Collaborative Law NH Blog

“Rewritten” LOVE letters by Michelle Tetreault (2/14/16)

February 19th, 2016

This Valentine’s Day let’s “rewrite” the letters of LOVE. Valentine’s Day is a reminder of our romantic love connections, a time to reaffirm our affections, and a day to give to our loved ones by writing love letters, purchasing cards, flowers or candy. For those of us who have chosen to work in the field of collaborative law, it is a time to pause and be mindful of the painful emotional triggers that songs, commercials Read more…

CLANH members discuss Collaborative Law on WFEA

November 6th, 2015

On October 26, CLANH members Karen Ela Kenny, MSW, LICSW and Attorney Kevin Rauseo  took to the air waves to discuss Collaborative Law on WFEA. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN  

Will having a Collaborative team increase the costs of my divorce?

February 22nd, 2015

Will having a Collaborative team increase the costs of my divorce?   No, for three reasons:   The neutrals are specialists in what they do; Their hourly rates are lower than lawyers’; and The costs of the neutrals are generally split.   The coach is a licensed mental health professional with training and experience in relationships, communication, and conflict resolution. The coach has a neutral role, helping to prepare you for the settlement meetings by Read more…

Collaborative Law and Pre-nuptial Agreements: A Perfect Marriage

February 10th, 2015

The typical or “old fashioned” way of preparing pre-nuptial agreements (or “pre-nups”)  involved one party’s attorney drafting and sending it to the other attorney, who reviewed and discussed it with his or her client, and then sent a letter with revisions.  The document continued to be volleyed back and forth until both attorneys found a document they believed their client could live with.  This process was not efficient and often included many unintentional results.  Attorneys, Read more…

Most Divorce Cases Settle without a Trial: Why not commit to settlement from the start?

January 10th, 2015

Most divorce cases settle out of court, admittedly sometimes in the 11th hour, but often before.  In most cases the norm is settlement, either through some type of mediation, or lawyer-negotiated settlement, or the Collaborative Process.   Despite settlement being the norm, the various non-litigation paths are called Alternative Dispute Resolution methods.  Perhaps someday litigation will be viewed as the “alternative,” to be used only when unavoidable, if lawyers place added importance on their role Read more…

Why do I/we need a Coach? I/we don’t need therapy!

December 30th, 2014

So often this question comes up when your attorney mentions that the Team approach in the Collaborative Process of divorcing involves a Coach.  While a Coach is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, and may even have his or her own therapy practice, the Coach is not providing therapy.  They have in fact undergone specific training to provide resources to you as a couple working through getting a Collaborative divorce. To put it simply, Therapy ‘unpacks’ Read more…

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance may be best option after divorce

December 10th, 2014

Keeping all family members covered by health insurance is usually a shared goal in collaborative cases. If both spouses have insurance available through employment, that provides options.  Getting divorced allows signing up for insurance outside of “open enrollment” periods.  Some employers allow an ex-spouse to remain on the family coverage. If neither of these options are available, the Affordable Care Act may be the best choice.  Federal tax credits will help pay the premium for Read more…

Agreeing on divorce effective dates and IRS taxes

November 17th, 2014

Collaborative law allows couples to come up with creative solutions to tax and health insurance concerns. By agreement, a couple may agree to have their divorce effective “on or after 1 January” of the following year. This is most common in the fall of the year, when January is just a few months away. Why would people do this? The most common reason is to allow filing taxes as married, which is possible if the Read more…

Managing Expectations

October 29th, 2014

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the collaborative divorce process is that it is client driven.  That means that the clients identify what is most important to them at the beginning of the process and the focus of the team throughout the process is to try to find a solution that honors those interests and goals that the family has identified.  However, the role of the team members is also to keep the process Read more…

Liz Ferris Speaks at CLANH Annual Meeting About Strategies for Growing Your Collaborative Practice

October 23rd, 2014

Top Ten Strategies for Growing your Collaborative Practice Competence: 1.      Master the initial client consultation. 2.      Attend ongoing training and practice group meetings to improve skills and competence. Client focus: 3.      Focus on the client experience and exceptional client value.  (Seek client feedback) Communication 4.      Develop and maintain an effective web site and blog to educate and inform clients on the value of Collaborative Practice. Post informative podcasts (attached is a podcast on describing collaborative Read more…