Archive for Family Law

Kim Weibrecht to Serve On Dispute Resolution Section for NH Bar Association

ADR for the NH Bar Association

Kimberly Weibrecht, a NH divorce lawyer practicing in Portsmouth and Dover, NH was recently nominated to serve as co-chairperson of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section.

The section of the NH Bar provides a forum for discussing alternative dispute resolution in NH, including training for mediator/arbitrators, ethical rule issues, mediation rules such as the adoption of the Uniform Mediation Act, rules for the Rule 170 mediators, and mediation rules for probate courts and marital courts. This section also keeps the Bar informed about alternative dispute resolution procedures, rules, and precedents nationally and internationally.

NH Divorce Attorney Takes Part in Collaborative Law Alliance Training

Attorney Kim Weibrecht, a NH divorce attorney focusing on collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution, recently took part in a successful 12-hour training through the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire.

Attorney Weibrecht is a member of the Board of CLANH, which hosted the training on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice for 40 new and veteran collaborative professionals.  The Alliance brought trainers from Maryland for the event.

“The number of family law attorneys in New Hampshire getting trained in Collaborative Divorce is a sign that we are gaining momentum.  We still have a ways to go before Collaborative Divorce is as well utilized as it is in most other parts of the country, but we are getting there,” Weibrecht said. “I look forward to future collaborative law learning opportunities from CLANH.”

NH Divorce Attorney Kim Weibrecht Joins Collaborative Law Board

Collaborative Law NH

NH Divorce Attorney Kimberly Weibrecht has been nominated to sit on the Board of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire (CLANH).

A statewide organization of collaborative professionals that oversees training and membership of collaborative professionals in New Hampshire, the Collaborative Law Alliance includes more than 60 trained members.

“It is an honor to be nominated to serve on the Board of the Collaborative Law Alliance of NH,” Weibrecht said. “This organization is committed to providing NH families access to peaceful dispute resolution and I’m proud to be involved in this effort.”

CLANH is a New Hampshire voluntary corporation governed by a board of directors. It was formed by a handful of members of the New Hampshire Bar in 1998 who had too often seen the damage done to families through the litigation process, and who  enthusiastically mobilized upon learning of the alternative originated by Stu Webb in Minnesota. We have trained over 100 lawyers to resolve disputes collaboratively. In 2010, we expanded to include mental health professionals and financial planners in our membership. CLANH is a member organization of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and is proud to be a part of furthering that organization’s goal, Resolving Disputes Respectfully.

Have questions about collaborative divorce? Feel free to contact Attorney Kim Weibrecht for more information on collaborative law or collaborative divorce in NH.

Kim Weibrecht To Serve On NH Public Defender Board

NH Divorce Attorney Kim Weibrecht has been nominated to sit on the Board of the New Hampshire Public Defender, a private, nonprofit corporation which offers New Hampshire a cost-effective means of providing high-quality, reliable representation to indigent defendants.

Kim formerly served as a trial attorney for the NH Public Defender in Strafford County for three years.

“The work of the NH Public Defender is something I’ve long supported,” Attorney Weibrecht said. “I feel privileged to have an opportunity to give back and support the important mission of this organization by serving in an advisory capacity.”

The New Hampshire Public Defender provides affordable criminal defense services and is one of the largest law firms in the state. It is among the most well regarded public defender programs in the country. The program’s attorneys serve clients facing criminal and delinquency prosecution who cannot afford to retain private counsel.  The attorneys work out of nine offices throughout NH. The NH Public Defender’s administrative offices are located in Concord.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Alliance Taps Attorney Kim Weibrecht

Kimberly Weibrecht, a divorce lawyer serving Portsmouth and Dover, NH has been invited to join the Alternative Dispute Resolution Alliance (ADRA).

The ADR Alliance is an independent group of mediation professionals and representatives from the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution section, the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association, and the New Hampshire Judicial Branch’s Office Of Mediation and Arbitration.  The group’s focus is on improving the future of ADR in New Hampshire through strategic planning and coordination.

If you’re wondering about alternative dispute resolution, Attorney Weibrecht is available to answer questions about ADR as a strategy to resolve divorce or family law issues. Contact her by email.

Divorce can carry short-term and future costs

Houston Chronicle – Houston, TX, USA   May 31, 2009

The old line goes it’s cheap to get married but expensive to get divorced. . . . There are, of course, alternatives to DIY divorce that are not as costly as traditional divorce scenarios where both spouses lawyer-up and prepare for a court battle.

These are mediated and collaborative divorces. Read more

Five Things Every Married Woman Needs to Hear About Divorce

Forbes – NY, USA   June 3, 2009

“Not many people enter marriage thinking it will lead to divorce. While accurate divorce rates are difficult to calculate and often unreliable, many social scientists conclude that up to 40% of marriages are terminated. The chances are fairly high that you or someone you know will get divorced….”  Read full article.

Community mediators resolve disputes, improve quality of life

The Olympian — Seattle, WA    June 14, 2009

It’s always interesting to see collaborative law and mediation practices in other parts of the country. The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, WA started 18 years ago and has been quietly empowering people to resolve their own conflicts without lawyers or courts. It saves city and county taxpayers more than $100,000 by mediating divorces and diverting commercial disputes away from Small Claims Court…  Read full article.