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Minimizing Stress During a Difficult Time Is Within Your Control

We’ve all had times in our lives when we’ve been stressed out, and I know that is only harder to […]

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How to Take Control of Your Divorce

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One of the recurring themes that we see with clients is that they feel completely out of control during a […]

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How to Overcome an Impasse

I often have clients ask how I handle an impasse in mediation. Here is an example of an email I […]

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Why Do We Not Talk About Money?

Recently I was catching up with a friend from college, and we started talking about money. The conversation soon turned […]

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46 STEPS TO ENSURE YOUR DIVORCE RECOVERY: A DEFINITION AND GUIDE

This article was originally posted on sasforwomen.com (view article) and is reposted here with permission. Divorce recovery describes the all-encompassing […]

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Sabotaging the Divorce Fantasy – Part II

If you missed Part I read it here first Now that you and your spouse will likely be sharing time […]

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Why Listening Matters

We’re taught at a very young age that it’s important to learn how to listen, but how often are we […]

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Sabotaging the Divorce Fantasy – Part I

I did not coin this phrase, but I do believe in it. I think that many people who come to […]

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36 THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT DIVORCE

This article was originally posted on sasforwomen.com (view article) and is reposted here with permission. If you are thinking about […]

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Prenups Don’t Scream Romance

Prenuptial agreements (prenups) don’t scream romance, and I know it is probably the LAST thing that you want to think […]

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End of the Year Check-In: Post-Divorce Checklist

As we come to the end of yet, another year, it is always important to reflect on the year that […]

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How to Enjoy the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a difficult time if you’re going through a divorce, especially if this is the first year […]

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Mediation Behind Closed Doors – Part III: How Is Your Process Structured Differently?

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In this 3-part series, I have been discussing nuances of our mediation process, to help those who have never been […]

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What It Means to Be Grateful

Every year at Thanksgiving my family goes around the table, and we share what we’re thankful for. Now it sounds […]

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Mediation Behind Closed Doors – Part II: What does a typical mediation session look like?

So, let’s walk into a session and act as a fly on the wall. Actually, just this morning I had […]

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Guest Blog by Craig Lambert – 5 Reasons to Try Marriage Education

 By Craig Lambert – Craig Lambert Couples Therapy For young couples, the thrill of engagement and wedding preparations can overshadow […]

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The Importance of Premarital Financial Planning

In the past few years, I have attended countless weddings, I guess that’s what happens when you’re in your thirties, […]

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Mediation Behind Closed Doors – Part 1: The Mystery of Mediation

We often have clients come in, and at the end of their first meeting, they tell us how relieved they […]

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How to Be Happy

This past weekend I spent Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with my family in Arizona. Rabbi Bonnie Koppel gave […]

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Managing Family Time During a Divorce

When you are in the midst of a divorce, it can feel like it consumes everything: your mind, your feelings, […]

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How to Manage Your Stress During a Divorce

It is no secret that going through a divorce is stressful, even when each party approaches the process with a […]

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How Prenups Save Marriages

Many people in Southern California are gearing up for a late summer wedding. You may be running around, putting together […]

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Building a Divorce Survival Kit

Before you embark on a long, dangerous hike, you wouldn’t just go out into the woods without supplies. You would […]

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Back to School Tips for Divorcing Families

Going through a divorce can mean a lot of disruptions to your schedule, particularly during the summer when the children […]

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Why August Is the Best Month to Begin a Divorce

Not that there is ever a good time to start the stressful process of divorce, but August is by far […]

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Top 4 Divorce Myths Debunked

As divorce mediators, we are always surprised at how many myths and misconceptions there are out there regarding the divorce […]

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The UK Attempts a Divorce Mediation App

Most people don’t realize how truly expensive a divorce can be until you are faced with the large financial challenges […]

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Real Talk San Diego: What Is Divorce Mediation?

On July 7, 2016, San Diego Family Mediation Center’s mediators Jennifer Segura and Amanda Singer made an appearance on Real […]

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How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

If you have made the decision to pursue divorce mediation, it is always wise to do a bit of research […]

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Military & Divorce: What You Need to Know

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The military life puts considerable stress on all family members. Frequent moves, long deployments, and the dealing with the emotional […]

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What to Do With Your Home During a Divorce

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For many people, their home is their biggest asset. Aside from finances, a marital home holds a lot of emotional […]

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The Difference Between a Mediator and an Attorney

The legal system can be incredibly confusing and complicated. Many different legal professionals may help you with your dispute. You […]

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Top Three FAQ About Child Custody

By far the hardest part about divorce is addressing the issue of child custody (parenting time). Splitting time with your […]

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How to Plan an Affordable Divorce

Everyone knows that getting divorced can cost you. But many people don’t realize how incredibly expensive the entire process is. […]

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Summer Activities for Kids Going Through a Divorce

Summer is upon us! Your children are out of school, and you may be trying to juggle the stress of […]

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4 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Marriage

4 questions to ask your partner before marriage

When you are planning a wedding, you think about the venue, the food, the guest list, and the honeymoon, but […]

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Signs Your Child Isn’t Handling Divorce Well

A child’s world is their family, their friends, school, and the comfort of consistency. A divorce is, without a doubt, […]

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What to Do When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Divorce

Getting a divorce is a personal decision between two people within a marriage. Of course, that doesn’t stop your extended […]

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The Trend of Crowdfunding Divorces

Everyone is probably familiar now with crowdfunding, the process of a community coming together to fund projects, pay medical bills, […]

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Biggest Unexpected Conflicts in Child Custody

When you are involved in a child custody battle, every step forward may seem like a struggle. Even in low-conflict […]

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What Happens in California When One Person Doesn’t Want a Divorce?

In a marriage, it takes two to tango. If one person doesn’t want to dance, the music stops. While divorce […]

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How Divorce Can Impact Your Taxes

While you hopefully have already completed your taxes for 2015, you may already to starting to wonder about how your […]

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When April Showers Bring Divorce Papers

April is one of the most popular months to file a divorce. It can be stressful to be the spouse […]

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4 Ways to De-Stress After a Divorce

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It is no secret that divorces are stressful. They can be emotionally taxing as well as financially straining on everyone […]

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You Would Be Surprised How Much a San Diego Divorce Costs

If you are thinking of getting a divorce, or perhaps you are in the middle of one, you probably aren’t […]

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Creative Ways to Explain your Timeshare to Kids

It is no secret that a divorce is tough on the whole family, especially young children. They may be unable […]

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How to Approach Your Spouse About Divorce Mediation

When you are having marital problems, you may feel as though every conversation with your spouse ends up in an […]

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The Silver Divorce: Splitting After Retirement

When you get married, you hope and dream of growing old together. Unfortunately, sometimes when people grow old together, they […]

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Why February Is Prenup Month

February is the month where we celebrate love! Many couples in San Diego are looking forward to a wedding in […]

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Dating After Divorce: How to Break It to Your Former Spouse and Kids

The dating game can look quite daunting after you have been through a divorce. Odds are, your whole perspective on […]

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Surviving Your First Valentine’s Day After Your Divorce

February is upon us and so is that dreaded day for those newly divorced, Valentine’s Day. While the first one […]

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How Long Do I Have to Pay Spousal Support?

We have all heard the divorce horror stories where a spouse is forced to fork over large amounts of his […]

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Separate Property vs. Community Property

When you are thinking of getting a divorce, you may be nervous about your spouse “taking it all” and leaving […]

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Why Conflict Costs More: Financial Benefits of Mediation

It is no secret that divorce litigation is extremely expensive. In the United States, the average cost of a divorce […]

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Benefits of Blended Family Mediation

Merging two families is tough, especially when there are children involved. Kids that were once strangers are now siblings. You […]

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Biggest Financial Mistakes People Make During a Divorce

Getting a divorce is no walk in the park. It is a complex and often confusing process. When you choose […]

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Co-Parenting During the Holidays

Co-parenting is never easy, but during the holidays it can be downright difficult. The holiday season is usually full of […]

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Going Through a Divorce During the Holidays

The holidays may be the hardest time to go through a divorce. You are probably feeling overwhelmed by images of […]

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Getting a Divorce? San Diego’s Best Resources

Getting a divorce is incredibly difficult, both financially and emotionally. Achieving dissolution with minimal stress and frustration takes a team […]

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The Best Time for a Divorce

Scheduling a divorce can be difficult, particularly if you have children. Deciding when to start the process can weigh heavy […]

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Divorce Confidential: Mediation v. Litigation

When you are having a deeply personal and emotional moment, do you want an audience? Of course not! When you […]

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To Grandmother’s House We Go: Visitation Rights of Grandparents

When a divorce occurs, it is not only a split between two people, but also two families. Grandparents of either […]

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How Do You Find a Mediator?

It has never been easier to find a mediator in your area. In today’s online world, you have many options, […]

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Mediation for Blended Families Podcast by Jennifer and Amanda

Listen to our mediators, Jennifer Segura and Amanda Singer share insight about putting kids first and how mediation can help blended […]

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How to Reduce Stress During a Divorce

Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful events that can occur in your life. You may feel […]

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All Trick, No Treat: The Divorce Litigation Trap

Most divorcing couples want to get things over with as quickly and easily as possible. No one wants to be […]

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Top 3 Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

While a prenuptial agreement (or prenup) is thought of as less-than romantic, it can be one of the best things […]

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Little Girl Gives Advice on Divorce: Why Mediation Is Best

You have probably already seen the viral video of a little girl explaining to her parents why they should get […]

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Top 3 Reasons Women Initiate Divorce

While there are many reasons why couples decide to split, women are more likely to initiate the divorce process. In […]

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How to Deal With Back-to-School Schedules During Divorce

Going through a divorce is a very difficult transition for all those involved. School can bring some much-needed structure and […]

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Divorce Mediation

Once you have decided to get a divorce, it is time to decide on how to proceed. Many couples make […]

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Is Divorce Always the Answer?

Are you facing the tough and emotional question, “Should I get a divorce?” If you or someone you know is […]

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Mediation is the wave of the next generation

Gradually growing in popularity due to the relatively inexpensive nature of being able to solve disputes from the very simple […]

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Can Mediation Work?

Wouldn’t it be great in life if we knew what would happen when we give something new a try? If […]

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Same Sex Marriage and Families

A few months ago, this blog might have sounded quite different than it does today. As you know, the Supreme […]

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Divorce and New Kids with New Spouses

In our hearts, we all hope for the best as we proceed through key life transitions. Naturally, we feel optimistic […]

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Life Insurance and Divorce

Here’s a topic I’m guessing not many of you have thought about. You’re thinking, “we’re divorced, why would I maintain […]

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Mediation vs. Litigation-What are the Facts

Well here it is folks. If you’ve been reading my blog all these weeks, you may have been skeptical about […]

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How Far is Too Far in a Relationship?

On a daily basis, often on a subconscious level, we all make choices defined by emotional and physical boundaries. We […]

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Divorce through Litigation

When the commitment is gone, and the love has disappeared, couples are faced with a number of choices on how […]

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Financially Planning Before Divorce – Should You Do It?

I can imagine as you read the title today, shaking your head in disbelief. Is she seriously suggesting that couples […]

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Life After Divorce – Co-Parenting

The unthinkable has happened. You are divorced and are faced with figuring out how to make it on your own. […]

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Marital Mediation – Can it Help Save Your Marriage?

Does this sound like you? You and your partner or spouse have been arguing for months, and yet the arguments […]

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Cheating? Can you Forgive?

Wow, cheating and forgiveness. They hardly seem to belong in the same sentence, yet some people are able to forgive […]

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Can divorcees be friends?

The ugly, desperate lows we often sink to in the heat of a divorce might make you think you would […]

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Why are so many baby boomers giving up on their marriage?

Baby boomers – about 79 million in number, are those babies born between 1945 and 1964. They were so significant […]

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Premarital Mediation, in addition to Premarital Counseling

For many of us, the idea of needing premarital advice of any kind, goes against the grain of our belief […]

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ADR as First Career-Amanda

Yesterday I had a wonderful interview with Alyson Carrel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern […]

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Are Divorced Families the new normal?

I’m sure most of us still believe in the dream of true love. Somewhere out there, our soul mate is […]

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Pitfalls of Doing your Divorce on your Own

I was talking with a friend the other day who told me about her aunt who is going through a […]

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Suddenly Becoming a Trustee of an Estate

I think we can all agree that we feel most insecure when suddenly, the order and direction of our daily […]

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The Child Tax Credit And Divorce

By Tom Norton, CPA, CDFA The child tax credit is available to all parents of a child under age 17, […]

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A Setback for the Freedom to Marry

  A Setback for the Freedom to Marry     Dear Jennifer, Moments ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

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Child Support – What does it cover? How is it calculated?

Child support Guidelines: – A parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his/her minor children – A parent shall pay […]

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Spousal Support – FAQ

If you’re going through a divorce, you probably have a few questions regarding alimony, including how it’s calculated and how […]

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Fifteen Critical Financial Mistakes in Divorce

Becoming a Financial Victim If you suspect that your spouse is planning a divorce, make copies of all important financial […]

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Is there hope for my Blended Family?

Are you in a blended family that is driving you crazy? Are you getting ready to blend families? This transition […]

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Divorcecorp.com – the Movie

There is a new movie being released this month (January 2014), that exposes family court for what it really is. […]

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Why should I use Mediation?

While mediation has been around as a profession for over twenty years, it has only become mainstream in the last […]

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California Ends Conversion Therapy for Minors.

Today marks one of our most important victories. Today, California put an end to the practice of the psychological torture of […]

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All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

8/29/2013  Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of […]

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Oceanside Office Location Coming Soon!!!!

A new satellite office coming to Oceanside in mid-September 2013. We will start offering appointments on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at […]

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Fairness…

I am always surprised when my clients are stuck on an issue because they are looking to make things “fair”. […]

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Should Mediators also be Attorneys?

Should A Mediator Also Be An Attorney? by Cris Currie Supporting Effective Agreement Among the more hotly debated issues concerning […]

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Mediation for Estate Disputes

 Few issues are more contentious than deciding “who gets what” when creating an estate plan.  Fights over terms in a […]

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Happier Holidays…

Tips to help your client enjoy – rather than avoid – the holiday season. If you’re going through a divorce […]

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I WANT to get divorced, but do not know where to start…

If this is something that you are thinking, you have come to the right place. The best thing about our […]

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I love my job!

I know there are many many people out there who go to work day in and day out because they […]

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Why should I use mediation?

Although it seems like more and more people are learning about mediation and the benefits it can offer you when […]

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San Diego Superior Courts Are Facing Huge Budget Cuts

What does this mean to you…the individual who assumes their justice system will be available to then when they need […]

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Why don’t you believe me?

What surprises me most in  my profession is the amount of people who think I am just making stuff up…I […]

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What do nurses and mediators have in common?

So, I had an epiphany…a client called as said, “thank you for staying on the phone with me and listening […]

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Unaccompanied Minors – How old Should a Child Be to Travel Alone?

Divorce obviously brings about change and sometimes significant change in residence for one or both spouses.  What happens when one […]

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When should we tell the kids?

It is pretty well agreed upon by the professionals that the earlier you tell the children the better.  Most people […]

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Just a thought…

For those of you out there that are co-parenting after a divorce, I have a thought.  As most people know, […]

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Divorcing…try yoga.

As with anything stressful in your life, you need to eat right, exercise and relax when going through a divorce. […]

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Mediators and Legal Advice…

A mediator CANNOT offer legal advice.  This applies to ALL mediators – even if the mediator is also a licensed […]

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Mediation…the wave of the future?

Is mediation the wave of the future?  One can only hope! I have to say that I do believe it […]

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529 plans and divorce – community property to be divided?

College Saving Plans and Divorce (provided by Theodore Sliwinski, Esq.) 1. What is a 529 plan? A 529 plan is […]

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Bring in the New Year with a fresh outlook on life!

After reading several blogs with posts about the unhappy marriages people are living in, it saddens me to think that […]

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Really??? Businesses are financing other people’s divorce???

I recently read an article — you can go here to read it too: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/business/05divorce.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general And I have to say […]

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What exactly is a “Suspended Divorce”?

Sound odd? I thought so too. But there is such a thing. Basically, if there is some reason that you […]

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The reality of “giving” the house to your spouse

We always have couples come in with the same misconception about the community house. The common belief is all that […]

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Does your teen (or tween) need support?

Do you have children between the ages of 11 and 17? If they are having a hard time with the […]

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Why the new trend of couples divorcing late in life?

It is in the news and it is at our mediation table…couples divorcing after 20, 30, 40 years of marriage…why? […]

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Social Security and Divorce

This is an issue often overlooked when divorcing. You do have options when you get divorced…and if you have several […]

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Preparing for your Mediation

This is a great article summarizing what YOU need to do as the mediation participant to prepare yourself for mediation. It is also sets forth what you can and cannot expect from mediation. You should know what you are getting into, and know that mediation is a very different experience from litigation. While it is the best way, it does require YOU to make the decisions, speak up, and not allow agreements to be made that you dont agree with. If you have a hard time speaking up for yourself, you need to think abotu that and how you can change that in mediation.

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Why do attorneys feel it necessary to push clients OUT OF mediation?

While I generally try to avoid lawyer bashing (especially since they are my people…) there are some out there (out […]

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Lawyers vs. Mediators

If you are at the crossroads between deciding to move forward with a mediator or an attorney, this may be […]

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What you dont know CAN hurt you!

When getting divorced, often the most valuable asset in the marriage is retirement. However, that asset is often divided UNEQUALLY…even […]

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Remember the 7 Year Itch? Some believe (and research supports) we are primed to fall in love every 4 years…

Some believe (and research supports) we are primed to fall in love every 4 years. This is a great link […]

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What Matters Most to You?

When divorcing, I think it is SO important to consider what matter most to you, not what matter most to […]

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Retirement Division

Pensions Pensions are significant marital asset. Unless parties agree otherwise a court in a divorce case may enter a Qualified […]

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Parenting Help After Divorce…

While we always try our very best to come up with the most practical and easy parenting plans while mediationg, […]

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Always keep in mind…

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Are you contemplating a divorce?

If you are thinking about a divorce and yet do not know what to do, where to start or how […]

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Long Term Spousal Support

Here is a quick overview of the long term spousal support laws as they pertain specifically to California. In marriages […]

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spousal support and the 10-year rule

By Law Offices of Rod Firoozye Published:  Jul 17, 2004 I was recently listening to a radio morning show when […]

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO TERMINATE LONG-TERM SPOUSAL SUPPORT?

by Aaron Dishon, Esq. Many clients approach me and ask if it is possible to terminate spousal support. Often times […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Mediation

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Mediation By Law and Mediation Offices of David L. Price Why Should I Consider Mediation […]

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What issues are resolved in mediation?

There are five major issues in a divorce: 1. Division of assets 2. Division of debts 3. Spousal support 4. […]

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What is Mediation?

WHAT IS MEDIATION? Mediation is a cooperative, problem-solving process in which the goal is for the two parties to reach […]

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Legal Stuff…

This site provides information about the law and is designed to inform users of alternative ways to approach family law […]

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Where do I start?

If you are seeking a divorce, it is more than likely the subject has been on your mind for a […]

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First question – if you have survived a litigated divorce, are you happy with the results and the process you went through?

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What is the significance of the Date of Separation?

The Date of Separation is important because that is the day the community has come to an end…i.e., every dollar […]

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Divorcing Couples can Save Money with Mediation

Divorcing Couples Can Save A Lot Of Money With Mediation Cynthia M. Fox, November 2009 One of the hardest things […]

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Community Property v. Separate Property

When people face a divorce, they are often clueless as to what they get to rightfully keep as their own separate property and […]

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Advantages of Mediation

By Mediation Divorce, Attorney B. Daniel Lynch Published: Mar 30, 2006 In mediation, the spouses maintain control and make all […]

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Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

By Law Offices of Sharyn T. Sooho Published:  Jul 15, 2009 Divorce is emotionally draining, especially during the holidays and […]

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Litigation is expensive!

  By Roy N. Martin, Attorney at Law Published:  Sep 01, 2005 Litigation is expensive. An attorney will typically spend […]

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Divorce Mediation: An Alternative to High-Cost Litigation

I found this article on Wife.com – a great local non-profit that educates women regarding their financial soundness…check them out! […]

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Hello world!

So, while this has taken me sometime to get started, the time is finally here.  What I hope to do […]

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