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  • Blended Families and the Effect on Children

    || 2-Feb-2016

    Blended families are much more common than they were in previous generations. Only recently are we beginning to study the patterns, the intricacies of the relationships, and the long-term effects, positive or negative, that it has on the children and into the future. What Is a Blended Family? A blended family is defined as a couple who brings in children from a previous relationship or marriage. ...
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  • How Can I Figure Out How Much Spousal Support I'll Get?

    || 1-Feb-2016

    The main reason why spousal support is established in California is to assist a supported spouse in continuing their standard of living that they experienced when they were married. However, the ultimate purpose for the spouse is to eventually become financially independent. Prior to administering this type of support, a court will examine the following circumstances: The supported spouse’s ...
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  • How Much Does a Mediated Divorce Cost?

    || 21-Jan-2016

    One thing that is universally acknowledged about divorce is that it can become expensive. Between attorney fees and long hours of paperwork or court time, it’s easy to see how the numbers would start to add up—and fast! Cutting costs during a divorce process can be tricky, considering that you want to ensure your interests will remain protected. Fortunately, there are other ways of ...
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  • How Long Does a Divorce Take in California?

    || 14-Jan-2016

    Because divorce can be a stressful event for many people, some individuals may try to complete their divorce process as quickly as possible. It is possible that in your current situation, you may want your marriage to be dissolved ASAP. But even though it may be convenient to quickly end your relationship in some situations, the legal divorce process does not allow you to file on a Monday and be ...
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  • Can I Get My Down Payment Back if I Bought the House Before Marriage?

    || 28-Dec-2015

    One of the questions that many divorcing couples often ask is about their home. In California, our state differentiates between individual property and marital property. The former is the property that belongs solely to one spouse while the latter is all of the assets and properties acquired during the marriage. Your home could be considered separate property under the following conditions: You ...
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  • Tips for Divorced Parents During the Holidays

    || 23-Dec-2015

    As a divorced parent, you know that the holidays can be particularly tough on your children. At the same time, we at Center for Mediated Divorce understand that your children come first. It is also important to look after your needs as well, as your children will be looking to your for strength and guidance. There are many ways you can continue enjoying the holiday season while reducing conflict. ...
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  • What Is "Separate Property?"

    || 14-Dec-2015

    During a divorce, the courts will take into consideration the respective properties in the marriage – separate property and marital property. When you enter a marriage, everything becomes shared. It is not only limited to finances but also the home where you live. How do you determine what is separate property and what will remain yours in the event of a divorce? How the Law Views Separate ...
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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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