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How Should I Prepare for a Child Custody Mediation Session?

Most child custody disputes arise during a divorce, but unmarried parents can also use mediation to settle custody issues, and parents who are already divorced can use mediation to adjust aspects of their parenting plan that aren’t working. But whatever circumstances you find yourself in, there are positive steps you can take to prepare yourself… Read More »

Should I Choose Divorce Mediation for My Children’s Sake?

There are many good reasons to mediate a divorce, not the least of which is how mediation can benefit your children. When a divorce goes to trial, conflicts escalate. There’s additional pressure on the parties, and that pressure trickles down to their children. Additionally, when the issue of child custody goes to court, a judge… Read More »

What Are the Three Different Approaches to Divorce Mediation?

Parties who are considering mediation to resolve a family law issue often have different expectations about the process. This is because, within the world of people who practice mediation, there are different approaches with different emphases. Basically there are three schools of thought when it comes to mediation: Facilitative — In this type of mediation,… Read More »

What Are the Advantages of Divorce Mediation for High-Net-Worth Couples?

If you and your spouse have a high-net-worth marital estate, and you are planning to divorce, you might be tempted to litigate your divorce aggressively to ensure you walk away with the lion’s share of your assets. However, that strategy has several disadvantages, such as: Publicity — There is nothing the tabloids love better than… Read More »

How Do I Get What I Want in Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, the first rule to getting what you want is to understand that no one gets everything they want. Once you acknowledge that, you can more readily implement strategies that can help you get most of what you want. You probably already understand basic principles of negotiation from work or private life that… Read More »

Can Divorce Force You to Put Off Retirement?

If you are over 50 and considering divorce, you need to know how a divorce could affect your retirement. That’s why it’s so important to work with an attorney who understands how to avoid common pitfalls. Studies have shown that divorced persons tend to have less money saved for retirement than married persons, and that… Read More »

Can Mediation Work When You’re Divorcing a Business Partner?

It’s not unusual for partners in a marriage to also be partners in a business. But if the marriage fails, do the business partners also have to divorce? And if they do, is mediation still a viable option for dissolving the marriage and the business partnership? First, let’s break down the issues. Just because two… Read More »

Is Mediation Appropriate for Divorce-Relocation Disputes?

One of the most contentious child custody conflicts involves a custodial parent who wants to move with the children to a distance far enough away to burden the noncustodial parent’s visitation rights. Custodial parents naturally look at the situation from their perspective: the move brings opportunities for a new job, a new relationship, or a… Read More »

In a New York Divorce, Who Gets Custody of the Couple’s Pets?

Throughout the country, pet custody disputes are increasingly being litigated during divorce actions. According to an article in the New York Times, a 2014 survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported a 27 percent increase in pet-custody cases from the previous five years. So if you are concerned about how your divorce will… Read More »

D’Amato Divorce Shows How Ugly Child Custody Disputes Can Be

Former U.S. senator Al D’Amato is embroiled in a contentious child custody dispute with his wife of 14 years, Katuria Smith. D’Amato, 80, got an order for temporary custody of the couple’s two children, Alfonso, 9, and Luciana, 7, two days after Smith, 51, filed for divorce. According to a story in the New York… Read More »