When Did Collaborative Divorce Get It’s Start?

What exactly is a “Collaborative Divorce”? When you hear about someone getting a divorce, you probably picture a courtroom and a lot of ill will. It is the most common form of divorce, but it is not by any means the best or only way to go about it. A Collaborative Divorce is a form […]

Written by on June 12, 2015

What are the Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce?

Divorces are a necessary tool for getting out of a bad situation but they are not exactly pleasant. A standard divorce is extremely confrontational, so a lot of stress and hurt feelings are generated while you and your spouse fight over everything. In the 1990s, a group of attorneys got together to try to find […]

Written by on March 3, 2015

How to Tell Your Children That You're Getting a Divorce

When it comes time to tell your children about your divorce, you need to walk a very fine line. You shouldn’t lie to your children but you definitely don’t want to give them details that they aren’t ready for. When you prepare yourself for the talk, make sure you have a game plan going in. […]

Written by on October 30, 2014

How Does Divorce Effect Children?

If handled correctly, your divorce will affect your children as little as possible. It doesn’t often play out that way though. Many parents make the mistake of dragging their kids into the middle of a divorce and using them as weapons against each other. There is a better way to handle a divorce proceeding and […]

Written by on October 20, 2014

Live or Work in the Downtown Atlanta Area?

We have an additional location to provide you with more options! With the understanding that a significant number of our clients live or work within the Perimeter, Waggoner Hastings recently opened an additional office location in Atlanta. While our operations are still primarily held within the Alpharetta office, we are now able to schedule appointments […]

Written by on September 14, 2014

What Makes a Collaborative Lawyer

All true collaborative cases have the same basic structure: two collaboratively-trained lawyers and a participation agreement outlining the rights and responsibilities of the parties and the professionals.  I know lawyers who call themselves “collaborative” because they simply think they can work well with other attorneys.  Without two lawyers who have taken special training in collaborative practice, […]

Written by on August 23, 2014

Just Fine, Thanks

I subscribe to an Internet “clip service,” in which I get an email every day listing articles in my areas of interest that have been posted on the Internet in the last 24 hours.  Articles come from all across the U.S., and across the world. It’s a great way to stay up to date with […]

Written by on July 6, 2014

What's the Difference? Options for Divorcing Couples

At a recent social function someone asked me whether a person could be forced to get a divorce if he or she doesn’t want one. Although we as family lawyers understand the everyday details of divorce, we sometimes forget that other people don’t. My law partner, Andee Hastings, and I spent a recent weekend exhibiting at […]

Written by on June 19, 2014

Problem Solvers, Not Warriors

This week my law partner and I are exhibiting at the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (GAMFT) conference. I love talking to marriage and family therapists about collaborative practice  because they really understand how proactively addressing the parties’ emotional reaction to a divorce can make the process so much easier on everyone, especially the […]

Written by on May 17, 2014