Author: Robert Raver

Divorce in Focus: Interests Over Positions

Consider for a moment why you want something, not just what it is you want. There’s a difference. We often take positions asking for what we want without divulging the why. It’s an argumentative tactic we learn even at a young age to ensure an outcome in our favor. Yet understanding the distinction between what and why can lead to a faster, or easier, settlement when it comes to divorce […]

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I Quit: Why Leaving the Collaborative Law Process Is Difficult (By Design)

January 12, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Collaborative Law, Divorce

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Throughout the divorce litigation process, clients will ask their attorneys what the chances of success are on a particular motion or position for an upcoming hearing. Without a crystal ball, it is extremely difficult for practitioners to tell clients what will happen, so practitioners are left relying on experience – and anecdotal evidence — to estimate what may happen.  Every practitioner, however, after saying “you have a 50-50 shot at […]

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10 Co-parenting Tips for Divorcing Parents

November 29, 2017 | Blog, Child Custody, Divorce

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For divorcing parents, perhaps the most important co-parenting issue – or hurdle – is how to effectively communicate with the other parent, with whom you may have been unable to communicate about your relationship. As Pittsburgh custody attorneys, we have seen firsthand evidence of how effective communication helps to avoid much conflict in shared custody arrangements. Here are 10 co-parenting tips from our Pittsburgh custody attorneys to assist a divorcing […]

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Hurry Up and Wait: Why Filing for Divorce May Not be in Your Best Interests

November 08, 2017 | Blog, Divorce

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When they first meet with us, many clients, justifiably, are eager to file a divorce action, and end the process as quickly as possible. Indeed, even clients who do not want to be divorced want to end the process as quickly and painlessly as possible. Yet, there may be strategic reasons to wait. Pittsburgh divorce attorneys may file complaints in divorce for a myriad of reasons — to establish a […]

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