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Composer’s Post-Divorce Filings Raise Important Issues

The New York Post recently reported about ongoing post-divorce litigation between composer Peter Fish and his ex-wife, Diane Singer. Ms. Singer accuses Mr. Fish of jet-setting in Switzerland and Greece with a new girlfriend while failing to pay Ms. Singer alimony. She claims arrears of $180,000. Mr. Fish has responded by asking the court to… Read More »

Must a Divorce Mediator Have Children to Understand Child Custody Issues?

The mostly hotly disputed issue in most divorces is child custody. Even if you decide to mediate your divorce because you hope the process will be less adversarial, there is no escaping the parental instinct to fight for your children. And because this issue is so important to you, you naturally want the issue to… Read More »

If You Own a Business, Choose a Divorce Mediator Who Knows Business

Business ownership can be a major point of contention in a divorce, but that doesn’t mean you have to litigate your case if you have a family business. You can resolve issues of ownership, valuation, and future interest through mediation, as long as you choose a mediator who knows business. Whether you enter divorce mediation… Read More »

What’s the Most Important Quality for a Divorce Mediator? Experience!

There are many sayings about experience. It is “the best teacher” because “nothing ever becomes real ‘til it is experienced,” and because “by seeking and blundering, we learn.” Now, those are fine sentiments for encouraging a young attorney not to quit the profession after losing a tough case. But it’s cold comfort for the client… Read More »

Should I Choose a Divorce Lawyer to Be My Mediator?

Divorcing couples choose mediation for a number of reasons: to save money, avoid the risks inherent in a trial, and free themselves from the constraints of the court calendar. Many also choose mediation because it’s a more cooperative process than litigation or traditional negotiation. Finally, some folks choose mediation because they don’t like dealing with… Read More »

Is Mediation Enforceable if One Spouse Backs Out?

Imagine this scenario. You and your spouse agree to mediation as a way to save time and expense with your divorce. Over the course of a few weeks, you attend your sessions and work with the mediator to reach consensus on alimony, child custody, child support, and the division of your property. The mediator drafts… Read More »

Can I Mediate During My Divorce to Speed Things Up?

This is a situation that comes up often. You and your spouse seemed miles apart on your divorce issues, so you figured the only way to dissolve your marriage was by litigating the case in court. Now you’re held hostage to a crowded court calendar, and you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do to… Read More »

Five Qualities to Look For in a Divorce Mediator

In a recent article entitled 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Divorce Mediator, Arizona divorce mediator Michael Aurit lists five qualities spouses contemplating mediation should look for. While much of what he writes is helpful advice, his emphasis is sometimes misplaced, and we must take exception to some of his assertions. If you’re contemplating a… Read More »

Five Ways to Prepare for Your Divorce Mediation

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, a mediated divorce settlement can save you time, money and heartache. But mediation can only succeed if the parties are invested in the process and want it to succeed. In mediation, as with so many other endeavors in life, preparation is the key. Here are five steps… Read More »

Five Tips for Child Custody Mediation

Child custody mediation usually occurs during a divorce, but unmarried parents can choose to resolve their custody issues through mediation, and divorced parents can go back to mediation when substantial changes to their circumstances require them to review and revamp their parenting plan. Whatever the circumstances of your child custody mediation, you can benefit from… Read More »