Category: Is Collaborative for You?

We blog about helping Long Island families to resolve conflicts in the most productive ways possible.

If all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. – Abraham H. Maslow When the hammer of justice strikes in the context of divorce litigation, destruction of a family in transition can often be the unnecessary, unintended and undesirable result. The legal system is designed to produce a winner and a loser, […]

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Jan 6, 2017BY: Harriette SteinbergIN: Is Collaborative for You?

Divorce: Finding the Right Process

Until recently, when people thought of divorce, the litigation model was their only choice. In this model, finding the best advocate often amounted to finding the professional who pursued a client’s positions no matter the cost and often to the destruction of the financial interests and future relationships of their clients and family. How many […]

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Divorcing your spouse doesn’t necessarily mean you have to divorce your business partner. When couples who are in business together get divorced, their first inclination is that they are going to have to divorce as business partners as well. Negotiations surrounding the dissolution of the business oftentimes get more contentious then the parties divorce proceedings […]

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Being divorced is universally recognized as one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. This stress can show up as anger, a sense of loss, or some other emotion, and these emotions often present hidden roadblocks to an effective settlement. I represented a husband recently in a litigated divorce. Through some intense negotiations […]

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According to the New York Post article, Dogs are the new kids in NYC custody battles, “A 2014 survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found a 27 percent increase in the number of couples who have fought over custody of a pet during the past five years.” Traditionally, the New York courts have […]

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On September 19, 2016, when the news that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt hit the newspapers, the private details of their marriage – if there is such a phrase relevant to such high profile individuals- were splashed all over the tabloids. The Petition for divorce filed in California was printed for all […]

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Florida Attorney, Robert J. Merlin, in his South Florida Business Journal column, “Divorce doesn’t necessarily mean the destruction of a family business,” noted that the Collaborative Process could be the best way for married owners of a business to handle their divorce. He pointed out that financial records would be kept private, with interruptions to the business […]

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In his May 1, 2016 column in Forbes / Personal Finance, What I Wish I Knew Before My Divorce, Michael Smith states, “as a guy who has gone through a divorce, I always feel a special need to help those who are about to go through that process or who have gone through it and […]

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According to People Magazine, both sides in the Halle Berry–Olivier Martinez split say they want to proceed amicably; and they are using high-powered Hollywood divorce attorneys. Representing Berry is Stephen Kolodny, who has counted Mel Gibson and Lisa Bonder Kerkorian among his clients. Representing Martinez is Laura Wasser, who’s handled legal action for Britney Spears, Ryan […]

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When couples fall in love and marry, they expect it to be forever. However, far too many marriages end in divorce and children become collateral damage in a divorce war. Although divorce causes stress and prompts painful emotions, it does not have to mean the end of the family. It merely signals changes in the […]

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