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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Teaching Your Child Kindness

    || 18-May-2015

    While it may seem complicated and challenging to teach your children certain character traits, especially one like kindness, it is actually much simpler than you may expect. It all starts with you. The best way to help your child begin their journey towards developing their own kindness and empathy is by carrying out your own acts of goodwill. How many times have you cracked down on your child to ...
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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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  • 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 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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