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Including a Neutral Financial Professional on the Collaborative Team

By Theresa Beran Kulat In a divorce it goes without saying that money is often front and center in many of the conversations. In my years as a Collaborative attorney (over 17 years), working with hundreds of people to help them complete their marriage, I’ve seen the benefits firsthand of including a Neutral Financial Professional…

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Member Spotlight: Jason Sposeep

We occasionally feature our members (Fellows) so that you can learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Jason Sposeep Profession: Attorney Title: Senior Partner, Schiller Ducanto & Fleck Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce? I practice Collaborative Divorce primarily in the Chicago area but have been involved and really enjoy participating in…

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Member Spotlight: Sandra Petras Bruckner

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) so that you can learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Sandra Petras Bruckner Profession: Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Title: Senior Partner, Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical area)? Primarily in Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties, but…

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Member Spotlight: Sandra Crawford

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) so that you can learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Sandra Crawford Profession: Attorney, Mediator and Educator Title: JD Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical area)? I practice virtually which allows me to practice statewide around Illinois, where I am licensed…

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Member Spotlight: Karen Covy

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Karen Covy Profession: Divorce Attorney Title: Divorce Adviser, Attorney, Mediator & Coach What drew you to become a Collaborative Divorce Professional? After years of watching people hurt themselves and their families by fighting in divorce court,…

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Member Spotlight: Marie Sarantakis

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Marie Sarantakis Profession: Divorce Attorney Title: Principal Attorney of Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd.   Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical area)?  I participate in collaborative divorces cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and Will counties.…

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Member Spotlight: Eva Matela Kogut

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Eva Matela Kogut Profession: Family Law Attorney Title: Partner What drew you to become a Collaborative Divorce Professional? I was drawn to Collaborative divorce because it allows for communication building in a situation in which communication…

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Member Spotlight: Anne Prenner Schmidt

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Anne Prenner Schmidt Profession: Attorney Title: Attorney/Employee Benefits Specialist What do you find rewarding about practicing Collaborative Divorce? Not participating in a litigated process. The fact that I can help people realize that there is a…

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Member Spotlight: Beth McCormack

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Beth McCormack Profession: Attorney Title: Shareholder, Beermann LLP Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical area)? Chicago and Metropolitan area What drew you to become a Collaborative Divorce Professional? I have always wanted…

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Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Felt Wakeman

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Today we are featuring Elizabeth Felt Wakeman. Name:  Elizabeth Felt Wakeman Profession:  Attorney Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical area)? I practice in McHenry County, Kane County, Lake County and the Northwest Suburbs…

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Member Spotlight: Kieron Inalsingh

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Today we are featuring Kieron Inalsingh. Name: Kieron C. Inalsingh Profession: Financial Planner, Financial Specialist, Financial Neutral Title: Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and Mediator Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce (i.e. in what geographical…

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Member Spotlight: Sara Schwarzbaum

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) so that you can learn more about them, Collaborative divorce, and our organization. Name: Sara Schwarzbaum, LCPC and LMFT Profession: Couples Counselor, Divorce Coach, Divorce Counselor Title: Founder of Couples Counseling Associates and The Academy for Couples Therapists What drew you to become a Collaborative Divorce Professional? Working with…

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Member Spotlight: Amy Schillinger

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce and our organization. Amy Schillinger Profession: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Psychologist Title: Divorce Mediator & Coach, Child & Co-Parenting Specialist Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce? St. Charles, and Elgin (Kane County) but now with things virtual, in ALL…

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Member Spotlight: Jennifer Fletchall

We periodically feature our members (Fellows) to help you learn more about them, Collaborative divorce and our organization. Jennifer Fletchall Profession:  Attorney/CPA Title:  Attorney/Financial Neutral Where do you practice Collaborative Divorce? I practice in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. What drew you to become a Collaborative Divorce professional? This was a very personal choice…

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Trying to divorce during COVID-19: How do you live with someone you no longer want to spend your life with?

By Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum Maybe you have been thinking about getting divorced, or have already made the decision to divorce right before the pandemic hit. Maybe your divorce is already in the works, but everything has been put on hold. If you were the one who initiated the divorce, your level of frustration or anxiety…

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Five Ways the Collaborative Process Gives You Greater Control Over Your Divorce Than Traditional Litigation

By Marie Sarantakis, Esq. Couples going through a divorce are often dealing with a great deal of stress. They are navigating several life changes all at once and often do not understand the legal options available to them. Many spouses think that once they’ve decided that they are going to separate, there is only one…

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Can I participate in Collaborative Divorce if I am a victim of domestic violence?

By Nanette McCarthy Principal Partner – Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP If you are considering divorce or have already started in the divorce process, you probably know the COVID-19 pandemic virus has affected the court system. While the courts are doing their best to adjust, many cases previously set for status, hearing, or trial have…

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You Are Not Alone

By Brenda Bridges, CDFA Sheltering in place can lead to feeling pretty alone and isolated. That sense of being alone and separate can also happen during the divorce process, layering on to what is already an emotional process, and it can be a scary time. Working with a Collaborative Divorce team, our clients get help…

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The Many Advantages of Choosing to Divorce Collaboratively

By Ellene Lammers, LCSW Choosing to divorce collaboratively has many advantages. When clients are deciding on which process to choose for their divorce, collaboration can seem daunting due to the costs involved. Collaborative divorce is a team approach to divorce. Each client has his/her own attorney. There is one financial neutral, and depending on the…

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Why Teamwork is So Important in the Collaborative Process

By Ellene Lammers, LCSW Collaborative Divorce is a “newer” approach to divorce. It is newer because many people have never heard of it and have no idea about it’s many advantages, although the collaborative process has been an option for divorcing couples in Illinois for quite some time. Collaborative is a team approach to the…

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Marriage Story Movie is an Advertisement for a Collaborative Divorce

By Patrick Markey, JD The movie, A Marriage Story, was recently released on Netflix and has received a lot of attention from critics and movie fans. Please watch the movie before reading this post if you are concerned about spoilers. The movie follows a married couple with an eight-year-old son going to through a coast…

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The Modest Means Program: Making Collaborative Divorce Services Affordable

The CLII Modest Means Program By David Louis The Collaborative Divorce Process offers a unique opportunity for spouses to divorce in a more supported and productive way. In Collaborative Divorce a team of trained and compassionate professionals works together to help divorcing spouses end their marriage in a respectful and dignified way. Doing that not…

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3 Mental Shifts to Make to Help You Prepare Your Child for Divorce

By Ann Cerney, MS, LCPC Ahhh, the sweetness of your child. Never in your wildest dreams did you believe you’d fall so helplessly in love and feel such fierce protectiveness over a dependent little human. But that you did. And, now, as you are facing divorce, this child, or children, is at the very top…

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Healthy Divorce: How Collaborative Divorce May Be The Healthiest Way To Divorce

By Margaret Zuleger, JD Nobody can say divorce is good for your health, but Collaborative Divorce may be the healthiest way to go through a divorce. Scientific research confirms that stress is bad for our health. Stress raises your cortisol levels, and elevated cortisol levels create inflammation which is known to be the cause of…

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Collaborative Divorces Use Experts in Efficient, Neutral Way

By Rachel Moore, JD Collaborative divorces can involve experts from various fields in an efficient and unbiased way. The use of experts can give divorcing individuals a sense of security that they are making the right decisions to reach the best possible agreement. Some people worry that their case is too complicated to be handled…

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Collaborative Process and the Obligations of Lawyers As “Public Citizens”

by Sandra Crawford, JD, Mediator and Collaborative Professional For a legal dispute to be called a “Collaborative Process” each party must commit to retaining a counter-part lawyer who agrees to work under a signed Confidential Collaborative Participation Agreement as a “team” with the clients and collateral professionals required my the issues presented by the dispute.…

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The Best Reason to Use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

The Best Reason to Use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois by Karen Covy People choose to use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois for a lot of reasons. It is more private than going to court. It costs less than going to trial. Collaborative Divorce provides you with more support than traditional litigation. It also preserves your relationship…

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Seven Things You Never Knew about Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Seven Things You Never Knew About Collaborative Divorce in Illinois by Denise Erlich, JD The divorce process can be one of the most stressful events of a family’s life. If you’re considering a Collaborative Divorce, here are seven things to consider when choosing a divorce option: 1. Collaborative Divorce is Effective One of the most…

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2016 Updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: What You Need to Know

2016 Updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: What You Need to Know by Ted Hans, CFP, CDFA 1977 was an exciting year. Star Wars was released. Hotel California by the Eagles was a big hit. Horse racing’s Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew captured the public’s adoration. Roots, the novel was widely read.…

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