Category: Collaborative Law

Helping Northern Westchester Families

Ken Novenstern, Esq.

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on collaborative divorce called “The Collaborative Roadmap.”

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Wedding rings stacked upon a divorced agreement.

Congratulations—you’re getting married! It’s a happy time. Lots of details to plan for the big day—perhaps it will be a destination wedding? Hawaii, or Nevis? Or the lush Hudson Valley? You dream of your life together, the love that feels endless, the kindness and respect with which you treat each other.  Then, suddenly, it arrives […]

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Nov 15, 2017BY: MaryEllen LinnehanIN: Collaborative Law

Is Collaborative Divorce Right For Me?

You’ve made the difficult, complicated, often painful decision to divorce. The question now is how you will move forward:  how you will protect your children, ensure financial stability for you and your family, and preserve important relationships. How will you work through the emotional, legal and financial decisions? Importantly, how will you structure your divorce […]

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Almost every new client tends to ask the same question in the initial call and meeting, and the answer tends to be quite confusing for lay-people to understand:  What kind of agreement do I want at the end of my collaborative divorce process?  The answer is:  it depends upon what you want to accomplish!  To […]

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Sep 6, 2017BY: Ken NovensternIN: Collaborative Law

Why I Chose Collaborative Divorce

My wife told me she was considering a divorce on 7/31/09 (for ease of reference I will refer to her as my wife, although she is now my former wife). I was devastated. I knew what a divorce entailed and was filled with dread. I could not comprehend a life outside of my marriage, without […]

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Lately I have been thinking about how people decide to divorce.  As anyone who has gone through a divorce will tell you, it is one of the hardest, if not the hardest decision a person makes.  The collaborative divorce team starts with an understanding that the history leading up to, and the decision to divorce, […]

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Face of a child

The phrase “Attorney for the Child” sounds like an oxymoron. Why should a child need an attorney? For most people, the attorney-client relationship is a relationship between adults. It is difficult to imagine a child fully grasping principles such as attorney- client privilege or professional responsibility. Why should a child have to?

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Feb 20, 2017BY: Margaretha L. GravettIN: Collaborative Law

Divorce Is Like Passing A Kidney Stone

Divorce has been equated to passing a kidney stone. It hurts like crazy, it takes what seems like forever to pass, and it inevitably results in an enormous bill.  That is certainly true of a traditional litigated divorce. Luckily, divorcing couples don’t have to litigate.  These days, we have several alternative dispute resolution options at […]

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Dec 13, 2016BY: Arnold CribariIN: Collaborative Law

Collaborative Divorce: The Advantages

A highly regarded Collaborative Divorce lawyer in California, Pauline Tesler, has written the authoritative book on Collaborative Divorce: Collaborative Law, Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation. The third edition of that book was published in 2016, and it includes a “Collaborative Divorce Handbook.” This handbook is a must read for anyone considering a collaborative […]

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