The Collaborative Faces of Detroit
July 11th, 2016
Normal Emotional Reactions To Divorce. . . (It is just neuroscience)
July 7th, 2015
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 will go to marri… Read MoreRead More
What is the impact of "late stage mediation" or "shuttle mediation" on divorce?
July 7th, 2015
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 MoreRead More
WHAT IF YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT ?
June 18th, 2015
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, a… Read MoreRead More
DIVORCE ? Why not prepare yourself with information?
January 5th, 2015
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 MoreRead More
DIVORCE: Trial ~ or ~ Agreement?
December 22nd, 2014
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 conduct… Read MoreRead More
You think you may be getting a divorce. . . .
December 15th, 2014
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 second l… Read MoreRead More
MICHIGAN'S UNIFORM COLLABORATIVE LAW ACT ["UCLA"]
December 11th, 2014
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 MoreRead More
Are Children of Divorced Families Valued by Our Culture?
January 19th, 2014
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 MoreRead More
Collaborative Divorce FAQ: Benefits
May 1st, 2013
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 divorces… Read MoreRead More