Attorney Lori Becker

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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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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What It Takes for an Unfit Judge to Lose His Seat

Many people going through a divorce eagerly await their day in court.  They have grand visions of justice being served and of “winning” while their spouse “loses.”  What these people often do not consider is that in going to court, they are willingly giving up their power to make decisions for their own family and […]

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Food for Thought: Could Your Children Sue You For a Bad Divorce?

The story of Rachel Canning, the 18 year old New Jersey high school senior who sued her parents over college tuition and child support, made national headlines.  Though Canning dropped the suit after moving back in with her parents, the discussion surrounding the case provoked a good deal of thought, in that the topic of […]

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Avoiding Settlement Blunders with the Collaborative Divorce Process (CDP) Part I– Trial

I so often wish that the couples we work with in the Collaborative Divorce Process could see themselves in a parallel universe going through litigation so they could fully grasp the scope of what a huge difference CDP makes. An article written by CNBC writer Elizabeth MacBride entitled Avoid Divorce Settlement Blunders seeks to address […]

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I was recently asked to give advice to soon-to-be graduates of the William and Mary Law School.  I shared with them the following, which forms the foundation for my practice and the principles of how I do business:  The advice I have for new attorneys is to consider the big picture and think holistically. How do you […]

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Figures in the Shadows: A Reflection on Third Party Interests in the Separation Process

A common topic which pops up throughout various mediation and negotiation trainings I have attended is how we as professionals are to screen and mitigate the influences of outside “shadow” figures who exert their influence over the decisions made by the parties directly in negotiation.  The Drama Associated With Divorce Often times in family law, […]

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Lessons Taken from “How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy”

A new book “How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy” is making waves on the press circuit (click here to view article) Its authors, Anne Milford and Jennifer Gauvain, explore the reasons behind an increasing number of women saying “I do” despite knowing deep in their hearts they should not be making a commitment to […]

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