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Normal Emotional Reactions To Divorce. . . (It is just neuroscience)

1.    FIGHT:   You just found out your spouse wants a divorce; you are devastated, heart broken and feel blind sided.  You want to stop the divorce in any way that you can.  You try to convince your spouse that you can save the marriage and wil… Read More
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What is the impact of "late stage mediation" or "shuttle mediation" on divorce?

Almost all family division judges require divorcing parties to go to mediation before they go to trial. This is why mediation is often called “late stage” mediation. It is the “last stop” before presenting any remaining unreso… Read More
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WHAT IF YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT ?

You may be among many folks who already know what you have and what you want out of your divorce and your spouse is on the same page.  The problem, however, is that you do not know how to go about it, what papers you need, and how long it will take,… Read More
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DIVORCE ? Why not prepare yourself with information?

What happens? What is the process leading to a divorce? How do I prepare? What should I do next? Well, how about going to the courthouse and sitting in on divorce proceedings? Call or go online to reach the county courthouse in the county where you r… Read More
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DIVORCE: Trial ~ or ~ Agreement?

You only get one chance to get your divorce right! Did you know that there are only two (2) ways to get divorced? 1.  By a trial before the judge assigned to your divorce case. Divorces are not conducted in the presence of a jury, only a judge condu… Read More
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You think you may be getting a divorce. . . .

You are angry, hurt, scared, sad, anxious, revengeful.  You feel like you are crawling out of your skin.  Your life is changing and you don’t know how you will deal with that.  You don’t want a divorce OR you cannot stay married one se… Read More
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MICHIGAN'S UNIFORM COLLABORATIVE LAW ACT ["UCLA"]

A new law was passed in Michigan over the summer of 2014 and it took effect on December 8, 2014. It is the Uniform Collaborative Law Act or UCLA.  This Uniform Act has passed in Utah, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, Ohio, Alabama, Washington, Washington, D.C… Read More
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Are Children of Divorced Families Valued by Our Culture?

Why Is Divorce A “Four Letter Word”? Do We Value the Marriage Over Children and Families? Is there room in our culture for healthy restructured families? Does our culture truly believe that children need both parents? Why are the parents… Read More
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Collaborative Divorce FAQ: Benefits

Metro Detroit collaborative divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "What Are the Potential Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce?" Collaborative Divorce can be less costly, particularly less emotionally costly, than traditional adversarial divor… Read More
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