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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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  • 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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  • Put The Children First In Divorce

    || 30-Sep-2013

    The experience of going through a divorce can be emotionally trying for all members of a family. It’s typical for parents going through a divorce to get swept up in feelings of anger and resentment toward each other, often leading to negative emotional and societal impacts on their children. Consciously choosing to put the children’s needs first can work to lessen those detrimental ...
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  • It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about divorce mediation, but I came across this great article on mediation and really wanted to share it with you in this week’s blog post. I completely agree with the author of this article, Howard H. Irving, that mediation is the best practice for divorcing couples and their families. Nasty divorce litigations can severely damage a family, ...
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  • A Collaborative Divorce Success Story

    || 10-Apr-2011

    Once in a while, I like to highlight one of the many success stories that come through my practice. I do this because I am passionate about showing the difference mediation or the collaborative divorce process can make, both for the divorcing couple and the family. Please enjoy reading Tom’s story. My name is Tom Reddy. A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided we were going to get a ...
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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Collaborative Law

    || 24-Mar-2011

    Are you curious as to how collaborative divorce is different from mediation? There is a clear difference between the two. In a collaborative divorce, both parties retain separate legal counsel who are specially trained to resolve issues without going to court, or threatening to do so. In mediation, the parties negotiate for themselves, and retain a neutral third party to guide the discussions. ...
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  • The divorce process can be challenging even for couples that are splitting amicably. Usually, there is some level of anger in both parties. Anger is a normal emotion during the process, and probably one of the most common feelings expressed during this difficult time. I wanted to share this article with you because it talks about how anger can be used positively during the mediation process, and ...
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  • Five Great Books on Divorce Mediation

    || 25-Feb-2011

    Perhaps you’ve thought about mediation as an option to litigation but aren’t sure how to go about it. Or you wish for your divorce process to be peaceful and maybe even friendly but this outcome seems to be impossible. We encourage you to explore what the experts are saying about Mediation and to better understand if this is a viable option for your situation. Here is a list of 5 books ...
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  • Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Peaceful Divorce

    || 3-Feb-2011

    Reason #10 There is a better way than the a famous War of the Roses move script. Which portrayed the worst of the worst divorces. Even the nicest people can get caught up in the litigation trap and become different people, people who play games, people who look for ways to embarrass the other person or to get revenge against the other person, people who look for ways to win the war. It’s a ...
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  • 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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  • Welcome to the Center for Mediated Divorce Blog!

    || 15-Dec-2010

    Hi, I am Judy Williams, the Owner of Center for Mediated Divorce, a family Law Practice in Irvine, California and I’d like to welcome you to my new blog! I decided to write this blog because I have a desire to help couples navigating the difficult divorce process. In my blog, I want to highlight the alternative methods to a litigated divorce, as I am a strong believer that while the divorce ...
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