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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.

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.

French Drugmaker On Trial Over Weight-Loss Pill

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living

* At least 500 deaths thought to be caused by Mediator * Drug pulled in France years after other countries * Case put he...

Sarah Shahi Charms as the Lead of USA Network's Fairly Legal

Brad Balfour | Posted 06.11.2012 | TV
Brad Balfour

Though the 32-old Sarah Shahi seems far too beautiful to be a feisty lawyer like Kate Reed in USA Network Friday night series Fairly Legal, the way she plays against her looks illustrates that she understands her character far too well.

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.

The Problem With Prenups: Part II

Laurie Israel | Posted 11.02.2011 | Divorce
Laurie Israel

In mediation, the couple formulates the terms of the prenup, face-to-face, with the assistance of the mediator. Unlike "lawyering up," they are modeling communication, collaboration, and mutual understanding and respect in coming to the terms of the prenup.

The Problem With Prenups

Laurie Israel | Posted 10.30.2011 | Divorce
Laurie Israel

The anger and hurt generated by the prenup process will always be remembered, and can weaken a marriage at the outset, even if the prenup gradually changes and becomes more balanced and narrowly drawn.

The Five People You'll Meet During Your Divorce

Erin Mantz | Posted 10.03.2011 | Divorce
Erin Mantz

When I look back over my divorce period, I remember the times, tears and triumphs -- and the people who moved me toward and away from each. Whether y...

Another International Mediation Fiasco in Libya

Doug Noll | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Without reforms, we will not see improvement in peace efforts. Untold billions of dollars will continue to be lost and wasted and incredible humanitarian disasters will continue to unfold. It does have to be this way.

Russia: Read Your Own Book Before Mediating in Libya

Doug Noll | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Doug Noll

In the Libyan conflict, skilled mediators must look beyond a mere ceasefire and political solution to the underlying structural problems.

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...

Needed: Skilled Mediator for Egypt

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Who is Naguib Sawiris, and what are his qualifications to mediate a complicated and critical transition of power from the old Egyptian regime to a new government?