Author Archivesss: Ellen Stewart

29 Apr 2014

How to Shield a Court Record after Peace or Protective Order is Denied or Dismissed

Divorce

Under certain circumstances, the person against whom a peace or protective order case was filed can keep the public from seeing information about the case. The person against whom the case was filed is the Respondent, and the person who filed for the case is the Petitioner. If the peace or protective order was denied more...

24 Feb 2014

Discussion About the Collaborative Process

Divorce

This is the fifth step of a series of 12 steps that explains in detail how the Collaborative Law Process works. Click here for the previous step. Once the partners have gained a basic understanding of the Collaborative Process and spoken with Collaboratively Trained Professionals, it is time for them to decide whether they want more...

24 Feb 2014

Acceptable Collaborative Settlement Agreement

Divorce

This is the final step of a 12 step series that explains in detail how the Collaborative Law Process works. Click here for the previous step. Once the participants have reached an agreement on all issues, the settlement agreement should be reduced to writing. The Collaborative team should coordinate which attorney will draft the settlement more...

24 Feb 2014

Collaborative Professionals Debrief

Divorce

This is the ninth step of a series of 12 steps that explains in detail how the Collaborative Law Process works. Click here for the previous step. It is a good idea for the collaborative professionals to debrief each meeting immediately following the meeting. Coordinating schedules can be difficult, so the easiest way to debrief more...

18 Feb 2014

What is My Role in the Collaborative Process?

Divorce

Unlike traditional litigation, clients are more involved in the Collaborative process. With Collaborative Law, the professionals and the parties are all part of one team working toward a common goal. Rather than attorneys negotiating a settlement and reporting back to their clients, the Collaborative team works together to come up with possible solutions and determine more...

17 Feb 2014

Can I Modify My Child Support Award?

Child Custody

Child support in Maryland must comply with the statutory child support guidelines. Either the parent paying child support (“obligor”) or the receiving parent (“payee”) can ask the Court to modify an existing child support order. The court will modify child support upon the existence of a material change of circumstances. A “material” change needs to more...

17 Feb 2014

Determining Who Might Be Needed On The Collaboratively Trained Team

Divorce

This is the fourth step of a series of 12 steps that explains in detail how the Collaborative Law Process works. Click here for the previous step. Once the participants each meet with Collaboratively trained attorneys, the attorneys will confer with each other to determine which professionals might be needed on the team. There are Collaboratively trained more...

17 Feb 2014

Talking To Your Partner About Resolving Divorce Collaboratively

Divorce

This is the third step of a series of 12 steps that explains in detail how the Collaborative Law Process works. Click here for the previous step. The first step to enlisting your partner in the Collaborative Process is communication. Talk with your partner about your goals, and let your partner know that you are interested in more...

17 Feb 2014

Learning About and Understanding the Collaborative Process

Divorce

This is the first step of a series of 12 steps that explains in detail how the Collaborative Process works. The Collaborative Process was founded on January 1, 1990 by Stuart G. Webb, a Minnesota lawyer who declared himself a “Collaborative Lawyer-the first and only one.” See The Collaborative Way to Divorce, Stuart G. Webb more...

10 Dec 2013

How Does The Collaborative Process Work?

Divorce

Collaborative Law is an alternate, out-of-court method of resolving all divorce-related issues through the help of a professional team. Once the spouses agree that the collaborative process is the one they will use, they will each need to engage a collaboratively trained lawyer. The Collaborative process allows spouses to work with a number of professionals more...

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