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Divorce rate may have been increasing for past 30 years

It seems like for years experts have been telling us that divorce rates in America have been going down. In fact, population experts have analyzed US Census data as well as other sources to conclude the rate of divorce among Americans has been dropping since the 1970s. But two researchers from the University of Minnesota recently released a study analyzing other sources of information that show the divorce rate has been increasing over the same period of time. Though these conflicting reports may be troublesome, the truth may come out in time as the US Census has now adopted divorce-related questions into its survey.

Collaborative law may be best for children of divorcing couples

On this blog we often discuss how collaborative law can assist individuals going through a divorce reach an amicable resolution. Discussions often revolve around the team of professionals who can help the couple settle issues of property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation rights and child support. Yet, the approach taken in a divorce not only affects the two parties involved. Children, too, can be affected.

Start of year brings rise in divorce filings

The New Year is now in full so swing, and, according to some experts, so is divorce season. January has unofficially become known as "Divorce Month," marking the start of an increase in divorce filings. According to a study conducted by FindLaw.com, the number of divorces tends to spike in January, then they continue to rise until it peaks in March.

Reasons why collaborative divorce may be good for Marylanders

Divorces can take many different paths. In one option, a couple seeks to dissolve its marriage through litigation. This process can take some time, and the adversarial nature may lead to heated arguments. Litigation also puts family law decisions like property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and visitation rights in the hands of a judge. While many of Maryland's residents choose this option, if the couple gets along and wishes to split amicably, then a collaborative divorce may be an alternate option.

Collaborative law may help with divorce's financial resolution

With divorce comes many legal issues, any of which may be hotly contested. A couple parting ways may fight over property, children, and spousal and child support. While many people are inundated with stories of ugly divorce disputes, the fact is couples can seek to avoid such a difficult resolution. Through collaborative practice, experts can provide the necessary guidance to help the couple reach an outcome that is as fair and favorable as possible.

Collaborative law may help avoid divorce pitfalls

There is no doubt that getting divorced can be tremendously tough. After spending years building a life together, it may be difficult for a couple to come to agreements on how to split assets and time with children. Sometimes, especially when couples cannot get along, litigation is necessary to resolve these disputes. Many times, though, litigation is unnecessary and issues revolving around property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and visitation rights can all be settled through negotiation.

Many turning to collaborative law to avoid ugly divorce

Believe it or not, marriage dissolution does not have to involve grueling litigation where the parties scratch and claw for whatever they can get out of the divorce. Instead, a divorcing couple can seek to amicably end the marriage so they can each go their separate ways on peaceful terms and with the feeling that a fair resolution was reached. One of the best ways to achieve this type of departure and to avoid unruly arguments is to use a collaborative practice.

Collaborative law can lead to amicable divorce


It is no secret divorces can be messy. Months and sometimes years of built up animosity can boil over, leading to explosive arguments over everything from property division to spousal support and child custody. While these ugly divorces may seem commonplace, not all divorces are combative, nor should they be. Instead, collaborative practice may be a more peaceful, fair option for couples deciding to divorce.

Divorce process does not have to be full of anger and fear


People are often surprised when they see a divorced couple who remain close friends. Instead, many expect the emotionally fraught divorce process to have brought about arguments, anger, and fear, forever ruining the splitting couples' relationship. While this is the case in many instances of divorce, it does not have to be. A couple that respects each other and truly wants the marriage to end amicably can seek out a collaborative practice to help reach a peaceful and fair resolution.

Many choosing collaborative law to save money and energy


Before couples say their vows, most feel as if their marriage will last a lifetime. However, many times these marriages end in disarray. When it comes time to divorce, splitting couples may find themselves facing difficult legal issues including property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation rights, and child support. The parties to the divorce have many options to choose from when deciding how to address these issues. They can litigate it in court in front of a judge, or they can choose an alternative method. One of those methods, collaborative law, is catching on and may be cheaper and less heart-wrenching than a typical litigated divorce.

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