Divorce Mediation

Monday, March 12, 2018

Reality Check: Five Questions to Ask BEFORE Filing for a Divorce

On television and in the movies, when a couple decides to divorce they typically feud and fight, divvy up their assets, and make a fresh start. Real life divorce is (usually) a bit more complicated. Particularly when children are involved, surveys indicated that disgruntled married parties contemplate divorce for years before taking any action. 

So how do you know if you should give your marriage another try or call it quits? Recently the New York Times asked marriage experts to name the top questions you should to ask yourself before contacting a lawyer or mediator. Here are five important ones to consider:

  1. Have I clearly communicated my concerns to my spouse? 
    Its important to remember that even in the best of times, your spouse cannot read your mind.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Five Steps To Finding Your Ideal Divorce Attorney

Hiring a divorce attorney is a process that most people aren’t prepared for until they are faced with the task. Divorce is one of life’s most stressful events, and making decisions while under duress can lead to less than wise choices. So how do you determine the best person to represent you and your interests?

First, take a deep breath. Selecting a family law specialist is an important decision and shouldn’t be made in haste. These five steps break down the process and can help you make an informed choice.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Taxing Matters: Reform Means Future Change for Divorced Couples

When you’re going through a divorce, one of the last things you probably consider is how it will impact your annual income tax. But understanding the basic tax consequences can help you plan accordingly — and eliminate an unpleasant surprise down the road.

Although you should always consult with a certified public accountant (CPA) or tax expert for tax-related questions, the following is a brief summary from the San Francisco Business Times of how the recent tax reform may affect you.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ring Tones: What should you do with your marriage bands after you divorce?

Your engagement ring and/or wedding band are often the first outward symbols of commitment to your partner. But when uncoupling, dispensing of that marital bling may be the last thing you consider — and one of the hardest to reconcile. For many men and women, taking off that band is the first step towards accepting a new chapter in their lives.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Starting Over: What Do You Really Need?

When you experience the loss of a loved one, it often feels that your life will never feel normal again. Divorce often feels like this, too. There is no set amount of time to get over the feelings of hurt, anger, sadness or resentment that often come along with the end of a marriage. But there are ways you can make the transition seem like less of a “time out” punishment and more of an opportunity to explore new opportunities and to focus on yourself.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Is PESD* Influencing Your Divorce?

Acrimony is on the rise, but you can choose to diffuse discourse.

If you’re feeling a little more on edge lately, you’re not alone. A survey of  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) released earlier this month found that 54 percent of attorneys have noticed an increase in contentious divorces.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Is Unfriending Your Ex a Good Idea?

Back in the good old days, when a couple broke up, they set about their individual lives. If they had kids together, they probably still interacted, but their personal lives were just that, personal. Sure, if you lived in the same town, you might run the risk of having awkward chance meetings. Worse case, you might find yourself on a date at the same restaurant where your ex and his new girlfriend were dining. Today, with

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Time to Talk - Three Easy Steps for Sharing Your Divorce News

The “d-word”. Some people are reluctant to use the term — even when they are about to file for it. It’s understandable. Saying “divorce” out loud makes it real. And even for couples who have been moving towards the end of their marriage for a while, the finality of divorce can give them pause.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Worth A Thousand Words

A family photo goes viral as it recasts divorce stereotypes

There’s a photo on Facebook that’s becoming famous. It depicts a beautiful Mom and a handsome Dad and a cute little boy. They sit close together, grinning from ear to ear, the boy proudly wedged between them. The photo of Victoria Baldwin, Adam Dyson and their son Bruce looks just like a million other family portraits. But, actually, there’s something very unique about this picture.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Assessing Your Options: Divorce Mediation Could A Third-Party Negotiator Make Your Divorce Easier?

Divorce is not one size fits all. Although the Hollywood version of divorce often depicts couples fighting it out before a judge, 90% of all divorces are settled out of court. A variety of factors — such as whether or not minor children are involved, alimony is being disputed, or when there are hi-net worth assets — may influence the way you go about divorce.  Depending upon the situation, mediation is one means of resolving issues that divorcing couples may find useful.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why Social Media May Not Be Your Friend

Guidelines for divorcing in the digital age

For most of us, social media is a daily part of our lives. We love to share everything from images of cute pets to our political rants. Even under the best circumstances, texts, email and social media posts may be misconstrued or taken out of context. But when you’re in the process of divorce, considering what you send —before you post— becomes even more important.

“Going through a divorce always results in heightened levels of personal scrutiny.

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