Collaborative Law vs. Mediation

July 16, 2017 By Carie Silvestri Critics of collaborative divorce argue that the majority of cases settle before trial anyway, often at mediation, so why risk having to withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached?  Why would any lawyer sign an agreement compelling withdrawal from representation if the case ends up in… [read more]

How Collaborative Divorce Has Made Me A Better Lawyer

By Carie Silvestri It isn’t a touchy-feely job title: divorce attorney.  Law school training sets a certain scene: a courtroom, a winner, a loser. The attorney’s job is to find evidence of wrongdoing from the opponent and to form an argument to prove their client is innocent.  In this inherently adversarial process, attorneys do not… [read more]

College Students and Divorce

By Carol Mapp Much has been written about children and divorce. Divorcing or divorced parents of college-aged students may underestimate how this change in family circumstance affects their offspring. College students are not “immune” from effects of changes within the family unit, parents’ behaviors and expectations, or uncertainty regarding where they belong in their family post… [read more]

What Does Advocacy Look Like For The Attorney In The Collaborative Divorce Process?

By Jody Johnson Litigation and Collaborative Divorce models both involve significant negotiation. Most litigation cases end in a negotiated settlement prior to trial, but the negotiation is frequently under the pressure of looming deadlines, such as temporary hearings, depositions and other discovery deadlines, mediation, and the trial date. The court system is in control, negotiation… [read more]

Understanding Divorce Options

By Norma Trusch If you’ve come to the decision to divorce, you come to another important decision – how will you accomplish your goal? There are several roads leading to the termination of your marriage, and the one you choose can have a significant impact on your future and that of your family. Following are… [read more]


April 3rd, 2017 by Julie Quaid Most people are uncomfortable with and adverse to major life change.  This is human nature.  It is not surprising that when people face separation and impending divorce, they grapple with disorientation, disillusionment, and even outright fear.  With the reality of an uncertain future, vulnerable and off-kilter, perception is often… [read more]

What Exactly Is A “Credentialed Collaborative Professional”?

March 22nd, 2017 by Jody Johnson Good question. Over the past few years, over countless hours, Texas proudly becomes the first state to develop a methodology for recognizing collaborative professionals who have attained the highest standards of collaborative practice.  The focus of the work has been to offer the public a peer-recognized means for evaluating… [read more]

Does Couples Counseling Work?

By Harry Munsinger Successful couples counseling depends on several factors: both parties must be willing to change, marital problems can’t be impossible, goals need to be realistic, your therapist must be effective, you can’t wait until it’s too late and both spouses must want the marriage to work. Are You Willing to Change? If your… [read more]

How Does Collaborative Law Work In Texas Divorces?

How Does Collaborative Law Work In Texas Divorces?

The collaborative law process is a non-adversarial dispute resolution process in which the parties work together, with the assistance of their attorneys and other neutral professionals, to resolve their disputes without going to court. The parties may be (and typically are) adverse to one another, but the process does not put them against each other… [read more]