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How to Approach Your Spouse About Legal Separation

How to Approach Your Spouse About Legal Separation

If you and your spouse have been struggling in your marriage, you may have decided to try separating for a while. For some couples, a separation gives each other a break but also allows for constructive communication and therapy to hopefully get the marriage back on track. For other couples, a separation acts as a…

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Covenant Marriages and What They Mean for Couples

Covenant Marriages and What They Mean for Couples Arizona is one of three states that allows couples to choose covenant marriages. These are unions in which each partner agrees to participate in counseling that underscores the requirements of marriage before the wedding. Covenant marriages are a distinct legal structure in the eyes of the law,…

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Healthy Co-Parenting After Divorce

For many, the word “divorce” brings to mind images of angry parents, exorbitant court costs, and months or even years of court hearings. Sadly, these images are realities for many couples involved in divorce litigation. Statistics show that litigating couples lose a third of the value of their assets to attorneys. Furthermore, litigation fosters competitiveness…

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5 Things Mediation Can Help Solve

Through mediation, couples are usually able to work through divorce proceedings with far less stress than traditional methods. This alternative to court-based divorce can be easier on the kids and is often less expensive than other routes. These and other factors have made mediation services the first choice for many couples. What many people don’t…

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Understanding the Process of Divorce Mediation

Are you dreading a stressful courtroom battle with your soon to be ex-spouse? Divorce mediation is the easiest way to settle your differences with minimal anxiety and expense. As a matter of fact, couples who choose to partake in mediation save more than 75% on legal fees. If you are considering alternative solutions for your…

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Family Mediation: Knowing When to Compromise

Are you faced with legal issues that can impact other members of your family? Whether you are dealing with an upcoming divorce or dividing a substantial inheritance, it is not uncommon for relatives to face off in court. Family mediation, however, is an affordable alternative that allows you to settle your differences peacefully. Here are…

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Divorce Mediation versus Trial

Divorce is never easy. However, relying on litigation to dictate the terms of your divorce can substantially increase both the emotional and financial cost of divorce. Divorce mediation can be used to help you and your soon to be ex-spouse make decisions on your own terms, often with a savings of tens of thousands of…

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Understanding the Role of a Divorce Mediator

Perhaps you have heard about mediation and how effective it is at helping couples navigate through divorce proceedings without the necessity of time-consuming court appearances. However, you may be wondering exactly how a mediator is able to achieve this result. As you consider the many benefits of mediation in resolving your divorce, here is some…

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Five Things to Know About Prenuptial Agreement (“Prenups”)

Unfortunately, many couples decline to establish prenuptial terms prior to their wedding day. This can lead to huge financial hardships and courtroom stresses down the road. Here are some points to keep in mind when considering prenuptial mediation agreements. Who Needs a Prenup? Everyone can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. These documents are in place…

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Family Mediation Can Be Helpful During Elder Care

Family Mediation Can Be Helpful During Elder Care

Caring for elderly relatives can be extremely stressful whether the children or grandchildren take on the caregiving responsibility or hire a professional caregiver. So many things must be decided, including where the elder is to live, who will be responsible for the day-to-day care, who will finance the care and so on. For those blessed…

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The Effects of Addiction on Families and Divorce

The Effects of Addiction on Families and Divorce

Those who suffer from addiction or those who grieve because their spouse is an addict know all too well the pain that accompanies the disease. Whether the individual has issues with drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, shopping or other vices, the effect on families is the same. These destructive behaviors break trust, ruin finances, corrupt communication…

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Long-Term Marriages and Divorce

Divorce is difficult, and often painful, under the best of circumstances. However, when a couple have been married for over 20 years, the emotions are often heightened when this long-lasting relationship ends. Furthermore, there are often unique financial issues to consider. “Grey divorce” is a term referring to an increasing divorce rate for older couples…

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How to Prepare for Same Sex Divorce

How to Prepare for Same Sex Divorce Now that same sex married couples are granted the same rights and obligations as heterosexual married couples, this includes the ability to divorce. And inevitably, as same sex marriages are increasing, so are same sex divorces. What can be done to prepare yourself if divorce seems to be…

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Why Divorce Without Lawyers Is a Better Path to Take

Divorce can be a very intimidating and overwhelming process. Lawyers may add to the stress because of the adversarial nature they tend to bring to the case and the high fees they require. A better option for most people to consider is a divorce without lawyers. That doesn’t mean doing it without any help, an…

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Reducing Conflict in a Divorce

If you’re considering a divorce, you are probably no stranger to conflict already. Frequent arguments and ongoing tension were probably some of the elements that led to the marital problems that have you thinking about divorce now. Does this mean you have to put up with even more stress and conflict when you’re going through…

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Divorce Mediation, Litigation and Confidentiality

When you’re going through a divorce, the last thing you want is for anything about your situation to become public. It therefore makes sense that when you are thinking about different divorce options, your confidentiality should be taken into consideration. The questions become, then, if you decide to take your dispute to court, will your…

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Common Mediation Issues for Families

Throughout the years, mediation has been developed and refined as a cost-effective, timely alternative to litigation. This type of alternative dispute resolution is becoming increasingly popular among families and individuals as a way to resolve arguments and go through legal proceedings without taking the matter to court. What are the most common family issues that…

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How to Achieve a “Healthy Divorce”

A hostile, stressful divorce leads to increased financial and emotional costs for both parties, as well as a negative impact on any children involved. These types of divorces tend to last for many months, even years, and ultimately result in exorbitant attorney fees and increased hostility between the parties involved. Additionally, though both parties hope…

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