … [Read more...] about Maintaining Privacy During Divorce
Once a couple has made the decision to divorce, they have different options available. Which way that they go totally depends on their own personal situation. The Do-It-Yourself-Divorce A do-it-yourself-divorce is also known as the “kitchen table divorce.” The divorcing couple does all the paperwork themselves and files the documents with the court. This may work when a couple has … [Read more...] about Divorce Options- Four Ways to Divorce