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  • Budgeting After a Divorce

    || 23-Mar-2017

    Divorces can often leave at least one partner in the lurch financially. After all, during a marriage, two people often share an income to help jointly pay for their lifestyle. Post-divorce, however, it can be difficult to navigate fiscal stability, particularly if it’s been years since creating your last budget. Here are a few tips for getting started. What Is Your Income? When you decide ...
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  • Should I Sell My Wedding Ring?

    || 14-Mar-2017

    Divorces can often be hard to cope with, particularly if one partner isn’t expecting it. Things that used to bring you comfort can now be a source of immense pain. Wedding rings are exchanged during a ceremony as a symbol of unity and eternity, so after divorce proceedings, people often wonder what to do with the pieces of metal they carried with them every day. If you haven’t thrown ...
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  • How to Solve 3 Most Common Co-Parenting Conflicts

    || 28-Feb-2017

    Are you and your ex struggling to navigate “co-parenting”? Our Irvine divorce lawyers share three common co-parenting problems and how you can resolve them. Three Common Co-Parenting Problems & Solutions: Different Parenting Styles Parenting is difficult, especially when you and your ex-spouse don’t see eye-to-eye on parental tactics. Maybe you like to have an orderly and ...
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  • Divorce Mediation Myths

    || 7-Feb-2017

    There are many myths and lies that surround divorce mediation. Many people that don’t have a full understanding of the mediation process might think it is or isn’t for them. Our Irvine divorce mediation lawyers shed some light on what you should know about mediation and what is Fact or Fiction. Common Mediation Myths and Their Truths Myth: Mediation is more effort than just hiring a ...
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  • Will Divorce Impact My Retirement Plan?

    || 17-Jan-2017

    One of the biggest concerns of people facing divorce is for the future. It makes sense that an induvial who has planned a certain future and is now faced with another might be apprehensive. What will happen to my kids? Where will I live? What will my new life look like? All of these questions and more are very real concerns for the individual facing the dissolution of marriage. Many people who ...
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  • 6 Ways to Rebuild a Social Life After Divorce

    || 3-Jan-2017

    Divorce can be an incredibly stressful and lonely time in an individual’s life. There are a lot of emotions that one can experience: failure, sadness, relief, fear, confusion, etc. One factor that fuels these emotions is the change in relationships, not just between you and your spouse, but also the other people in your life. It is not uncommon to see your social life change after a divorce. ...
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  • Always Winning Can Negatively Impact Your Child

    || 28-Nov-2016

    In a world of the “every child is a winner” mentality, studies might actually be showing that letting your child win every time could do more harm than good. According to recent research, when a child wins 100% of the time he or she can develop confidence traits that hinder problem-solving skills. The child can no longer identify helpful resources and can fail to use proper ...
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  • Should I Let My Child Quit?

    || 17-Nov-2016

    This question often plagues the minds of parents, especially when their children continue to insist on hating certain extracurricular activities. As a parent, you don’t want to see your child give up on something, and as a society, we are adverse to quitters. How many times have we all heard that “Winners never quit and quitters never win” saying? As a parent, it can be difficult ...
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  • Does Nesting Help Your Children through Divorce?

    || 3-Nov-2016

    Divorce has evolved over the last couple of years. With women earning better wages and father’s looking to be involved in custody, old traditional divorce agreements have fallen by the wayside and new, creative solutions are being experimented with and implemented. Many divorced couples have tried to find stability for their children and are turning to “nesting” to provide their ...
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  • Struggling with Middle-School Children

    || 14-Jun-2016

    On May 18 th, the Wall Street Journal released an article titled “Middle-School Years Are the Toughest Time for Moms” . According to recent research studies, mothers tend to feel the most anxious and unsure of their parenting abilities when their children are at the middle-school age. The study was conducted with feedback from over 2,200 different mothers and showed that moms with ...
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  • Attorney Williams Speaks at a Chapman University Class

    || 2-May-2016

    Our Irvine divorce lawyer, Judith A. Williams, has recently participated in a panel discussion to a Conflict Resolution undergraduate class at Chapman University in Orange, CA and acted as a “Judge” in the same class in order to observe and critique students last week. For the past eight years, Attorney Williams has enjoyed sharing the “Mediation Story” with young people ...
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  • SCCP Spring Summit and Expo 2016

    || 28-Apr-2016

    On Saturday, May 7, 2016, South Coast Collaborative Professionals Presents the Spring Summit and Expo: “Healers of Conflict Making a Difference” in the Westin South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa) from 8 AM until 3 PM. The address to the venue is 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The event is designed for professionals, their clients and the public to demonstrate the importance of family ...
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  • Reasons To Consider Mediation

    || 26-Feb-2016

    When divorce negotiations about property division, child custody, child support, and other related issues have come at an impasse, mediation is a process which attempts to help disagreeing parities seek a compromise and or come to an agreement prior to the finalization of divorce. Statisically, 93-96% of all family law cases settle before trial, so it’s only a matter of time when it will all ...
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  • How is Retirement Divided in Divorce?

    || 22-Feb-2016

    In divorce proceedings, property division also includes retirement accounts. Whether it’s a pension, 401(k), IRA, or stock bonus plan, these can all be included in your divorce property settlement. In order to avoid a tax catastrophe if a mistake is made, it’s important to divide each of these accounts by utilizing a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). A QDRO determines the ...
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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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