Archive for March, 2014

How Collaborative Law can help “Older” Couples too

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

About 45% of marriages are expected to end through divorce says a 2010 report making the United States the highest divorce rate in the world.  The divorce rate among middle-aged and older adults has doubled over the past two decades.

A recent National Public Radio story on All Things Considered featured a piece on older Americans divorcing and the support that is out there to help them through the process.

One of the most rewarding Collaborative divorces that I have been privileged to be a part of involved a long term marriage where the children had already left the home and had families of their own.  There are many emotional concerns that older couples face such as retirement planning, health care costs, paying off their children’s college debt and living alone after being in a marriage for almost half their lifetime. 

The Collaborative Process is designed to meet the couple’s needs.  Having a Financial Neutral to help paint the economic picture of life after divorce can be not only educational but a huge relief to know there is a plan in place.  The Mental Health Coach helps facilitate this process at a pace comfortable to the parties.

With the rising rates of divorce for older couples, the Collaborative Process is proving to be the most compassionate and supportive way to help these individuals move on to the next phase of their life.

Attorney Kate Morneau

Attorney Katherine Morneau

Attorney Katherine Morneau is a collaborative divorce lawyer with Morneau Law in Nashua, N.H.

CLANH Partners with Massachusetts Practice Groups for Joint Meeting

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16 members of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts collaborative communities will gather at the McLane law firm’s office in Woburn, MA for networking and an informative presentation. Attorney Karen Levitt and psychologist Gina Arons will present “I’ve Got a Secret: The Impact of Privilege, Transparency and Confidentiality on the Collaborative Team”.


Location: McLane law firm, 300 Trade Center, Suite 7000, Woburn MA (for GPS use 100 Sylvan Rd.)

Date: April 16, 2014

Time: 4-6:30 pm



Refreshments will be provided.