Divorce Mediation: A Prototype for Positive Co-Parenting

Divorce Mediation: A Prototype for Positive Co-Parenting

Divorce Mediation: A Prototype for Positive Co-Parenting For many, the word “divorce” suggests images of angry interactions, family fractures, exorbitant attorney fees, and months if not years of court battles. Sadly, these images are realities for couples involved in divorce litigation. Statistics show that divorcing couples typically lose a third of their monetary net worth…

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How Life Insurance is Handled in Divorce Mediation

How Life Insurance is Handled in Divorce Mediation

Divorce makes people face a lot of uncomfortable conversations and make a lot of big life decisions.  Dividing finances is not as straightforward as dividing money in bank accounts or retirement accounts.  One thing couples often do not think about before they enter divorce mediation is life insurance – how does a life insurance policy…

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Understanding How Grief Influences Divorce Mediation

Understanding How Grief Influences Divorce Mediation

Whether a divorce is completely amicable or highly contentious, it is an emotional situation for everyone.  Most people will grieve the life of which they had dreamed of having, grieve the loss of love, grieve the loss of social standing, grieve the loss of a family dynamic for your children, etc.  Grief can be both…

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How Drug & Alcohol Addiction Impacts Divorce

How Drug & Alcohol Addiction Impacts Divorce

It is the unfortunate reality that addiction impacts many families and can be a major factor in the decision to divorce.  Many times, an individual is not aware of their spouse’s addiction at the time of marriage, or the addiction develops during marriage.  Because of this, the addiction was not ‘part of the agreement’ or…

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How the Psychodynamics of Emotions Influence Divorce Mediation

How the Psychodynamics of Emotions Influence Divorce Mediation

The Complicated Emotions of Divorce No matter what type of divorce you are experiencing, any time a couple decides to divorce, there are many different emotional layers involved in the process.  There is often mistrust and anger in divorce, but even the most amicable of divorces will have many different layers of emotions and those…

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Is Divorce Mediation Divorcing Without Lawyers’?

Is Divorce Mediation Divorcing Without Lawyers’?

If you watch a dramatic television show you will often see that one of the first things someone should do when getting divorced is ‘lawyer up.’  By ‘lawyer up’ they usually mean to get a ferocious attorney that will take your ex for all they are worth.  And, while that type of revenge may sound…

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Should You Get a Post-Nuptial Agreement?

Should You Get a Post-Nuptial Agreement?

Post-Nuptial Mediation Whether they have them or not, most people have heard of pre-nuptial agreements.  These agreements are designed to protect the assets of both individuals in the event of a divorce.  Pre-nuptial agreements are legally binding documents that are signed before marriage. But, did you know that there is such a thing as a…

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Mediating a Parenting Agreement for Unmarried Parents

Mediating a Parenting Agreement for Unmarried Parents

Developing a custody arrangement, child support, and a parenting plan during divorce is common and many cases are fairly straightforward.  But, if unmarried parents decide to separate and need to establish a parenting agreement, including custody and child support, the process can be a little more complicated. Rather than arguing in court and getting into…

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Mediating Legal Separation

Mediating Legal Separation

When you and your spouse want to separate but are not yet ready to divorce, you may be considering a legal separation. Legal separation allows you to legally define your respective property rights, financial obligations, and any child-related matters.  This is important because, for example, it protects both parties from incurring additional debt or other…

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Managing Grief in Divorce Mediation

Managing Grief in Divorce Mediation

Regardless of the circumstances, divorce can often feel like a death.  While there might be many reasons you are pursuing a divorce, it also represents the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of a new chapter.  Grief can easily creep in, even when you least expect it, but there are ways to…

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3 Tips for Managing Anger During Divorce

3 Tips for Managing Anger During Divorce

Most divorces, even the most amicable, involve some degree of anger.  Individuals may not even realize how much anger is controlling their actions and choices during divorce.  Divorce mediation is one of the most amicable and effective ways to get a divorce while managing anger but many people mistakenly think they are ‘too angry’ for…

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What Happens to My Pet During a Divorce?

What Happens to My Pet During a Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, there is often a lot of discussion about how custody will be split, how assets will be divided, etc.  But, there is another topic that must be determined in many divorces – what will happen to the family pet after a divorce?  For many couples, determining who will keep a…

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Why You Should Avoid Most Online Divorce Services

Why You Should Avoid Most Online Divorce Services

Get a quick, easy, and inexpensive divorce online.  Sounds great, right?  There is just one problem, divorce is a complicated legal process and online divorces are simply something you should avoid at all costs.  While the sound of a $30,000+ divorce may send you into shock and running for the computer, take your hand off…

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How to Handle Bitcoin in a Divorce

How to Handle Bitcoin in a Divorce

If you have seen recent headlines about Bitcoin, you know just how popular it has become.  Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency, though there are numerous other cryptocurrencies as well.  Cryptocurrency investment works similar to investing in the stock market but because of the nature of cryptocurrency (virtual currency), and the fact that many transactions…

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Decision Making Process in Divorce Litigation vs. Divorce Mediation

Decision Making Process in Divorce Litigation vs. Divorce Mediation

When seeking a divorce, there are a lot of decisions that must be made.  Making mutually agreeable decisions can be challenging during a divorce because there are often hurt feelings, anger, frustration, sadness, heightened emotions, etc.  All of the emotions in a divorce get even more heightened when arguments and testimonies have to be presented…

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