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When Divorcing, Beware of Meddlers!

Mark Baer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I was recently contacted to potentially mediate a litigated divorce matter prior to trial, which is rapidly approaching. My name had been included on a list from the attorneys, along with two other mediators.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Final Part

Mark Baer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Since this is the final article in this series, I am finally going to share the answer I gave the attorney colleague of mine who asked me the following question: "Any thoughts on how to make money as a family lawyer when you're not prepared to screw the other side?"

A Case for Mediation

Mallory Stevens | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Mallory Stevens

Everyone wants to feel heard, and, particularly in conflict -- when emotions are often inflamed -- it's easy for understanding to be compromised and agreement to seem impossible. Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, can remedy that.

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.

Is the King Solomon Story Really About Mediating or Judging?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It's amazing how many ways Biblical text can be interpreted and the fact that the same people are willing to interpret the exact same text differently for their own selfish and self-serving purposes, as the need arises.

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?

Cuba: My State of Conflict

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 04.19.2015 | Miami
Elinor Robin, PhD

Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I've lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba's culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite the country's shroud of secrecy and mystery.

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.

Divorce Confidential: The Case for Privacy in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Divorce is not an easy process, but it may be even more difficult for individuals who value their privacy. Fortunately, there are options for those interested in a confidential divorce, and it's definitely something to consider if it's important to you and your family.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

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

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

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

Mark Baer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

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 attenti...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 5 Tips for Dealing With Family Conflict

Marie Marley | Posted 08.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Having a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a stressful situation for everyone involved. The conflict typically affects the primary caregiver more than other family members.

Co-Parenting: Signs That You Are on a Collision-Course

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

It goes without saying that we all want what's best for our children. Unfortunately, trouble arises when what's best for our children has multiple meanings.

8 Ways To Prepare For Your First Mediation Session

Michelle Rozen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Michelle Rozen

So, you have scheduled your first mediation session and from what I hear from my clients, I am sure you must be nervous. How will it go? How will the other party behave? What will they say or do? How to prepare and what to expect?

Which Would You Choose -- Mediation or Litigation - When Seeking Child Support Modification?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Since the amount of child support one is required to contribute is formulary and based on statutory guidelines, it stands to reason then that modification of child support would be requested when there is a "substantial change of circumstance."

The Dos and Don'ts Of Divorce Mediation

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Though most of us negotiate every day in our personal relationships, it is difficult to muster up the courage to apply the natural skills we possess, when confronted with a dispute with our former or soon-to-be-former spouse.

Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings About Parenting Coordination

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Simple misunderstandings often negatively effect our perceptions and opinions about things. What we overhear isn't always "truth," and what we say may not always be what we mean.

Signs It's Time to Engage a Parenting Coordinator

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

How will you know when it's time to engage a parenting coordinator? Will you ever know? Will your attorneys or the judge tell you it's time?

How to Help Your Children Cope With Divorce?

Michelle Rozen | Posted 08.06.2013 | Divorce
Michelle Rozen

Separation and divorce can be devastating but there are things you can do to support and comfort your child. Challenges that are confronted effectively can improve relationships and strengthen your child's ability to cope.

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?

Five Best Choices You Can Make When It Comes to Your Divorce

Michelle Rozen | Posted 07.13.2013 | Divorce
Michelle Rozen

If you are contemplating a divorce or are in a period of separation, it can be a scary time in your life. There are many uncertainties: What about the kids? Who gets the house or car? How will I be able to live? How does all of this work?

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.