Category Archives: Divorce

What You Should Know About Temporary Child Support

Are you and your spouse dealing with a separation, which will ultimately lead to a divorce? This entire process has so many moving parts, and when you have children involved, it makes it seem even more daunting. But, when you utilize the collaborative divorce process, you have a team of experts who are ready to […]

Divorce and Post-Traumatic Stress – What You Can Do

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Often our clients reflect on negative emotional flashbacks such as arguing, yelling at each other, cursing, screaming, violence or unfaithfulness as some of the catalysts for a divorce. This type of home environment likens itself to a warzone, leaving emotional scars that can last a lifetime for anyone in the family. And with these scars, […]

The Wild, the Weird and the Wonderful

One of the most important missions at LACFLA is to be able to not only help couples who are divorcing through the collaborative divorce process but also help the many various professionals who make up the growing group of collaborative divorce teams in California. By offering free monthly professional educational sessions through various discussion groups, […]

How Divorce can Affect a Child’s Mental Health

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By Ria Severance, LMFT As couples reach the place in their marriage where they feel a divorce is the wisest step forward, couples with children, including adult children, are advised to thoughtfully consider how the children will process their parents’ getting a divorce, and how their restructured family landscape will be altered going forward. Work […]

Midlife Crisis and Divorce

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By Ria Severance, LMFT When you experience a mid-life crisis due to developmental or life-changing events, you may notice on the other side of these events that you do not imagine yourself continuing in your marriage. The number one reason people give for divorcing is that they’ve “grown apart.” Maybe you’ve spent over a decade […]

How Collaborative Divorce Came to Southern California

By Joe Spirito In 2000, collaborative divorce made its way from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where it was founded by Stu Webb, to Southern California. At the time, it was a promising idea that had started to gain some regional traction, but hadn’t been practiced in Southern California yet. Collaborative divorce is a consensual dispute resolution process […]

Divorce, Taxes and Selling Your Home

During a divorce, your family home may be sold in the asset division process, but it’s hard to make sure all your options are considered. When you choose to get a divorce through the collaborative process, a financial neutral is a vital part of the team, especially when selling your home is part of the […]

Divorcing Before the Holidays? How a Collaborative Divorce Might Be Right for You

While it’s not a present that one dreams about receiving during the holidays, divorce happens more than most realize during this time, and it can be a complicated process. However, all is not lost, and your holidays are not doomed to disaster. When you choose to work within the collaborative divorce framework, a peaceful holiday […]

Why Include a Mental Health Professional on Your Collaborative Divorce Team?

It’s no secret that getting divorced is emotionally difficult. So, it is vital that parents consider what their children are feeling when they decide to divorce. Conflict can have a long-lasting effect, years after the divorce is over. Research is very clear that it is not the divorce but the conflict that is harmful to […]


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