Collaborative Divorce: What if My Spouse is Crazy?

By Melinda Eitzen What if he’s crazy, or angry or not trustworthy? Is collaborative approach to divorce possible or advisable?  In my practice I have heard certain accusations repeatedly for 24 years, clients telling me that their spouse is “crazy”, “a narcissist”,...

Five Types of Married Couples

By Harry Munsinger, J.D., Ph.D. Based on numerous studies of how married couples interact, John Gottman has sorted couples into five types: Validating, Volatile, Conflict-Avoiding, Hostile, and Hostile–Detached.  Validating, Volatile, and Conflict-Avoiding couples are...

Child Custody Plans

By Carie Silvestri One of the advantages of both mediation and the collaborative divorce process is that parents have the flexibility to create a custody schedule that works best for their children, their family, and their unique circumstances.  While parents can come...

Differences Between a Therapist and a Child Specialist

By Carie Silvestri While a therapist and a child specialist are both mental health professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the children affected by a divorce, there are some significant differences in their roles during the divorce process.  ...

Advocating for Children in the Collaborative Divorce Process

By Carie Silvestri While divorce is often the best choice for everyone involved, including the children, the impact on them is undeniable. They are the ones who had no say in the decision, the ones who shuttle back and forth between houses and live out of a suitcase. ...

Settlement Options

By Carie Silvestri Whether the parties are in mediation or the collaborative divorce process, the goal is to reach an agreement outside the courtroom.  What does that look like?  The short answer is, it depends.  Ideally, at the end of the day you walk away with an...

Attorney Checklist for Mediation

By Carie Silvestri One of the single most frustrating things for mediators is when the parties arrive at mediation without being prepared.  They don’t have the necessary documentation, or the information is out-of-date.  Come to mediation with whatever you need to...

What Mediators Need to Know Prior to Mediation Day

By Carie Silvestri Monday I talked about the importance of preparing clients for mediation, but there are also things the mediator needs to know ahead of time to be appropriately prepared for mediation.  Oftentimes, the mediator has no idea until the parties walk in...

Preparing Your Client for Mediation

By Carie Silvestri Welcome to “Mediation Month” here on my blog. Over the last few months, I’ve addressed what individuals need to know about mediation—what it is and how it’s different from litigation and collaborative divorce.  As a mediator, I see issues that come...
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