Collaborative Law vs Mediation

Collaborative Law vs Mediation

Collaborative Law vs Mediation: what should you pick? Amy and Bob Cromwell married ten years ago and have three children.  The spark between them died years ago.  They work together in the family business, Cromwell’s Crackers. After some painful conversations, they have decided to divorce. The Cromwells do not want lengthy and contentious litigation that …

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Same Sex Custody Cases

Same Sex Custody Cases

While the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry were expanded by the Supreme Court in 2015, there are still many issues when it comes to same-sex custody cases.  Cases, where the parents of a child are of the same gender, can have a variety of unique issues that the Courts will have to …

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What is a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

Divorce Settlement Agreement

When couples are getting divorced, they may wonder what a settlement agreement is for a divorce.  If their only exposure to divorce is the long court battles that include lawyers yelling at each other and parties that refuse to speak after, they may not know that there is another way to achieve the goal of …

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Understanding and Preparing for Separation Mediation

Separation Mediation

When parties are considering using mediation to help them separate effectively, they may wonder how to prepare for separation mediation effectively.  For some, they may not even know what mediation entail, and they will have no idea how mediation will work for them.  Mediation is a commonly used practice, especially in family law matters, yet …

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Mistakes that Can Affect Your Child Custody Case

Mistakes that Can Affect Your Child Custody Case

For couples that are going through a divorce, one of the most challenging aspects of the process is agreeing on the custody arrangement for the kids. Often, custody determinations are based on the best interest of the children. A child custody case can often involve strong convictions and emotions, so the guidance and expertise of …

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Child Support Mediator

Child Support Mediator

A child support mediator can help parents agree on what is often one of the most highly contested issues in a divorce.  Every party in a divorce will have an idea of who should be paying child support and how much they should be paying, so it can be difficult to find a common ground …

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Emancipation in California

Emancipation in California

Seventeen-year-old Gloria stares at her bank balance unbelievingly. “Mom! Did you take money out of my savings account again?  Her Mom, Jean, seems embarrassed. “I had to, baby. The rent was due and I haven’t been up to working full time since your father died,” whined her mother from in front of the television.  “Mom, …

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Father-Daughter Relationships After Divorce

father daughter relationship after divorce

Among the many other considerations that need to be made when parents are getting divorced, the father-daughter relationship after divorce will need to be considered when families with daughters are splitting up.  This relationship is one of the many relationships that can be strained during the family’s separation.  There are also risks from both sides …

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Custody Papers: Filing for Custody

Custody Papers Filing for Custody

Almost 45% of US divorces involve children.  Child custody and visitation are highly emotional issues that will deeply affect the family, including its physical, mental, and emotional well-being and the strength of its relationships. Despite the importance of the questions decided in family court, seventy to seventy-five percent of California cases involve parties without lawyers. …

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What is Collaborative Law in Dispute Resolution?

What is Collaborative Law in Dispute Resolution?

Using collaborative law in dispute resolution, especially in family law, helps parties find solutions that meet their needs and the needs of the other parties.  Collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, is a practice of law that shifts from an adversarial mindset to a collaborative mindset.  It is most commonly practiced in family law …

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