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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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