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  • Can I Get My Spouse to Mediate?

    || 30-Sep-2015

    When it comes to the mediated divorce process, it is impossible to force a resistant spouse into the process. The whole point of mediate is to find agreement and compromise through discussion, which defeats the purpose if you are being forced to do so. Even though you can’t make your spouse participate, you can persuade them to. Our Irvine divorce mediation lawyer shares some ways that you ...
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  • How Does Mediation Work?

    || 23-Sep-2015

    If you have considered getting a divorce, you may have heard “ mediated divorce ” used before. If you aren’t sure what that means, you could also be confused as to what makes it different from a “regular divorce”. Our Irvine mediation attorney explains what you need to know about the process and how it can be beneficial. What Is Mediation? The divorce process can be ...
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  • Help Your Kids Cope with Divorce

    || 15-Sep-2015

    Divorce can be a stressful and confusing event for a child. They can even feel angry about the idea of their parents splitting up or afraid of how the divorce will change their life. As a parent, you can make the process of a divorce less painful for your children. By providing a positive and supportive environment, you can help your child cope with your divorce. Our Irvine divorce attorney shares ...
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  • Venting Can Actually Be Unhealthy

    || 1-Sep-2015

    We all have been in a situation when we feel like sharing a something that was incredibly frustrating. Whether it’s because of a boss who yelled at us or a friend who was insensitive towards your feelings, many people use “venting” to blow off some steam and feel better. But can venting actually make you feel worse? Recent studies show that its effects may not be as accurate as ...
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  • What to Avoid During Mediation

    || 10-Jun-2015

    Mediation is often the pinnacle of the divorce process. It can largely determine how your life will look after the divorce, which can make mediation a drawn out and often times heated process. Here are some helpful tips of things not to do during your mediation. Mediating too soon – Couples will often opt for an early mediation because it can greatly reduce cost and time. However, in order ...
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  • Are You at Risk for Having an Affair?

    || 29-May-2015

    Infidelity can be defined very differently depending on who you ask. While some may define infidelity narrowly as sexual intercourse with an individual who is not your spouse, others see it more broadly, including sexual activities and/or emotional entanglement. So how exactly should people be defining infidelity? To put it simply, if you break the rules of sexual or emotional intimacy and ...
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  • Tips for Parenting Your Autistic Child

    || 26-May-2015

    Parenting can be one of the most challenging jobs, regardless of whether or not your child has more quirks than others. If you are a parent of an autistic child, you may run into unique challenges and obstacles that an average parent doesn’t. The good news is that you are not alone. Countless parents get the privilege and joy of raising an autistic child throughout the world, providing great ...
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  • Teaching Your Child Kindness

    || 18-May-2015

    While it may seem complicated and challenging to teach your children certain character traits, especially one like kindness, it is actually much simpler than you may expect. It all starts with you. The best way to help your child begin their journey towards developing their own kindness and empathy is by carrying out your own acts of goodwill. How many times have you cracked down on your child to ...
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  • How to Rebuild Trust: To the Spouse Who Was Cheated On

    || 1-Apr-2015

    After finding out that your spouse was having an affair, you may be wrestling with a mixture of feelings, including shock, devastation, betrayal, and terrible hurt. You may have suspected something was going on all along or been completely blindsided by the revelation or news. Whatever situation you are in, the good news is that your marriage is not beyond repair. Yes, your spouse must be willing ...
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  • How to Rebuild Trust: To the Spouse Who Was Unfaithful

    || 31-Mar-2015

    Choosing to commit an affair is no easy decision. Most spouses wrestle through frustration, guilt, and bitterness even in the midst of an affair. If your spouse has just found out that you cheated on them, all of these feelings may be rushing to the surface, with shame or regret becoming increasingly overwhelming. While it may seem like your world is turned upside down with no course of relief, ...
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  • Daily Journal Highlights Attorney Judy Williams & Her Mediation Skills

    || 19-Mar-2015

    The Daily Journal recently interviewed Judy Williams on her legal career as a highly talented and effective mediator, highlighting her emotional intelligence and neutrality. Her path to becoming a compassionate and successful mediator advocate began back in East St. Louis, where she was born and raised. She attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a teacher’s credential that she ...
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  • Litigation vs. Mediation: What Boundary Disputes Can Teach Us

    || 2-Mar-2015

    Mediation can be an extremely beneficial tool in legal disputes. In few cases is this more evident than in boundary disputes. In assessing the recent case of Bradley v Heslin, the ruling judge provide meaningful insight on the necessity of mediation in this types of matters. The case judge blatantly admitted that mediation is often much better in these cases where even the “winner” is ...
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  • Making Time for Yourself to Cope With Stress

    || 23-Feb-2015

    Sometimes dealing with everyday stresses can put you in a funk. When big issues, like a pending divorce, or issues with child support are piled onto the stress of the day, you can easily become anxious and overwhelmed. The good news is that there are proven ways you can help yourself. Courtney Howard, a Certified Life Coach at The Law Collaborative, provides helpful tips on how to deal with ...
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  • The topic of listening is far from unfamiliar for most spouses, friends, and family members. "Are you even listening to what I'm saying?" It is a common question in most households and if we are being honest, the answer is usually "no." But why is this? Even more importantly, can this be the year we resolve to become better listeners? In a recent article posted in the Wall ...
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  • What Makes People Prone to Infidelity?

    || 2-Feb-2015

    If you've been cheated on, you know how painful the realization can be. But if you're the one doing the cheating, perhaps you've wondered about the why. Are some people just more inclined to fall into infidelity? Anyone in a relationship might find the recent article shared on the Wall Street Journal particularly interesting. Several researchers and psychologists discussed the science ...
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  • Plan for Your Divorce the Right Way

    || 26-Jan-2015

    There are just as many reasons couples pursue divorce as there are ways to actually separate. Collaborative, mediation, or even heading to court-these options can make your head spin and cause you to lose sight of some of the more important aspects of your divorce. A lack of preparation for one of the biggest life changes you'll ever experience can only amplify an already complex situation. ...
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  • One Spouse Wants the House-What Happens Next?

    || 19-Jan-2015

    Asset division is often one of the most contested aspects of a divorce and with good reason. But when it comes to the marital home, the stakes are raised even higher. The home's worth only serves to complicate matters further, throwing many for a loop. It's only natural to assume that when one spouse wants to keep the house, the other party wants their name removed from the mortgage. What ...
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  • Use Mediation to Develop a Child Custody & Support Plan Before you hire an attorney to litigate your child custody and support plan, consider contacting a mediator for guidance. Most parents who result to litigate child custody and support orders often feel dissatisfied with the judge’s ruling. By hiring a mediator, parents can work together to reach an agreement that is not only best ...
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  • Getting The Most From Divorce Mediation

    || 21-Nov-2014

    Why You Should Consider Mediation in Orange County Divorce disputes can be draining, both emotionally and physically. Reaching an agreement can often cost more time and money than the settlement itself. With the help of a neutral third party, mediation is one way to avoid a messy courtroom battle. If you are unsure if mediation is right for you, consider the tips below. Will Mediation Work For Me? ...
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  • Family Law Mediation For Active Duty Military Members

    || 20-Nov-2014

    Military Divorce Lawyers Active duty service members, whether stationed state side or abroad, face unique legal needs when it comes to domestic law issues such as divorce, legal separation, child support and child custody. Going through a divorce or separation is never easy even if it is amicable and for the best. Being thousands of miles away on a deployment or temporary duty can make it even ...
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  • Child Custody Mediation Attorneys When a marriage dissolves, or when two unmarried people have a child together, they must deal with issues regarding timeshare, parenting and child custody. As with divorce, it is becoming increasingly common for parents to choose out-of-court methods to draft parenting agreements. Family Law Mediation is becoming more and more common to help couples reach ...
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  • The Impact Of Separation And Divorce On Children

    || 21-Oct-2014

    Children and Separation or Divorce The California Courts provide an online guide for families going through separation and divorce. The website, Families Change (http://www.familieschange.ca.gov/ provides three versions: one for parents, one for children and one for teens and pre-teens. This complements the legal information found below. Deciding how their children will be cared for and where they ...
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  • The Orange County Divorce Mediation Process

    || 27-Aug-2014

    The Mediation Process – How Mediation Works in Orange County Finding the right mediator to help resolve your divorce disputes can be challenging. At our meditation practice, we meet with our prospective clients and discuss their case to determine if mediation is appropriate. We take great pride in helping our clients reach solutions while saving them time and money. Read on to learn more ...
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  • Marital Settlement Agreements

    || 22-Aug-2014

    What is a Marital Settlement Agreement? Many people who are about to begin divorce – (in some states called marital dissolution) – proceedings, are unaware that estranged spouses can agree to most of the terms of their divorce – without a bruising and protracted court battle. What is a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA)? A “marital settlement agreement” (MSA) is a ...
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  • Client Directed Mediation

    || 1-Aug-2014

    Client-Directed Mediation Individualizes the Divorce Process All human beings were created uniquely different. And all marital relationships are unique as well. When current statistics show that more than half of today’s marriages will fail, that reality should dictate that divorce proceedings should be unique, too. It seems that many family law mediators have a set agenda for divorce ...
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