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Attorney Mark Baer is recognized as a ‘thought leader’ in many areas of Family Law for his provocative and forward-thinking ideas on improving the way in which Family Law is handled. As a former litigator who advocates the use of mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, Attorney Baer points out the inherent flaws that exist in litigating Family Law matters, then reveals more creative and less destructive approaches. Utilizing his vast array of information and knowledge, well beyond the law itself, Mr. Baer provides insight on how the dissolution of familial relationships, as typically practiced, leads to less-than-optimal results, both financially and emotionally. He also highlights the difference between ‘dispute resolution’ and ‘conflict resolution’ to offer simple ways of achieving a better result for all parties involved including the children.

WHO IS MARK BAER?

Family Law Attorney Mark B. Baer uses a unique, integrative approach which utilizes law, psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience, economics, philosophy, and other disciplines. An advocate of using consensual dispute resolution processes such as mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, Attorney Baer considers the psychological and financial health of the entire family and assists them in navigating the emotional waters of Family Law. He also helps those who attend his lectures acquire new skills that can strengthen and empower them to better cope with future challenges.

Mark Baer’s Family Law practice offers a range of services that pertain to marriage, dissolution of familial relationships (including marriages, domestic partnerships and non-marital relationships involving children), legal separations, parenting plans, time sharing schedules, child support, spousal support, pre-marital agreements, and pre-domestic partnership registration agreements.

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How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

(6) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Generally speaking, mediation is unregulated, which means that anyone may call themselves a "mediator" and any process involving a "mediator" is called "mediation." On October 22, 2014, I read a wonderful eBook by Brandon S. Peters titled "How to Select the Best Mediator." In his book, Mr. Peters...

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The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 6:01 PM

On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if a couple chooses to enter into a "covenant marriage," which limits the grounds available for divorce, they must first receive pre-marital...

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The Term Homophobia Is Improper

(77) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:12 AM

This is now my third post in a row on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The fact that I am writing on this topic is utterly ironic because I had long ago refused to touch the issue in a post because I didn't want to risk it negatively...

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Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 3:33 PM

In my article titled "Select the Mediator Carefully," among other things, I said, "In order to select a mediator who is able to satisfy your needs, you must do so based upon 'real evidence' and this is where client testimonials are of utmost importance." This statement is not...

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The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

(22) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:31 AM

My blog post "The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information" was published Sept. 11, 2014. The response to that blog post, both positive and negative, has far exceeded anything I could have imagined. In any event, after reading through the numerous comments on that...

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The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

(789) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:34 PM

On September 3, 2014, Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana was the first federal judge to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage since the United States Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor on June...

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Select the Mediator Carefully

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Why are people more willing to spend time purchasing a car than they are in selecting an attorney and/or mediator to assist them in resolving matters pertaining to their family? "JD Powers said it takes the average person around 36 hours to purchase a car. That includes the...

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Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:43 AM

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.

Critical thinking is "the objective analysis and evaluation...

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Republicans Are Stripping Away Rights That Others Fought So Hard to Obtain

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:36 PM

On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision on the long awaited "Hobby Lobby" case. In its opinion, the Supreme Court stated, "At issue here are regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

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The Impact of Relationship Apps On Family Dynamics

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Marriage is a wonderful institution that affords couples significant psychological, emotional and financial benefits, in addition to being a commitment of their love to each other. Unfortunately, nothing worthwhile is easy, including marriages. If couples want their marriages to succeed, they must work at them. Furthermore, a marriage involves two...

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Just How Amicable Is Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' Divorce?

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:17 AM

I don't typically write about celebrity or high profile divorces because I want my material to speak for itself, rather than having it receive attention for some parasitic reason. However, when I read the headlines and articles about Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' divorce, I felt compelled to speak up....

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What Is Required to Make Collaborative Divorce Truly Collaborative?

(3) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Those of you who have been reading my series of articles about "Collaborative Divorce" should be well aware of the fact that I have quoted Stephen Willis, Ph.D. extensively throughout that series. As I have mentioned in the past, Dr. Willis is an expert on the subject of collaboration. He...

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'Collaborative Divorce' Is Collaborative in Name Only

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:04 AM

On May 2, 2014, CNBC published an article by Deborah Nason titled "Collaborative divorce can ease emotional, economic stress." While it is a wonderful article, it contained a great deal of inaccuracies, in my opinion.

First of all, it is misleading to refer to collaborative divorce as...

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Is the Home Paternity Test a "Game Changer?"

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 5:07 PM

On May 26, 2012, I published an article titled "A Family Is Created When a 'Child Happens' from Non-Relationship Sexual Intimacy. In that article, I explained that under common law, a child born during marriage is presumed to be the child of the marriage. Keep in mind, however,...

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Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:18 AM

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first article I wrote on that subject was titled "'Pit Bull' Attorneys and Family Law," which was published in the March/April 2010 edition of...

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The Consequence of Unenforced Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:04 PM

The Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Divorce Institute provide in pertinent part as follows: "All Collaborative Divorce team members have been trained in Collaborative Practice and adhere to the Code of Ethics of their respective disciplines....

• If a team member becomes aware that either Client...

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Must Parties Confirm That They Are Open to Settlement For Mediation to Be Effective?

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:49 PM

I want to once again deconstruct aspects of Franklin Garfield's article titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?" because I find it an effective way of raising certain aspects of mediation, bringing about a discussion on those issues and educating people. Mr. Garfield's fifth practice...

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What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

(8) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 2:07 AM

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the skills needed to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome for the clients and their family through its interdisciplinary team approach to divorce. It...

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Enlightened Parents Learn from Both the Successes and Failures of Others

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:01 PM

When people think of "history," they generally think of the history classes that they took in grade school, high school and possibly in college. I remember studying history in school and repeatedly hearing my classmates complain that the material was boring and that the past held little or no importance...

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What's Truth Got to Do With It?

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:33 PM

According to Franklin Garfield, "Family lawyers who participate in the mediation process directly [should] explain how contested issues are likely to be resolved in court." In his article titled "Budget cuts lead to dysfunctional family law departments" that was published in the April 9, 2013 edition of the...

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