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Welcome to the New Collaborative Divorce Website

July 27, 2021

Welcome to a new and improved Collaborative Divorce Wisconsin website!

The members of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (CFLCW) developed this website and provide services to Wisconsin families.  The pages here are designed to summarize how the Collaborative Process works, what makes Collaborative Divorce an effective approach, and how the professionals that make up your team are dedicated to helping you and your family.

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When Is Collaborative Divorce “Appropriate?”

June 1, 2021

Recently we encountered this statement on a law firm website (not members of CFLCW):

“While …[trained]… in Collaborative Divorce ..[we use] this approach when requested, and we caution…not all cases benefit from this [approach].”

It is the responsibility of the collaborative attorney to provide information to clients about the range of process options available to them…. -News Editor

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Advantage – Team Collaborative

May 15, 2021

A common question that arrives in the mailbox of this website is “how much does collaborative cost?” It is likely that the writer of the email presumes that, as an alternative to the traditional litigation process, collaborative has to be less expensive. Few things are that definitive and the answer we routinely provide is “it depends.”-News Editor

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Divorce is a legal thing; or maybe not

April 15, 2021

Search for “emotional aspects of divorce’ on the latest edition of the world’s encyclopedia – Google – and you will quickly see about  152 million results.
Yet it is fair to suggest that most people consider divorce to be primarily a legal “thing.” -News Editor

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Over the back fence

January 15, 2021

In this extraordinary time of social distancing – of relatively short duration, we hope – it may seem out of place to discuss the place many people exchange information about their lives. -News Editor

Neighbors have chatted over the back fence for decades about everything from life and death, taxes and politics, religion and families, and of course, divorce. (Social media may have replaced some of that interaction, but not all.)

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Collaborative Divorce or Mediation?

July 1, 2020

In recent years, some Wisconsin attorneys have expanded their practices to include divorce mediation services. When a lawyer mediates a divorce, the lawyer can give legal information to the couple, but not legal advice. For some couples, legal information is 95% of what they need. Once they understand what the laws say, they feel comfortable working out their issues with the help of a mediator, but without getting legal advice. That’s important, because the mediator has to be neutral between the two of them.
-Rebecca Oettinger, PhD, JD

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How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 3

May 28, 2020

As discussed in previous months, the “divortex” can be avoided by choosing the Collaborative Process. Prior articles describe what Collaboration is – it is a process that avoids court and may use a team of experts to help clients create the best settlement option possible. -Part Three
GUEST BLOG – Audra Holbeck, JD

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How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 2

May 14, 2020

The second definition provides a visual for what many think a divorce “looks like.” While the end of a marriage is emotionally tumultuous and devastating, the actual legal process of uncoupling does not have to be. But, it is critical that you choose a process that promotes healing. The Collaborative Process does just that. – Part Two
GUEST BLOG – Audra Holbeck, JD

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How to Avoid the Divortex – Part 1

May 1, 2020

It’s tornado season, so many of us in the Midwest think of a tornado when we think of a vortex. Regardless of where you live, if you are going through a divorce, this definition might sound like something you experience rather than something you see, and so, the term Divortex seems appropriate. –Part One
GUEST BLOG – Audra Holbeck, JD

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Collaborative Divorce in a Nutshell

February 1, 2020

For those of you who, like myself, want bullet-point, clear and concise answers to your questions, here it is: “a nutshell” description of what it means to engage in a “collaborative divorce” and what it means to have a “collaborative attorney.”
– Megann Hendrix, JD

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