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Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media 03/04/2022

Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media

Did you know that texts, emails, and social media can have a significant impact on the outcome of a divorce?

Patterns of abuse, a person’s character, or even wrongful acts can be found through the years in these electronic databases or also shared computer content.

Read attorney Gratia Schoemakers's (GP Schoemakers, PLLC) article on maintaining privacy and communicating with courtesy on digital media.

Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media In our daily lives, technology has become the new norm. We don't think twice about using email, text, or social media posts to communicate

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 02/25/2022

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

"There is no such thing as a friendly divorce."

"Divorce is outrageously expensive."

Have you heard these myths? A Collaborative Divorce team can help a couple stay amicable—saving them money and heartache. Learn more from family attorney Norma Trusch's blog post.

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas As a divorce lawyer, I am often surprised by the questions I hear from my clients reflecting common misconceptions about divorce...

Divorce: Dividing the House and Other Assets - Our-Featured-Authors 09/24/2021

Divorce: Dividing the House and Other Assets - Our-Featured-Authors

One of the biggest pieces of the financial puzzle is “Who gets the house in a divorce?”

Divorce: Dividing the House and Other Assets - Our-Featured-Authors Psychiatrists and psychologists rank divorce as the second most stressful life event behind the death of a spouse.

Tips for Kids Going Back to School after a Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 08/18/2021

Tips for Kids Going Back to School after a Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Develop a plan to deal with the inevitable questions from school mates about the divorce to help children cope.

Tips for Kids Going Back to School after a Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas Going back to school after a divorce is challenging for children. Talk with your children about their feelings and help them manage their fears.

Tips For Handling Stress In A Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 06/25/2021

Tips For Handling Stress In A Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Dr. Karen Finn, divorce and personal life coach and author of On the Road from Heartbreak to Happiness, lists the following helpful tips for managing stress in divorce:

Tips For Handling Stress In A Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas It’s obvious that going through a divorce is stressful. In fact, the top five stressful life events include:  death of a loved

11 Common Divorce Tricks - Collaborative Divorce Texas 06/18/2021

11 Common Divorce Tricks - Collaborative Divorce Texas

What can you do when this happens? Be prepared by knowing common dirty divorce tricks and how to deal with them.

11 Common Divorce Tricks - Collaborative Divorce Texas How to Avoid 11 Common Tricks During a Divorce Couples going through a divorce often feel threatened and angry.  The severe emotional pain can start

Co-Parents: Keep It Cool When It's Hot Out 06/11/2021

Co-Parents: Keep It Cool When It's Hot Out

Summer co-parenting can be challenging; when the temperature gets hotter, here’s how to stay cool.

Co-Parents: Keep It Cool When It's Hot Out Summer co-parenting can be challenging; when the temperature gets hotter, here's some tips on how to stay cool.

Dealing with a Passive-Aggressive Spouse - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/28/2021

Dealing with a Passive-Aggressive Spouse - Collaborative Divorce Texas

The passive-aggressive spouse needs to control others and is difficult to be around. However, there are things you can do to deal with the passive-aggressive behavior.

Dealing with a Passive-Aggressive Spouse - Collaborative Divorce Texas Passive-aggressive people can’t communicate their feelings and expect others to read their mind. However, there are ways to deal with this type of behavior.

'Til Death Us Do Part Even After Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/21/2021

'Til Death Us Do Part Even After Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

‘Til Death Us Do Part – The Unintentional Fulfillment of Their Marital Vows, Even After their Divorce

'Til Death Us Do Part Even After Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas A former client called me today to ask what to do with regard to child support since her ex-spouse had died. They divorced collaboratively.

Why Does Collaborative Divorce Make Co-Parenting Easier? - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/14/2021

Why Does Collaborative Divorce Make Co-Parenting Easier? - Collaborative Divorce Texas

The Collaborative Divorce Process sets the stage for a positive post-divorce relationship, allows a healthy means of communication between the parties and aids in developing a detailed parenting plan.

Why Does Collaborative Divorce Make Co-Parenting Easier? - Collaborative Divorce Texas Undoubtedly, divorce is one of the most difficult experiences for many people.  Unwinding years of being together with one person is incredibly

10 Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/07/2021

10 Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating - Collaborative Divorce Texas

There are few totally reliable signs your spouse is cheating, so it’s often difficult to be certain. Your spouse could be working late or seeing someone—how can you know?

10 Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating - Collaborative Divorce Texas You want to trust your spouse, but sometimes your instincts say something’s wrong. Don’t ignore the feeling and don’t presume your spouse is guilty. Instead, look for signs he or she is cheating

Mid-Life Crisis and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 04/30/2021

Mid-Life Crisis and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Any major life change, such as death of a parent, child birth, loss of a job, a major illness, living apart from your spouse, or becoming empty nesters when your children leave home, can produce a mid-life crisis and lead to divorce.

Mid-Life Crisis and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas Any major life change, such as death of a parent, loss of a job or becoming empty nesters can produce a mid-life crisis and lead to divorce.

Divorce with Special Needs Children–Collaborative Divorce 04/15/2021

Divorce with Special Needs Children–Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce provides the ideal vehicle for a couple that need to separate and have a child or children with Special Needs.

Divorce with Special Needs Children–Collaborative Divorce April is “Autism Acceptance Month.” Prior to 2021, this acknowledgement was called “Autism Awareness Month,” but as we have begun to learn

Advantages of the Collaborative Divorce Team-Collaborative Divorce Texas 11/27/2020

Advantages of the Collaborative Divorce Team-Collaborative Divorce Texas

Having a team is an amazing benefit of the Collaborative Divorce process.

Advantages of the Collaborative Divorce Team-Collaborative Divorce Texas Having a team is an amazing benefit of the Collaborative Divorce process. Both parties have access to a group of professionals who can help

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 11/13/2020

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

The most common misconception is that “there is no such thing as a friendly divorce.”

Two Common Misconceptions About Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas As a divorce lawyer, I am often surprised by the questions I hear from my clients reflecting common misconceptions about divorce...

How Does Collaborative Divorce Assure Good Divorce Decisions? 11/07/2020

How Does Collaborative Divorce Assure Good Divorce Decisions?

There’s no reason to engage in expensive and hostile divorce litigation that ultimately takes decision-making out of your hands. If you are willing to work through the Collaborative Divorce process, your post-marriage financial security can be improved.

How Does Collaborative Divorce Assure Good Divorce Decisions? That’s why an increased number of people are using the Collaborative Divorce process in Texas. This non-adversarial process is steadied by

Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media 10/23/2020

Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media

Please know that communication is vital, and these three are the most cost-effective way of communication.

Divorce Proceedings; The Impact of Email, Texts and Social Media In our daily lives, technology has become the new norm. We don't think twice about using email, text, or social media posts to communicate

Communication and Co-Parenting - Collaborative Divorce Texas 10/16/2020

Communication and Co-Parenting - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Communication is important in divorce situations because emotions are typically high, and relationships strained. Although it is easier said than done, it is extremely important to communicate effectively with an ex-spouse.

Communication and Co-Parenting - Collaborative Divorce Texas Communication is important in all aspects of life … work, home, relationships and friendships. Communication is even more important in divorce situations

Divorce During COVID-19 and Making Informed Decisions 10/09/2020

Divorce During COVID-19 and Making Informed Decisions

As if COVID-19 isn’t enough to worry about, Individuals going through divorce are often overwhelmed by the laws involved, as well as by the financial issues.

Divorce During COVID-19 and Making Informed Decisions As if COVID-19 isn’t enough to worry about, Individuals going through divorce are often overwhelmed by the laws involved, as well as

Divorce Is Different For Parents of Kids with Disabilities 10/02/2020

Divorce Is Different For Parents of Kids with Disabilities

Figuring out how to divide and share rights, responsibilities and time with the kids is hard for divorcing parents of all children – with and without disabilities — because there are so many things to consider.

Divorce Is Different For Parents of Kids with Disabilities Sharing rights, responsibilities and time with the kids is hard for divorcing parents of all children – with and without disabilities

Health Insurance and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 09/11/2020

Health Insurance and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

This article is a high-level overview of what to know and how to plan for coverage post-divorce.

Health Insurance and Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas Health insurance is an important issue in any divorce when at least one party is under age 65 and without means to obtain their own health

Divorce Finances – 4 Tools To Help You Financially 09/04/2020

Divorce Finances – 4 Tools To Help You Financially

Saying divorce can mess with your mind is a substantial understatement.
So how do you navigate your financial future in the midst of a trauma induced brain fog?

Divorce Finances – 4 Tools To Help You Financially Saying divorce can mess with your mind is a substantial understatement.   I know because I have been there. It is as if my brain was

Post-Divorce: Control Over Your Life and Making Informed Decisions 08/21/2020

Post-Divorce: Control Over Your Life and Making Informed Decisions

Divorce is a life changing event even in the best of circumstances.

Post-Divorce: Control Over Your Life and Making Informed Decisions Either way you are likely to have some trepidation about what your post-divorce life will look like. Although you have accepted the fact that your life

Parenting Time and Support in Collaborative Cases 08/07/2020

Parenting Time and Support in Collaborative Cases

When parents decide that it’s time to separate and divorce, they also have to decide how they will continue to co-parent their children.

Parenting Time and Support in Collaborative Cases When parents decide that it’s time to separate and divorce, they also have to decide how they will continue to co-parent their children.

Divorce: Tips for How to Tell the Kids You Are Getting a Divorce 07/31/2020

Divorce: Tips for How to Tell the Kids You Are Getting a Divorce

Here are a few important suggestions for how to tell the kids that you and your spouse are getting a divorce.

Divorce: Tips for How to Tell the Kids You Are Getting a Divorce Kids remember where they were when their parents first told them about the divorce. If that memory can be as peaceful, loving, and as safe as possible

Choosing The Best Divorce Process To Meet Your Child’s Special Needs 07/24/2020

Choosing The Best Divorce Process To Meet Your Child’s Special Needs

Divorce is often a daunting experience for a couple with normal healthy children.
But, divorce can be even more overwhelming when the spouses have a child with special needs.

Choosing The Best Divorce Process To Meet Your Child’s Special Needs Divorce is often a daunting experience for any family. But, it can be even more overwhelming when the spouses have a child with special needs.

Dealing With Fear During a Divorce and Pandemic 06/26/2020

Dealing With Fear During a Divorce and Pandemic

People who are contemplating a divorce say they are concerned about the future, afraid of losing their job and being poor, they worry about being alone after the divorce, wonder what will happen to their children, and want to avoid the pain of grief.

Dealing With Fear During a Divorce and Pandemic Now that you are staying home together because of the pandemic, do you and your spouse fight all the time? Are you feeling depressed and unhappy..

Filing For Divorce and Bankruptcy - Collaborative Divorce Texas 06/19/2020

Filing For Divorce and Bankruptcy - Collaborative Divorce Texas

If you and your spouse are considering a divorce and filing for bankruptcy at the same time, you need to consider the following issues before you proceed.

Filing For Divorce and Bankruptcy - Collaborative Divorce Texas Going through a difficult divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic can be bad enough, but your difficulties will multiply if you lose your job or face

How COVID-19 Impacts the Divorce Process - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/29/2020

How COVID-19 Impacts the Divorce Process - Collaborative Divorce Texas

If divorce is on your horizon, you might wonder if it can even be done. Are courts open? Are lawyers even working?

How COVID-19 Impacts the Divorce Process - Collaborative Divorce Texas In the current health crisis and families across the country are facing plenty of challenges. If divorce is on your horizon, you might wonder if

Divorcing Without a Shopping List - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/22/2020

Divorcing Without a Shopping List - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Collaborative Divorce is all about working together for both parties to achieve their post-divorce goals instead of fighting with each other resulting in calamity and sometimes financial ruin.

Divorcing Without a Shopping List - Collaborative Divorce Texas Envision a scenario involving a trip to the grocery store without a shopping list. You have five things you need when you go in.  But as you walk

Tips for Co-Parenting During the Pandemic - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/15/2020

Tips for Co-Parenting During the Pandemic - Collaborative Divorce Texas

Here are a few suggestions on how couples can handle forced togetherness and dependency during the quarantine.

Tips for Co-Parenting During the Pandemic - Collaborative Divorce Texas I don’t think any couple going through a Collaborative Divorce ever imagined they would have to develop co-parenting guidelines for a Pandemic, and yet

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE 05/07/2020

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Something unusual is happening in China following self-isolation of couples due to COVID-19, the divorce rates are climbing according to registry officials.

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE Something unusual is happening in China following self-isolation of couples due to COVID-19, the divorce rates are climbing according to registry officials.

Confidentiality in Collaborative Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas 05/01/2020

Confidentiality in Collaborative Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas

A collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial way for clients and a team of trained professionals to resolve divorce issues without going to court.

Confidentiality in Collaborative Divorce - Collaborative Divorce Texas A collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial way for clients and a team of trained professionals to resolve divorce issues without going to court. Rather

Protecting Our Children in Divorce. - Collaborative Divorce Texas 04/10/2020

Protecting Our Children in Divorce. - Collaborative Divorce Texas

We need to protect the children (particularly during divorce) and that includes allowing them to have a voice.

Protecting Our Children in Divorce. - Collaborative Divorce Texas None of these children have voiced these concerns to their parents. No one has asked these children their concerns. All of their parents would be interested

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE 03/26/2020

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Self-Quarantine and Divorce

COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE Something unusual is happening in China following self-isolation of couples due to COVID-19, the divorce rates are climbing according to registry officials.

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