Dina Haddad

Dina Haddad
Dina Haddad is a family law attorney, panel mediator at the Agency for Dispute Resolution and principal of Families First Mediation. She is a Judge Pro Tempore for the Personal Property Arbitration in Santa Clara County. She received her LL.M. in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College.

Child’s College Adds Years to Retirement Date

There’s a considerable amount of pressure to have your children attend the best college or university that money can buy. Many high school students believe attending their dream school is a reward for working hard in high school. College financial experts argue that’s...

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Required Disclosures for Divorce in California

In this blog, I’ll discuss the required Disclosures for a divorce in Santa Clara County, also known as the Preliminary Declarations of Disclosure.  In Santa Clara County, prior to finalizing your divorce, you and your spouse must complete your Preliminary...

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When Should I File for Divorce in California?

In a past article, I discussed that the process a party chooses to pursue a divorce or legal separation whether in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, or any other Bay Area city, severely impacts the outcome of their case. Once a party has decided on the...

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Developing a Successful Timeshare Plan

During the busy holiday season, I braved San Jose’s Trader Joe’s for some last minute grocery items. As I exited the store, I headed into a jammed parking lot in Almaden Plaza. You know the kind…carts parked under trees, cars in every direction, all set to the holiday...

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How to Receive Temporary Spousal Support?

Sally is struggling in her marriage of eight years, and feels abandoned by her husband, Darrell. She’s been left alone to raise the couple’s three children, who are all under the age of seven. Although Darrell has been a wonderful financial provider, he has failed...

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Unconscious Uncoupling: Be Happy! Get a Divorce?

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are separating, or according to Gwen’s post, pursuing “conscious uncoupling.” Often, celebrities bring new or unknown concepts to the public’s attention. As such, this is the first time I have heard of “conscious uncoupling.” The...

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Filing For Divorce in California

In past posts, we have discussed that the processes available to pursue divorce and the impact on the outcome of your case.  Once a process has been selected, the next decision might be when he or she should file for divorce. A divorce is initiated when a party...

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Coping With Divorce

Suppose your settlement or trial results are exactly what you wanted. You have the parenting plan you desired. You are paying or receiving the support you thought was the fair amount. Now that the divorce is done, what are you going to do next?You always can buy...

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Prenups: What, Why, and When

Are you planning a spring or summer wedding? You might have had a fleeting thought that you should have a premarital agreement before you marry. Premarital agreements, also referred to as prenups or prenuptial agreement, define a couple’s financial and fiduciary...

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Divorce Mediator

This article defines the role of a divorce mediator and discusses the benefits of using a divorce mediator. A divorce mediator is a person who acts as the third party neutral in your divorce conflict  to create a safe space for both parties to negotiate a...

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