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My Misadventures After Divorce

Laura Robinson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Divorce
Laura Robinson

I believe divorce is an opportunity for a new life. I divorced at age 39 and decided I needed some fresh experiences. I was open to taking risks. However, this resulted in some mistakes. Here are a few of my misadventures.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

If the Bar does decide to require certain disclaimers in lawyer blogs, how does that impact previously published blogs over which the attorney does not have editorial control?

Divorcing Parents: 4 Ways You Can Be Super Heroes To Your Children

Michael Aurit, JD, MDR | Posted 03.06.2015 | Divorce
Michael Aurit, JD, MDR

The most heroic gift you can give your children is taking every opportunity possible to speak positively about your co-parent. Divorce in itself will not likely damage your children. However, how you choose to get divorced and behave after your divorce will make the difference.

25 Ways to Cheer Yourself up During a Divorce

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 02.04.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Getting through divorce is never easy, no matter what the circumstances. If your energy is drained and you feel as though you're stuck, here are 25 sure-fire ways you can cheer yourself up and boost your energy while going through a divorce.

Litigation Should Come with a Warning

Mark Baer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When children are involved, parents often continue to have a relationship. Mediation can help to develop better channels of communication and to build new, appropriate relationships after divorce or separation...."

The Shower That Washed Away Everything

Shannon Lell | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Shannon Lell

Until that moment I hadn't allowed myself to think about anything good we had. I've had so many feelings toward my ex in the past few years, and love was way far down on the list, but standing in this warm shower on New Year's Eve I allowed myself to feel this emotion.

Is This the Year You Get a Divorce?

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Many husbands are in complete and utter shock when their wives tell them they want a divorce. So when it comes to informing your spouse of your desire to end your marriage, you'll need to choose your time, place and words carefully.

Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Do I mind that my stepkids are referred to as leftover "baggage?" You bet, I do.

Lawyer Paternalism Is A Very Serious Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 03.20.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The "temporary incompetence" of clients due to their emotional state and the attorneys' paternalistic attitude toward clients create a lack of understanding on the part of both the attorney and the client. This is the legal equivalent of a ship that hits rocks, runs aground, veers off course, and possibly sinks.

5 Rules Of Thumb In Choosing A Divorce Mediator

Michelle Rozen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Divorce
Michelle Rozen

Choosing a good divorce mediator is an essential step, and crucial to the success of the process. Here are five rules of thumb in choosing the right mediator for your divorce.

Divorcing? A Few Dos and Don'ts to Help Keep the Holidays Bright for Your Kids

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 02.01.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Here are some "dos and don'ts" to keep in mind to make sure your children remember the holidays for what they are -- a time of celebration -- rather than something they discuss in therapy 20 years from now.

3 Reasons Your Spouse May Be Reluctant to Divorce - And What You Can Do About It

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Now, we're guessing you already know that you can get a divorce if you really want to. But you're smart enough to recognize that if you force the issue, things may take a turn for the worse.

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

Mark Baer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

How Much Does Divorce Cost?

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

It can bankrupt families. Ruin lives. And steal your children's future. So it's normal to wonder how much does an average divorce cost and what are your options for getting one?

5 Steps To A Peaceful And Amicable Divorce

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

The goal for most divorcing couples is to get through the process as quickly and as amicably as possible. So if that's what you want, too (and unless you want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and waste years of your life, it should be), here are five tips for a more peaceful divorce...

Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Would the comfy lounge chairs and soothing smell of lattes create the kind of inviting atmosphere, where people going through the most challenges conflicts of their lives, could open up and discuss their divorce?

What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most who have been through a divorce will tell you that it is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to get to the finish line without collapsing, it is helpful to have a coach guide you from beginning to end.

7 Common Divorce Mistakes To Avoid

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 12.28.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

It's important that you do whatever you can to keep emotion out of your negotiations. A counselor or coach can help you process your feelings constructively so you can gain the clarity you need to make smart decisions during the proceedings.

5 Reasons Why Alimony Should Be Reduced or Terminated if You're Living With Someone

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Alimony reform is on the rise, and there's simply no avoiding it. Nor should there be. One ripe area for change is the circumstance of cohabitation, its effect on spousal support, and the challenges surrounding the ability to prove it.

Halloween Trick or Treat Tips for Parents With Kids of Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

You're now embracing your newfound life co-parenting, your children can and have a right to have a great night and create wonderful memories with their family and friends.

Why Celebrities Should Opt for Fast Mediation When Divorcing

Jim Halfens | Posted 12.21.2014 | Divorce
Jim Halfens

To conclude my story I would recommend for celebrities to stay away from aggressive divorce lawyers focusing on making big bucks with their usual, prolonged court procedures. These should be avoided, not just to save money, but also to make divorces more bearable and positive.

What To Do If You Want A Divorce But Your Husband Doesn't

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 12.15.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Chances are, when you got married, you and your husband were both equally excited to start your new life together. Unfortunately, when it comes to ending a marriage, the situation isn't always so balanced.

Divorce After 30 Years of Marriage. Now What?

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

What you thought would never happen to you officially has. After a 30-year marriage: divorce. Regardless of how everything plays out when the dust settles, there's a good chance that the dynamics of your family will have a new look.

Divorce Industry Benefits Financially from Making Divorces Too Complicated

Jim Halfens | Posted 10.12.2014 | Divorce
Jim Halfens

It is my firm belief that times are changing in the world of divorces and I do hope the changes will go faster than they have over the past 25 years, because trust me, in most cases it is no longer necessary for people to live under unnecessary and uncertain circumstances against expensive costs during their divorce procedures.

5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 10.11.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

If that's true, and your divorce began earlier in the year, it will likely be finalized by summer's end. Leading to a significant change in physical, financial and emotional circumstances for you and your children.