Tech lets you get informed, find professionals, log child support and track details—leading to calm and a sense of control.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: Alimony or "spousal support," as it's often called today, can go for life, though increasingly it's for a specific period of time.
Rushing to make it legal can actually slow down your divorce and make closure harder.
We've all heard about "shark" lawyers circulating failing marriages, but some of the best innovations in cooperative divorce and co-parenting come from divorce professionals.
Dear Splitopia: I want to mediate, but how do I know if a mediator is any good?
Q&A: Divorce equality is an important right. Attorney Michele Zavos explains the benefits of legal divorce.
"When major disagreements arise, I ask the parties to take turns sitting in the chairs of each child and responding as if they were that child." Lawyer and mediator Don Greenstein on creative ways to help couples agree.
While most states let you opt out of state-mandated formulas, you still need a fair agreement for everyone's happiness. (1 Question, 3 Lawyers)
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWERS: There are many ways to reduce the legal cost of divorce. Here seven good ones.
A stepparent is not a legal relationship, meaning the connection is what really matters.
LAWYERS SPEAK OUT: "I can’t state this strongly enough: the adversarial, traditional legal process can destroy families, and lives."
Q&A: Austin-based collaborative lawyer Janice Green on the critical difference between interests and positions.
Want to leave your house to your ex? Let your new spouse make medical decisions for your kids when you're out of town? Make sure your legal documents are in order.
How Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce affects them, their kids—and those of us who look toward celebs for inspiration. Let's hope it's a good divorce.
Cooperating with your ex can save hundreds of thousands in legal fees, and reduce heartache. How to get along, even when angry.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: A divorce can go poorly for a variety of reasons. Interview a few lawyers and see who feels right for you.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: Many LGBT couples clip together other laws to cover details of a relationship begun before marriage was legal.
Why suing to move away with your children can mean no one wins. Scenes from a good divorce gone bad in Grey's Anatomy.
Q&A: Colorado attorney/mediator Beth Henson details on the process and perks of mediation over adversarial litigation. Info you need!
Far from a vote of no-confidence, a prenup shows an educated awareness of the importance of clarity.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: Mediation is like doing the tango; you can't quite do it alone. Steps to help a resistant spouse be willing to get along.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: If your mediator is not a lawyer, hiring one can bring extra confidence—and flag potential problems.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: Taking an adversarial, blood-letting approach can bring unnecessary expense and heartache.
1 QUESTION, 3 LAWYERS: Many lawyers will provide general advice on the phone for free. Here's how to ask.
While adversarial divorce positions marriage and divorce as opposites, collaborative law can make friends of near-enemies.
Why you do not want a judge to make parenting decisions for you—and how to avoid a court battle over custody.
Why we chose to use a storefront divorce "store" to make our split legal.
Should you go for a tropical mediation vacation? The founder of DivorceHotel says, "Yes!" Here's why.
Mediation and collaborative divorce are two of the most important innovations in family law—and can save you money and heartache.