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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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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Having Kids When You Didn’t Put a Ring on It

Having Kids When You Didn’t Put a Ring on It

Having Kids When You Didn’t Put a Ring on It Whether you and your co-parent decided not to marry, or you married and then divorced, you can’t deny the impact your separation will have on your children. Children from single-parent or split households experience vastly different upbringings from children from two-parent households. That doesn’t necessarily…

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How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children

How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children

How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children Virtually any divorce can benefit from the use of mediation.  The most amicable and most contentious divorces alike can find advantages in mediation because it provides a neutral person to listen to and help find mutually agreeable solutions to any issues.  Not only are their emotional advantages to…

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5 Basic Requirements for Modifying Child Support

As a divorced parent, you may not be aware that modifying a child support order is possible even if you and your ex-spouse disagree. Mediation helps many couples negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement and avoid expensive litigation fees. A neutral divorce mediator assists parents to compromise and reach agreements on common issues in a courteous…

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How to Guide Your Children Through Divorce

How to Guide Your Children Through Divorce Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, but it is especially hard for children. They didn’t ask for any of this to happen. They are immature and unable to really process all the adult things involved in the process. That is why it is up to parents to ensure…

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Key Steps to Handling Divorce With Children

Key Steps to Handling Divorce With Children

Divorce is hard on everyone, but the littlest people often suffer the most when a separation is handled immaturely or improperly. With divorce becoming commonplace in modern society, much research has been conducted concerning divorce with children. Experts agree that communicating openly, expressing love, and listening to your kids are key to helping your little…

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Cooperative Parenting After Divorce

Most parents intend to put their children’s interests first and foremost during the divorce process. However, parents may lose sight of this goal as emotions intensify during the divorce, and communication between parents break down. Those coping with divorce experience the same stages of grief as those coping with the death of a loved one….

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What if I Need an Arizona Child Support Modification?

Agreements to child and spousal support are modifiable. Modifiable means that either party can request that the support be increased or decreased if there is a material change in circumstances such as the age of the child/ren, an increase in salary, a job loss, extended illness or disability. If the supported household got a high…

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Calculating Child Support Through Mediation

Making a Parenting Plan As mediators, we help work through all of the legal, financial, tax, and parenting aspects of divorce. During mediation, parenting arrangements (including legal decision making, time-sharing arrangements and child support) must be formulated1 for minor children. We also prepare a comprehensive Parenting Plan which includes provisions for child support payments, as…

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What Is The Difference Between Sole Custody And Joint Custody?

August 12, 2013 – Phoenix, Arizona Learn About Phoenix Arizona Child Custody Procedures Video Transcript Oliver Ross, Phoenix Mediator: “Sole custody and joint custody, first of all, have nothing to do with how divorcing parents spend time with their children. It’s been a common misconception that, somehow, sole custody meant that one parent would have…

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The Benefits of Mediation Extend Beyond Divorce

Following a divorce involving minor children, continued amicable communication between parents is essential for the best interest of the children. For this reason alone, mediation has benefits that extend beyond the communication surrounding the initial divorce.  For example, according to many former Arizona clients in Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tucson, and other cities throughout the Phoenix metropolitan…

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