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Blog Posts in January, 2011

  • Deciding if divorce mediation is the right choice

    || 25-Jan-2011

    Since I’ve done mediation for thirteen years, I have seen three major times when mediation doesn’t work well. The first of those is when one or both parties come into the mediation with a hard and fast position from which they will not move. Mediation is built upon compromise, upon cooperation, upon give and take. If there isn’t that give and take, mediation may not be the best ...
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  • Top 5 Questions About Divorce - Part 2

    || 19-Jan-2011

    The third question that I get is about Community Property. People have heard generally that California is a Community Property state but they don’t really understand what that means. And basically what that means is that from the date of marriage till the date of separation anything that was earned or acquired is community property. Any debt that was incurred during that time is also ...
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  • Top 5 Questions about Divorce - Part 1

    || 16-Jan-2011

    I’ve been thinking about what are the questions that I hear over and over again and thought I might share those. The first one that I hear every time is, “how much does a divorce cost?”. I usually answer this by saying, that’s like asking how much does a car cost. It depends is the answer to both of those questions. It depends on if you are going to cooperate, if the two of ...
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  • Divorce Mediation - the Basics

    || 6-Jan-2011

    Many people don’t realize they have choices when they think about filing for divorce. Of course, everyone knows about the litigated model, each person getting an attorney, cooperating or not, having discovery, asking for financial information, filing interim motions, going into court, really a very protracted, long process in most cases. However, at the opposite end of that spectrum is ...
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