The Collaborative Mindset

FAQs, stories, thoughts and articles on divorce from the collaborative perspective.

The Anatomy of a Bad Divorce

Everyone knows what a bad divorce looks like – a spite filled argument that empties a couple’s bank account, leaving them with nothing and enriching the attorneys. But the cause for a bad divorce is something almost no one can agree upon.  Some… Read More
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Divorce and Covid

Covid is making divorce a more complex and potentially slower process, while making it more difficult for Courts to provide adequate attention to your case. Does this mean you shouldn’t pursue a divorce right now? No. But it does mean that you need… Read More
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Divorce and Covid-19

I have a lot of empathy for those who are navigating divorce issues during a pandemic.  As I reflect on these difficulties, I believe that many of the things we are doing to survive this pandemic are analogous to divorce, or even provide lessons for… Read More
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Divorce - A Time to Compromise or a Time to be Uncompromising?

I regularly speak with people who are not prepared to proceed with a divorce but want information about divorce.  They want to know about issues involving child custody, child support, spousal support and property division.  I always describe the d… Read More
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Divorce Using Collaborative Practice

Michigan law recognizes collaborative practice as a way to provide full time legal representation to divorcing spouses while avoiding courts and combative attorneys. Read More
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Mediation to Resolve a Divorce

Mediation is a way to resolve a divorce by reaching voluntary agreements through the assistance of a neutral mediator. Read More
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Do-It-Yourself Divorce

A do-it-yourself divorce is when people want to handle the divorce on their own. Both spouses are able to discuss and reach agreements and complete all necessary legal documents. They are not represented by attorneys and do not need a mediator to hel… Read More
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Divorce Law in Michigan is Changing.

Recently there have been some big changes to Michigan divorce law that will affect the entire structure of how people get divorced. During the following podcast I will explain what the two changes mean for people getting a divorce. Read More
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Divorce When You Are Over 50 - Planning for Financial Security

Divorce by nature causes financial problems.  Divorce for people over 50 – known as “gray divorce” – can be a full blown financial crisis.  On average, the gray divorced will end up having only 1/5 of the assets of gray married couples.… Read More
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Getting Honest and Good Advice About Divorce - For Free!

I get two types of questions about my services. First, I am often asked by people if I handle contentious divorces. Of course I do.  I am an attorney who represents people in court all the time.  I just don’t encourage people to take a combative… Read More
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One of the primary missions of Cleland Collaborative Solutions is to help you resolve your divorce in Michigan without going to court, through mediation and collaborative practice. Learn more about the benefits of these approaches.
Although Cleland Collaborative Solutions sees divorce litigation as a last resort, it may be unavoidable. In these cases, our work centers on protecting your interests while preventing costly, unnecessary battles. Learn about how we help.

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