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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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  • 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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  • 3 Unique Ways to Help Kids Embrace a Blended Family

    || 3-Jul-2013

    As you all know, I’m passionate about facilitating a peaceful divorce for couples, for many reasons. But a primary reason is to protect the children involved. Life moves on after divorce, though, and another hurdle you may face is blending families, should you meet someone (with children of their own) and decide to remarry. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 1,300 ...
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  • Welcome Back!

    || 14-Jun-2013

    You may have noticed that it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post. Recently, my focus has been in Texas, where I have really enjoyed spending time with my daughter, son-in-law, and my four grandchildren. What an amazing opportunity I have had to be a part of their daily life the last few years! But life has a way of pulling us back into the arenas we’re meant to follow. ...
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  • For More Couples, Divorce Can Be On Friendly Terms

    || 14-Sep-2011

    This article was published last year, but I came across it again and felt like it was worth sharing with you. Choosing mediation or collaborative divorce saves couples time and money, and the benefits to the children in the family are so great, that it is usually the top reason why couples choose mediation or collaborative divorce. Click here to read more about mediation, and two couple’s ...
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  • Salesmanship: The Most Underrated Skill in a Split?

    || 19-Aug-2011

    You’ve heard me talk before about how the traditional, confrontational approach to divorce does not work, and is often harmful to families, especially children. This is no secret, obviously, as indicated by the many, many horror stories we hear about nasty divorce settlements every day. This is a very insightful article on collaborative divorce that I wanted to share with you this week. It ...
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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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  • By Lani Baron I am currently completing an externship with Judith Williams and Elizabeth Jones at the Center for Mediated Divorce. Recently, Judith conducted an interview with a prospective new client who was a candidate for Collaborative Divorce. His words were the inspiration for this article. He had been very generous to his wife since the date of separation, and several times during the ...
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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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