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    Collaborative Divorce: A New Paradigm
    by Pauline H. Tesler, Peggy Thompson
  • The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court
    The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids--Without Going to Court
    by Stuart G. Webb, Ronald D. Ousky
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    Stop Fighting Over The Kids: Resolving Day-to-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations (Mike Mastracci's Divorce Without Dishonor)
    by Mike Mastracci
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    Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
    by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
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    Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson

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     Our firm is - me.  That's it.  You won't be turned over to another lawyer in the office because there aren't any. All I do is family law, all day, every day.  It's what I've done exclusively for over 20 years.  Every family law attorney is a little bit different; choosing an attorney is intensely personal.  You should be certain your attorney's personality and philosophy of family law are consistent with yours.  

     My philosophy is simple:  it's not my life; it's yours.  My job is to make sure that two things happen: first, that you clarify your vision for your life, post divorce or custody case;and second, that you choose the right process for your vision to become a reality.  What that means for you is that we work together as a team, sharing information, brainstorming and problem solving.  I provide you support, information and help you advocate for yourself and your family even as I am advocating for you.  I help you decide whether mediation, collaborative divorce,traditional negotiation or litigation are the correct process for you and your family; and I support and guide you through whatever process you choose as right for you.  You are never alone.  
     Sometimes, instead of acting as someone's attorney, I am the mediator in a case.  The courts in Frederick and Montgomery Counties use my services as a mediator to help resolve family law cases, andI also act as a mediator in private mediations.  Then, I am not acting as an advocate for anyone, but helping facilitate both sides to hear each other, problem solve and reach solutions that are acceptable to them.
     In yet another role, I am also a parent coordinator.  This role is kind of like a mediator, in that I help parents identify parenting issues and reach acceptable decisions for their children. I also help parents learn to communicate with each other more effectively.  Again, I am not acting as anyone's lawyer, but rather as a mediator and educator.