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How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part II

Mark Baer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Except for the years I was in Juvenile Dependency court, where mediation was available for each case set for trial (but not presently, because that court system does not now have the funds to do so), I can count on the fingers of one hand the times when opposing counsel suggested mediation.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part I

Mark Baer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On April 23, 2015, I read an article titled "Solid negotiation skills crucial for family lawyers," which I felt was an important read for both the public and my colleagues. I therefore shared the article over the social media and with the members of the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

Secrets of a Successful Divorce Mediation

Alison Patton | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Alison Patton

Sometimes spouses still can't hear or relate to one another's perspective, even after mediation, but as long as the mediator listens and can honor each spouse's feelings, that can be enough to get the parties to a resolution.

10 Divorce Tips for Husbands

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 04.16.2015 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

Whether or not you're the one petitioning for divorce, it's a good idea to do all you can to coordinate your affairs and look out for your interests. That doesn't have to mean being underhand or dishonest -- just smart.

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Entrepreneurshi#!

Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Jon Vaughn

I called a friend. He said, "Pick five scenarios that you think MIGHT happen at this investor presentation, write them down and get it out of your head." It reminded me of the chorus to The Cranberries' "Zombie." I've been here before, I'll keep fighting.

Handling Your Divorce Like an Air-Traffic Controller

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.15.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Going back to our air-traffic controller analogy, it's time to look at the full picture, but take one thing at time. To decrease the risk of mid-air collisions, follow the PEACE acronym: Parenting Plan, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Child Support and Everything Else!

The Prenuptial Agreement Cannot Be a Secret

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.10.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Times have changed. In the not-too-distant past, prenuptial agreements were not for everyone. The vast majority of people got married without one. The general consensus was that such agreements were only for the 'rich and famous.' In today's climate, people are seemingly more sophisticated than in the past.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 05.07.2015 | 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?

Whoops! The Department of Justice Admits That It Misunderstood U.S. Citizenship Law

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

The DOJ has the authority to issue deportation orders. In a recent decision, the DOJ admitted that it has been misinterpreting certain citizenship statutes since 2008. As a consequence, DOJ officers have been incorrectly ordering U.S. citizens deported. What will the government do about U.S. citizens who already were mistakenly deported?

Chile Steps Forward on LGBTI Rights

María Mercedes Gómez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Latino Voices
María Mercedes Gómez

One year ago, I wrote about the Chilean Senate approval of a measure that supported the "Idea of a Life Partnership Agreement." That vote marked a major advance in a legislative process that I am now elated to say was approved on Wednesday by the Chilean Congress.

Abuse in Marriage & Divorce. Warning. As Goes the Marriage, so Goes the Divorce

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 03.26.2015 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

We marry dreaming of "happily-ever-after." But sadly, 25% of all women in the US (and a significant % of men) find themselves in an abusive marriage or partnership. And when that occurs, most are in denial.

View From the Dark Side

Margaret Klaw | Posted 03.28.2015 | Divorce
Margaret Klaw

I love my job. Many people don't understand that -- they think that being a divorce lawyer sounds depressing. I tell them otherwise; I tell them that divorce is transformative for many of my clients, and that being a part of that process is meaningful and rewarding work.

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.

Family Law Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Michelle Crosby | Posted 03.08.2015 | Divorce
Michelle Crosby

For those who have not experienced it first hand, divorce may seem like an unlikely starting place to change the world. But those of us who deal with divorce every day know differently: divorce touches so many families, we must not only disrupt it, we must fix it.

How Do Smart People Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Unwinding a relationship requires a careful undoing of emotional, physical and financial connections, and must be performed with extreme caution to achieve two intact individuals in the end.

The Best and Worst Things About Divorce During the Holidays

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For most, the roughest moments of the divorce are usually celebrating the first birthdays and first holidays as a divorced family. The juggling of calendars, jostling of kids, and feelings of loss as your traditions are being cast aside can be overwhelming to the newly divorced.

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.

Why You Shouldn't Sign a Prenup

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 01.12.2015 | Weddings
Tamara Shayne Kagel

We all hope for the best when we get married, imagining that we will still be head over heels, 40 years down the line. And even though for some of us, inevitably that will not be true, we all benefit from believing it is.

10 Ways to Show Your Ex is Living With Someone

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For someone trying to demonstrate that a former spouse is living with someone else in an effort to have an alimony obligation reduced or terminated, the job of collecting evidence is much easier today.