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What Is Collaborative Law?

Most clients come to a lawyer expecting to battle out their issue in court. While litigation is an option, it isn’t always the best way to find solutions. Many lawyers now offer other professional services that include mediation and collaborative law. Both of these options offer a different way to come to an agreement, and…
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How to Create a Long-Distance Parenting Plan

Walking through a divorce is a challenging process for everyone involved. Add children into the mix, and a divorce can become even harder. Using mediation services throughout the divorce process can help make the overall process easier for the whole family.  Creating a parenting plan is part of the mediation process in a divorce and…
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5 Benefits of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act

While using a collaborative approach to dispute resolution has gained popularity in the past few years, the collaborative law process has been around for a few decades. The recent passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in Virginia has many benefits for both lawyers and clients. The regulation of this type of alternative dispute…
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How to Go to Mediation for Divorce in VA

The divorce process can be quite an overwhelming and trying time for anyone. Even if you and your spouse are on good terms, walking through a divorce can stir up many emotions and questions. Instead of taking the litigation route in the court system, many couples choose to work through their divorce through mediation services.…
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Why More People Are Choosing Remote Mediation In VA

  Mediation is an integral part of finding a solution that works for disagreeing parties. In the past, trying to schedule an in-person mediation was often hard to do with coordinating schedules, travel time, and finding that ever-elusive parking spot.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, many mediators could only use remote mediation in VA to reach…
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The Collaborative Process and Clerical Concerns

Divorce, Clergy, and the Collaborative Process

As collaborative professionals, we recognize that members of the clergy are a significant segment of society often called upon by, and indirectly involved with divorcing parties and their families. In an effort to inform and educate clergy, the authors assembled an article to inform both the clergy and their members about the collaborative divorce process.…
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How Child-Centered Divorce Mediation Can Help Your Family

How Child-Centered Divorce Mediation Can Help Your Family

Divorce is hard, no matter the circumstances. While your divorce could be relatively amicable, it still requires an adjustment and uprooting from the life that you once had together in marriage. Divorce often gets messier when children are involved as your family struggles to find a new normal between households and custody battles. January is…
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What is Cultural Sensitivity in Mediation?

While we are all humans, we all don’t come from the same cultural background. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we all have different opinions and upbringings that affect how we view the world. Being culturally sensitive is a vital part of cultivating a life that includes and involves everyone. There is…
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10 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Sensitivity Through Training

As professionals working with different people groups, it is essential to understand that everyone who comes to the table has a different story and background. They are uniquely different and yet often the same in some ways. Working with people, especially those who have a conflict, always involves friction that can intensify if someone at…
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