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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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  • Choosing The Right Divorce Mediation Attorney

    || 29-Jul-2014

    How to Choose the Right Divorce Mediator in Orange County Are you an Orange County, California resident currently considering using a mediator to resolve your divorce disputes? A highly trained Newport Beach divorce mediator can help you save time, money, and quickly help you and the other party reach an agreement on a pending divorce, or family law related disputes you may have. Read on to learn ...
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  • Collaborative Law Vs. Mediation

    || 27-Jul-2014

    Mediation vs. Collaborative Family Law Approach – Which One is Right for You? Divorcing couples in the Fullerton, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, CA areas contemplate between utilizing the collaborative family law approach or mediation to promptly resolve their divorce disputes. Though both options allow couples to decide how to best resolve any pending issues, mediation is the more ...
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  • Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Orange County This Summer

    || 11-Jul-2014

    Summer vacation can be thrilling for kids, but at some point the newness wears off and you’ll probably hear your children utter the words “I’m bored!” And while I definitely advocate for children to entertain themselves, it’s also fun to get the kids out and explore some new things to do, or to do fun new projects at home. With that in mind, here are my top 10 things ...
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  • In this, the sixth and final article in the Positive Thinking series, we will deal with areas in which you can best positively impact your post-divorce life. We will assume you have read the previous articles and have taken steps to protect as many relationships as possible. In the divorce process you agreed to a financial plan, child support (and possibly spousal support), and division of assets ...
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  • This is the fifth in our series of six articles on why adopting a positive mindset during divorce can have a permanent effect on the rest of your life. In our last four articles, we discussed how a positive mindset can help you through the divorce. In these last two articles, we will focus on why it is essential after the divorce is final. Today we focus on the children. Did you know that children ...
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  • This is the fourth in our series of six articles on why adopting a positive mindset during divorce can have a permanent effect on the rest of your life. In our last article, we discussed how the wonderful relationship you had when you were first “in love” can deteriorate to the point that divorce seems like the only option. This week we focus on how and why it makes sense to begin ...
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  • Looking At Divorce From A Child's Perspective

    || 25-Feb-2014

    Often times, a couple will become so involved with their divorce proceedings that they forget that their actions affect not only themselves, but their children as well. A child’s perspective on divorce is often overlooked, even though they’re one of the primary affected parties. In order to shed light on the emotional turmoil and difficulties experienced by children of divorce, Ellen ...
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  • This, the third in our series of six articles, is my analysis of how most couples allow marital bliss to go adrift to the point where they believe divorce is the only option. We define what makes a good relationship and how it can change over time in ways so subtle that couples miss the warnings, until the “Danger Ahead: Road Ends” sign appears. We will discuss our take on good ...
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  • In Part 1 of this article, I spent a lot of time explaining how my past as an elementary school teacher and Sylvan Learning Center owner helped me understand the Power of Positive Thinking in getting through tough times, using children as the example. In a divorce, the children go through one of their toughest times. We also mentioned the role of the parents in the success of helping their ...
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  • Why I Believe in the Power of Positive Thinking in Divorce

    || 5-Feb-2014

    I recently heard of a survey taken in 2012 quoting that 77% of marriages in Orange County end in divorce. To me that is a staggering statistic and also an American tragedy. It got me thinking about our practice here at CMD and why I even got into this facet of the law. It also forced me to think about what I have learned from my many years of practical experience that may be helpful to divorcing ...
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  • Bigger Families, Bigger Hearts?

    || 16-Jan-2014

    A recent study has suggested that children who come from families of four or more children are more likely to get married and stay married. Co-authors Douglas Downey, of Ohio State University, and Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, of the National Opinion Research Study at University of Chicago, interviewed nearly sixty thousand adults in their study. After their investigation, they concluded that only-children ...
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