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Family Law Mediation

Is the Adversary Model Appropriate or Suitable for Family Law Matters?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Divorce doesn't impact children, especially if they are adults, does it? When families are "ripped apart by divorce," it has no consequences, right? ...

Cohabitation, the Termination of Alimony and Cell Phones

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

The termination of alimony is a touchy subject for those paying or receiving the financial support post-divorce. Proving cohabitation is a challenging, costly proposition.

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

5 Reasons We Marry The Wrong Person

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Think back to the days leading up to your marriage. Were you young and carefree? Were you desperately seeking Mr./Ms. Right? Were you independent, ...

If You Could, Would You Reverse Time and Have a Divorce Do-Over?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

why is it that most of those same people, facing the inevitability of divorce years later, don't also approach the divorce planning process in a similar fashion as a wedding?

What Does Mediation Really Mean?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those involved in the legal system have created confusion in the marketplace regarding the concept of mediation itself. If those involved in the legal system don't know what mediation is supposed to be, how can we expect the general public to grasp the concept?

Mediating Your Summer Camp Squabbles

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

As the school year comes to an end, many parents are making summer plans for their children. Married or divorced, this topic often causes many heated arguments!

Mediation Myths and Misunderstandings That May Affect Your Decisions in Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

The unknowns and avalanche of effects falling like dominoes are often too overwhelming for one person to handle: "How do I start the process? When is the best time for me to initiate the divorce? If and when I make the decision to divorce, should I litigate or mediate?" It can be mind-boggling.

The Personality and Philosophy of Attorneys Impact the Results

Mark Baer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

In family law, we are dealing with people who had been sexually intimate. Family law frequently involves couples who have children together. In no other area of law are people giving or receiving money without the concept of fault being involved.

Celebrating Mother's Day as a Stepmom

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

It's a new generation, and blended families are the new norm. This realization struck me yesterday, when my stepdaughter, a third-grader, relayed the details of her day at school.

How Much Do You Trust Your Former Spouse?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.07.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

How many of you would consider sharing a checking account with your ex after the divorce is final? I'm not just talking about the joint bank account, where only specific funds are deposited and withdrawn for spousal and child support monies. I'm talking about a truly shared account.

How To Determine If You Need A Marriage Counselor Or Mediator

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Conventional wisdom holds that marriage counselors are in the business of fixing relationships, while mediators are in the business of dismantling them.

Divorcing Mr. Mom

Katherine Eisold Miller | Posted 06.02.2013 | Divorce
Katherine Eisold Miller

Traditional assumptions about gender roles may be weakening in today's marriages, but they are going strong in divorce. Women who were the higher-earners in their marriage don't want to pay alimony, and many men are uncomfortable receiving it.

Why Divorce Lawyers Are Set Up For Failure

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Almost everything that clients and courts ask lawyers to do sets them up for failure. And as a result, you're also set up for failure.

A Thank-You Note To My Ex Husband

Diana Mercer | Posted 03.24.2013 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

It's tempting to just remember the bad parts of the marriage, but you're doing yourself a disservice if you forget the good stuff.

Lessons Learned From Boiled Frogs

Alison Patton | Posted 03.06.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

I recently heard the "boiling frog story" for the first time. It goes like this: a frog will jump out if placed in a pan of boiling water, but if submerged in cold water that is heated very slowly, the frog won't jump out and will actually allow itself to be cooked to death.

Why Courteney Cox And David Arquette Are The Coolest Divorcees Ever

Diana Mercer | Posted 12.30.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

David Arquette's reputation for being a little playful and unconventional seems to have spilled over into his divorce. At least the unconventional part.

Can Your Divorce Lawyer Answer These 9 Questions?

Diana Mercer | Posted 12.24.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

There is a lot of incentive for litigation attorneys to blow sunshine up your skirt and tell you what you want to hear.

Top Secret Divorce Advice From A Divorce Lawyer

Diana Mercer | Posted 10.11.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

So here's the inside scoop. I've been a divorce attorney for 23 years and as a result, every single one of my friends (both actual friends, and Faceb...

Basic Co-Parenting Tips

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

It's hard enough as a married couple to keep lines of good communication open and flowing...

Negotiating Your Divorce Settlement

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Negotiating isn't about getting the biggest slice of the pie--it's about learning to make the pie bigger.

Top 10 Ways To Save Money In Your Divorce

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

I've been practicing divorce and family law for 22 years. Back when I litigated divorces, I drove a Rolls Royce. I'm not kidding. I traded that car ...

Top 5 Prenup Myths

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Prenups have come a long way since old rich guys used to beat trophy wives out of any kind of marital rights and support. In fact, those old-school a...

10 Best Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Before I became a mediator, I was a divorce litigation attorney for 12 years. My nickname was "Jaws." Litigation was fun--for me, the lawyer--but pr...

10 Things to Know Before Filing for Divorce

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Over 95% of all divorce cases settle before they go to trial...