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Real Housewives Divorce: A Reality Check

Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel’s divorce  from Jason Hoppy has been tabloid fodder for several years now.  A  recent Radar Online article (click here) happily splashed the exact amount of attorney fess Frankel must pay to Hoppy ($100,000) across their headlines. We as a society are happy consumers of reality television, […]

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How Divorce Affects Your Health and What You Can Do To Minimize the Damage

A recent study published by Matthew Dupre of Duke University  found that women who were divorced at least once were 24% more likely to experience a heart attack compared to women who remained married.  For women divorced two or more times, the risk jumped to 77%.  (See article here) Dupre and his team were not […]

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Parental Decision Making and Divorce

Channel 7 recently reported on a story out of Huntington Woods about a divorced couple  back in court around the issue of whether or not to vaccinate their two children.  (Click here for original story) The thing which stood out to  me  most  in the  story  was that the father was completely taken aback by the […]

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Divorce Horror Stories: The Truth Will Set You Free

My Collaborative colleagues and I often wish that our clients could clone themselves so they could see how their exact case would simultaneously play out in the litigation process and compare the outcomes to what they achieve in the Collaborative Divorce Process.  Many people don’t realize just how crazy and incendiary the litigation process can […]

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What Do Steve Jobs and Litigation Attorneys Have In Common?

Though the title of this post sounds like a set up for a bad joke,  it comes from a New York Times article which marveled at Steve Jobs being a “low tech” parent.  The author of the article was so perplexed by Jobs’  revelation that his children’s  usage of IPads and other technology was restricted, he […]

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The Unconscious Uncoupling Phenomenon

One of my Collaborative Divorce Process colleagues out of California, Jon Kramer, wrote a very interesting blog post about “conscious uncoupling” and the Collaborative Divorce Process (CDP).  In the post, he highlights that the CDP has always promoted “conscious uncoupling” before it became a trendy catchphrase, in that it facilitates thoughtful separation which preserves the […]

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Peace Through Personality: Breaching Differing Approaches in Conflict Resolution

Experience Life Magazine recently ran a very interesting article entitled Peace Through Personality (link here). The article uses the Enneagram of Personality Types to examine 9 different personalities, including strengths and weaknesses, to examine how people react differently to conflict and how this can effect attempts at conflict resolution. As a Collaborative Divorce Process (CDP) […]

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Writing the Story of Your Divorce

When people are beginning relationships or committing to marriage, they often take the time to chronicle these milestones through photographs, scrapbooks, journaling, etc. with the thought that they will someday share this story with their children, grandchildren, etc. I find it interesting that this concept is not similarly applied to the end of relationships. As […]

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Perceptions of Family Law in Michigan

I am not usually one for all of the random little Facebook quizzes, but I saw one the other day that piqued my interest. It was one of those “Which state are you from?” games and having a few moments to kill, I played. I rather surprisingly got Michigan, but the little description rationalizing the […]

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Learning from Jose: Where Are We Going?

Most dog owners know there are few things that get their pooch more excited than hearing the word “ride”.  Jose is no different– any time he sees me gathering my keys and putting on my shoes, he is prancing close to my side, just begging me to take him along.  The thing that I find […]

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