When you consider the thought of a divorce, you may be concerned about the impact on your children, where you will live, how you will meet your financial obligations or how you will divide your property. All of these are valid concerns and considerations.
Collaborative divorce has been around for awhile and has its origin in traditional family law. Many of the practitioners - attorneys, therapists, financial professionals - believed there was a better way to engage parties in their divorce.
You may have a tumultuous and strained relationship with your ex. The two of you may name-call each other in person or to others. You both may have ongoing frustrations with each other that won't cease. Having strong negative feelings about your former partner after a break-up is normal. How you deal with those feelings reflects on who you are as a person and, more importantly, as a parent.
Recently, a Colorado judge made an important decision in an adoption and "custody" case (allocation of parental responsibilities) which spanned Utah, Colorado and their respective trial and appellate courts for the past nine years.
Raising children is difficult work. While there are many self-help books, there is no single guidebook on how to be the perfect parent. To be a good and effective parent does not require perfection - only an understanding of the impact of your behavior on your child's emotional and psychological development.