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Second Saturday Divorce Workshop This September

Please join us for our next Second Saturday Divorce Workshop on 09/11/2010. See below for additional info.

Podcast #45 Now Live On iTunes (Step By Step Guide To Divorce, part II)

Our latest podcast is now live on iTunes, please click HERE to listen to podcast #45 (Step By Step Guide To Divorce, part II). Listen to Step By Step Guide to Divorce, part 1 HERE.

Knowledge is Everything

If you were filing for a divorce thirty years ago, you didn’t have a whole lot of options. Certain laws favored mom, certain laws favored dad. You had to prove there was reasonable cause for the divorce and if the judge thought your reason wasn’t good enough, you didn’t get your divorce. Things worked a certain way and there wasn’t much you could do about it.

Today, we have lots of options. We can mediate or arbitrate, we can collaborate or litigate, we can rent a judge and get divorced at the four seasons or sit at our kitchen table and work it out over coffee and donuts. Unfortunately, most people have no idea there are so many options. Our legal system has been designed for battle, so we hire lawyers slick as knives and we cut each other until we are each bloodied and broken. But what is the point of that? How does that help? How do you heal from a wound cut so deep?

The fact is this: Divorce does not have to leave you bloodied and broken. You can have a divorce where you emerge on the other side with your eyes opened wide to the possibilities of new life. Where you come out standing with your shoulders back and your chin up. It’s up to you. You get to choose which divorce you have; the one with all the blood and gore, or the one where you come out standing straight and strong.

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Why Mediate?

Dear Friends of the Law Collaborative,

Why Mediate?

What’s in it for me? That is the question that a client usually asks when mediation is suggested. Ideally, mediation of a divorce case will save people; will save them angst, alienation, and money. Mediation requires that both lawyer and client clearly and specifically identify their ideal solution to the dispute, and both are advised to carefully consider the other party’s desired outcome as well. Mediation can be a Win-Win proposition if those involved really want it to work. From the outset, The Law Collaborative’s goal is to design a settlement agreement that will realistically fulfill the basic needs of all of the parties to the mediation. We happily and readily employ the word, “compromise.” To compromise, cooperate, concede – in other words, to find the middle ground and occupy it. This is the place from which people are able to negotiate their way through dispute to agreement.

Learn more about Collaborative Law:

Many lawyers consider that they are competent to practice collaborative family law because they believe in settling cases and resolving disputes outside of court. However, a willingness to settle is not the only requirement. The attorney who wishes to employ collaborative law in his practice must have a thorough knowledge of negotiation skills, and understand the underlying theories and strategies of negotiation. Minimum standards for collaborative family law practice are continually expanding, as the work continues to attract more followers throughout the country. The Law Collaborative is pleased to provide education for attorneys and other collaborative professionals, making available new tools, technology, and information generated by professionals successfully engaged in the practice. To those professionals interested in learning more about collaborative practice, consider attendance at our 3 day workshop coming in November!

We also invite you to our next Second Saturday Divorce Workshop, which will take place on August 14th at our Woodland Hills Office. Attorney Robert Borsky of The Law Collaborative will address the legal issues in divorce. Irene Smith, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, will discuss the financial issues associated with divorce. A marriage and family therapist will also address emotional issues in divorce situations. This workshop is beneficial to anyone contemplating divorce, or curious about their options. Pre-registration cost is $45, or $50 at the door. Breakfast will be served. Please call our office at (888) 852-9961 for registration and additional information. We are here to serve you.

Best,

Ron Supancic and Robert Borsky

“Bringing peace to the legal process.”

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A choice to make, a lesson to learn

The most important lesson to be learned in life is that who you are being in the world is far more important than what you say. You may know all manner of wonderful things and be very proficient in the practice of your art, but if you demonstrate a substantial deficit in integrity, than all your words mean very little. Don’t tell me who your are, show me who you are being. We all share a commitment, as helping professionals, to set an example to our peers that is based on measurable values. I want to know what you stand for before I care what you do. We live in the best of times and the worst of times. Values are being challanged daily. There are great opportunities to be better than we have been in the past, or worse. We make choices every moment of every day. Every choice we make has specific consequences. The question is whether we are making choices congruent with our values or not. It is really that simple. I only wish it were that easy.

What women need to know about divorce

The Second Saturday workshop was developed by WIFE, the Women’s Institute for Financial Education, founded in 1988. It is their mission is to empower women to succeed and prosper.  WIFE is dedicated to providing women with information and education during life transitions and their quest for financial independence.

The Second Saturday Workshop is held the second Saturday of each month, and is designed to help divorced and divorcing women take the next step in their life, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot.  The workshop deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way.  With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain greater understanding of the confusing divorce process.

Second Saturday is a great opportunity for women anywhere in the divorce process. The next Second Saturday workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Speakers will include attorney Robert Borsky, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Irene Smith and marriage and family therapist Rosalinda O’Neill.  To register for the event, or if you’d like more information, email Info@TheLawCollaborative.com.

The Real Cost of Ending a Marriage

“It takes two or three years to process the emotional agenda (of divorce) and lawyers who aren’t trained in this, that don’t understand this, are adding gasoline to the fire when they align with the emotional agendas of their clients. A lot of transference and counter-transference takes place. The lawyers bring their own personal agendas to the case…

What we’re learning now is that divorce is really a mental health issue, more than it is anything else. If we can bring mental health professionals into the equation early on, we can make a huge difference in terms of saving time, saving money and more importantly, protecting children.”

— Ron Supancic, as interviewed by Karyn Foley during a 2007 Calabasas Author’s Night.

Calabasas Author’s Night – The Real Cost of Ending a Marriage from The Law Collaborative on Vimeo.

When we follow our inner wisdom

Lin Morel was seventeen when she met the man who would become her husband. He was her childhood sweetheart, and they married when she was just twenty.   But their marriage did not have the happy ending we hope for.  What started as a fourteen year romance became a nightmare when Lin’s husband flew into a rage and strangled her in front of her daughter.  The marriage ended, but the emotional violence did not, and their child became a pawn in an abusive relationship.

Today Lin holds a Masters of Applied Psychology, she is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, a Doctor of Spiritual science and author of Get Clear, Get Connected, Get a Job.  She is also a fifth degree black belt and president of AWBW.org,  a non-profit that works to help end the cycle of domestic violence.  Dr. Morel is living proof that when we follow our inner wisdom, life unfolds in an incredible way.

Click the play button to hear Dr. Lin Morel give a great interview for Ron and Robert on Divorce.

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For Better Or For Worse

We’ve all heard the expression about “marriage for better or for worse,” but I don’t think most people have heard the expression “divorce for better or for worse”. The reality is relationships never end. Relationships are forever. Relationships only change over time and they either get better, or they get worse, depending on the choices we make.

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Vintage Law Collaborative

Mary Anne Loughlin and Patrick Greenlaw interview Ron Supancic for CNN’s DayWatch in 1991. The topic? Divorce and property settlement in California. There’s even a reference to the old classic film, War of the Roses.  Check it out!

The Law Collaborative – Ron on CNN from The Law Collaborative on Vimeo.