Collaborative Divorce Presentation Scheduled October 3: Resolving Disputes Respectfully with a Commitment to Avoiding Courtrooms

The Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association features CFLG San Diego members Hildy L. Fentin, CFLS; Myra C. Fleischer, CFLS; Justin A. Reckers, CFP, CDFA; and Constance R. Ahrons, Ph.D. in a seminar on Collaborative Divorce on October 3 at 12 noon at the SDCBA Conference Center.

The goal of Collaborative Divorce is to transform the resolution of family law issues through processes that protect the emotional and financial integrity and health of all the people involved without having to resort to court litigation.

The presenters will introduce attendees to the Collaborative Divorce process, including the:

  • Definition of a Collaborative case
  • Core goals of the Collaborative model
  • Make-Up of the Collaborative team

Common misunderstandings of the process and how to begin to practice Collaborative Divorce will also be addressed.

Core elements of contractual and personal commitments in Collaborative Divorce are:

  • Negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues
  • Maintaining open communication and information sharing
  • Creating shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all

Click here to download the PDF flyer. Click here to register for the Live Internet Webcast.

Note: The program is intended for attorneys and law students, and is not open to the general public.

See the calendar of events page on the SDCBA website here for more information.




What Divorcing Parents Must Do When Spring Break and Teenagers Mix

By Julia M. Garwood, CFLS, Attorney at Law, Garwood Family Law and Mediation

Spring BreakSpring break will be going on across the nation for the next month.  Various schools will be getting out for one to two weeks.  What do parents do when one parent wants to say “no” to their son or daughter’s wishes to go with their high school or college friends to vacation paradises in the United States, Caribbean or Mexico?  The answer is: It depends.

In California, the age of your teenager matters. In California, when your child reaches age 18, the parents really have no legal say. The child is considered an adult. In other jurisdictions, the age of emancipation may be different.

If the child is under the age of 18, what does the order say, whether it was by agreement or a court order?  You don’t have to follow it if the two of you as parents agree, but it is enforceable if one parent wants to allow their child to go on the trip and the other does not.  Complicating this matter may be the opinion of the child.  After all, you are dealing with a teenager.

Will the child be coming to you for the cost of the trip? If so, you can decide if you are going to shell out for the airfare, hotel and miscellaneous costs…. but don’t think these costs will be a replacement for any Court ordered child support if the age of your child dictates that the order is still in effect.

Hopefully, you and your ex-spouse can work out the issues so that everyone is satisfied. Advance planning is the key. Whether your son or daughter goes on the trip or not, a spring break for your child should always be something special, fun – and safe.