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Navigating the Divorce Process:
-Communicate Effectively with your Lawyer-
-Prepare for your Mediation-
-Prepare an Effective Parenting Plan-

 

How to Choose the Best Lawyer for You

  • Choosing your lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make during your divorce.

  • You need someone with experience with the issues you face and someone who won't ask you to compromise your values or your needs.

  • Trish will help you determine the qualifications & experience your lawyer needs in order to represent you in the best way possible.

  • Trish will advise you on what to look for in a lawyer and things to avoid.

 

Streamline Communication with your Lawyer

  • When emotions are high it is difficult to communicate effectively, but when you are dealing with concepts you haven't dealt with before, it makes things even more difficult.

  • Lawyers are very busy and may not take the time to explain legal jargon and processes to you. Being in the dark prevents you from being an active part in your case and may increase your stress level.  

  • Trish can walk you through each step of the divorce process and translate 'legal speak' for you & translate 'emotional speak' for your lawyer.

  • Trish can accompany you to meetings with your lawyer either to speak on your behalf or to take copious notes to clarify for you after the meeting. Many clients find it difficult to process everything their lawyer says because the client is so stressed. Having Trish at the meeting ensures you won't miss or misunderstand pertinent information.

  • Understanding the process and the rationale for the process will help you react more rationally to suggestions and be more apt to make decisions based on facts rather than emotion.

 

Document, Compile & Categorize Evidence

  • Documenting and organizing information is crucial in any divorce regardless of whether you are divorcing via DIY, through mediation or in through the courts.

  • Knowing what & how to document, how to organize it and how to present it to your lawyer in a concise and transparent fashion is a large feat. It can be overwhelming and daunting and requires some know how.

  • Trish can help you devise a system to easily document and organize all information necessary for your divorce and afterwards. This includes financial documentation, communication with your ex-spouse, and documentation of problematic behavior/abuse.  

  • Providing your lawyer with a well documented and organized case can ease your stress level and potentially reduce your legal fees.

 

Create a Comprehensive Parenting Plan

  • Trying to co-parent with a high conflict personality is like trying to put a dress on a cat.

  • Too often people underestimate the importance of a comprehensive parenting plan that clearly delineates how each parenting issue should be handled.

  • Having an iron clad parenting plan is one of the best ways to conflict when dealing with parenting issues.

  • Trish will help you craft a plan that suits your family's needs, will account for your child's developmental stages, and will require the least amount of interaction between the parents as possible.

  • This plan will endeavor to detail all potential parenting issues to avoid misunderstandings & conflict.

  • The plan will also endeavor to provide enough flexibility to allow for the child's developmental growth but not enough to cause confusion.

Preparation for Court, Mediation, Parent Coordination & Reunification Therapy 

  • The prospect of going mediation, court, parent coordination or reunification therapy is enough to make anyone want to run the other way. 

  • If you are dealing with a high conflict individual, going to mediation, arbitration, court or any type of counseling can be hell on earth.

  • If you have been a victim of abuse, you run the risk of not presenting well in court and your abuser stands a good chance at looking like the better parent.

  • It is vital to learn how to emotionally regulate yourself especially when faced with false allegations. You must present yourself in a calm and regulate manner.

  • Trish will teach you what to prepare for and how to respond. She will augment this training with role playing exercises so you are fully prepared for whatever is thrown at you.

  • Trish will also help you present yourself and your position rationally, calmly and in a manner that shows you are acting in the best interest of your children at all times.  

Contact Trish to learn how to be the best advocate for yourself.

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