Category Archives: Divorce
Can You Mediate Child Custody if You Were Never Married?
When a relationship involving children ends, it’s always a good idea to get a formalized custody agreement in place. Some people have the misconception that they can’t mediate child custody if they were never married. Fortunately, that is not true. Many legal situations can be resolved through mediation: it’s one method of reaching an agreement, which… Read More »
Do You Need Independent Legal Help Before Mediation?
Mediation appeals to divorcing couples because it’s cheaper and more collaborative than litigated divorce. However, many clients wonder if they need their own lawyer before they embark on the mediation process. The answer depends on if you want a professional to explain what you’re entitled to under the law. How mediation works Divorce mediation involves meeting… Read More »
How to Stay Calm During Mediation
Even amicable divorces can get emotional. Divorce is a big change emotionally, mentally and financially, and dividing up the products of your time together can be tough. If you’re dealing with high emotions or a negative partner, it can lead to mediation taking longer than normal. Staying calm during mediation might be tough at times,… Read More »
Valentine’s Day Divorce Filings in New York City
If your Valentine’s Day was less than romantic, take heart: 44 couples filed for divorce in New York City this holiday. In fact, Valentine’s Day tends to be the start of “divorce season,” according to one family lawyer. Although divorce can be a sad and difficult process, it’s also a fresh start. Here’s a look… Read More »
Can Mediation Work When You’re Married to a Narcissist?
Narcissism has become an increasingly hot topic. As our society gains a better understanding of mental health and how it impacts our relationships, many people have found their partner is diagnosed with the disorder, or suspect they may be married to someone with narcissistic traits. Can you pursue divorce mediation when your spouse is a… Read More »
Signs Divorce Mediation Isn’t Right for You
Divorce mediation is often an excellent solution to lengthy, expensive negotiations and court appearances. Unfortunately, mediation isn’t the right choice for every divorcing couple. If you’re unable to compromise, or if one party lets their emotions get the best of them, you’re unlikely to reach a solution—even with the help of a trained mediator. Here are… Read More »
What Happens to the Family Business During Divorce?
Sometimes the prospect of dividing up assets deters people from seeking a divorce. When you own a family business, property division can quickly become complex. Businesses generate income for the family, but they’re also treated as property during a divorce. Here are three major options to divide a business: Co-ownership:If your divorce is amicable and… Read More »
How to Reduce Stress When Asking for a Divorce
Hearing that your spouse wants a divorce can be a huge shock, even if the relationship was faltering for a while. Before you tell your spouse you want to end the marriage, make a plan to reduce your stress and ensure everything is in order. Here’s what to consider: Are you safe? First and foremost,… Read More »
How Your Income Can Affect Custody Determinations
When you choose divorce mediation, the goal is to reach an agreement with your spouse about major issues—including custody—without going to court. Although spouses are entitled to reach an agreement in any way they choose, your income will still have an impact on custody and child support. Here’s what to expect from the mediation process…. Read More »
401(k) Considerations During Divorce
Aside from a house, most people’s 401(k) retirement plan is the most significant asset they own. What happens to the 401(k) during the divorce process? Who gets the 401(k)? 401(k) are owned individually, not jointly. Your spouse can be named as a beneficiary, but you are the sole owner—and the same goes for their retirement… Read More »