The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, LowerCosts, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court

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Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is a nationally acclaimed approach that is transforming how couples divide their assets and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they share custody of children. Based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation yet agree to resolve their differences without going to court, Collaborative divorce is generally less expensive and quicker than litigation, gives the couple greater control ...

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The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, LowerCosts, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court

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Overview

Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, Collaborative divorce is a nationally acclaimed approach that is transforming how couples divide their assets and reinvent their post-divorce relationships, particularly when they share custody of children. Based on the concept that both spouses hire legal representation yet agree to resolve their differences without going to court, Collaborative divorce is generally less expensive and quicker than litigation, gives the couple greater control over the outcome of their divorce, and keeps children out of the controversy. Clear, compassionate, and comprehensive, The Collaborative Way to Divorce offers a dignified, effective solution to one of life's most difficult situations.

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Wall Street Journal
[The groundbreaking guide to the] popular process that is faster, cheaper, and less emotionally taxing than courtroom divorce.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452288355
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 976,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

STUART G. WEBB founded Collaborative Law in 1990, after becoming disillusioned with the acrimony and negativity traditionally associated with divorce. Since then, he has trained other lawyers in forty states and in Europe.
RONALD D. OUSKY is an early pioneer of Collaborative law and a board member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     xiii
Making the Right Decision: How Collaborative Divorce Differs from Other Approaches
The Basics: Comparing the Collaborative Process to a Traditional Divorce     3
Divorce Alternatives: Is the Collaborative Process Right for You?     27
Getting Others on Board
Getting Your Spouse to Agree to the Collaborative Process, and How to Hire an Attorney     67
Other Professionals You May Want on Your Divorce Team     87
Getting Divorced, Collaboratively
Four-Way Meetings     99
Addressing Specific Issues Via the Collaborative Process     113
Goals and Commitment: The First Steps to Success in the Collaborative Process     125
A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Collaborative Process
Preparing for the Four-Way Meetings     149
The First Collaborative Four-Way Meeting     159
The Middle Four-Way Meetings     167
Working Toward Solutions in Between the Four-Way Meetings     171
The Final Four-Way Meeting and Other Closing Steps     181
Putting the Divorce Behind You and Nurturing Your Family's Postdivorce Life     185
Appendices
Collaborative Law Participation Agreement     191
List of Common Marital Issues     201
Sample Letter to Spouse     205
Checklist of Attorney Questions     207
Examples of Common Goals and Interests in Divorce Cases     211
Guidelines for Parents During Separation and Divorce     219
Sample Budget     222
Ground Rules for the Client for the Collaborative Family Law Process     227
The Importance of State of Mind in Dispute Resolution: A Spiritual Approach     229
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