An Amicable Divorce is Possible
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1M ago
This is NOT your typical blog post about why to use a mediator…this is my personal story about how an amicable divorce is possible. (Written by Kelly Shaw, Mediator) If you Google “reasons to use a divorce mediator,” you will get thousands of results. Luckily, most of them will have the same answers and give you a list of reasons. But how do you really know if these reasons are valid? Although they can be helpful and give good insights and facts, they are really just ideas from different sources. So I am here to tell you my story…my reasons why using a divorce mediator was the best option – an ..read more
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5 Steps to Getting Your Life Back in Control after Divorce (Guest Post)
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2M ago
Whether your friends are congratulating you or commiserating with you after you sign your divorce agreement, you’ve been through a grueling process. It’s over and you’re single, again. There’s often a sense of relief but you may also feel sad for the loss of a future with a life partner you thought you’d have, uncertain about how to co-parent, overwhelmed as to where to go from here, and concerned about finding happiness again. Many women feel ashamed that their marriage ended, worried about what others will think, and guilty for raising their family from two homes. The truth is, it’s complete ..read more
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Post-Divorce Parenting Conflict Around the Holidays
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3M ago
Ways to Manage the Stress For most of us, the holiday season is full of decorating, shopping, baking, wrapping gifts and parties. While this can all be fun, we all know that it’s also stressful! Then, there is the added pressure of parenting. School grading periods are ending and big projects are due. There are also holiday programs like band and choir concerts to attend. For divorced parents, this is all in addition to figuring out how to divide your time and make it “the most wonderful time of the year” for your children. It’s common for all of this stress to lead to parenting conflict. How ..read more
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What is Child Support Awareness Month?
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6M ago
Child Support Awareness Month is observed annually in August. By definition, child support is a family law that requires a parent to provide periodic financial aid to their child(ren) until the child(ren) becomes a legal adult. Recognizing this month began in 1995 when then-President Bill Clinton recognized August as the National Child Support Awareness Month in the US. Since 1995, child support organizations have recognized and celebrated the significant role of child support. Child Support Awareness Month aims to create an awareness of the importance of child support, motivate social service ..read more
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Negotiations in Mediation: Calculating Spousal Support
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7M ago
Negotiations around spousal support (also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, depending on where you live) are often ripe with emotion. And, it's no wonder. When people reach out to me, they are often worried about what they will be able to afford after the final divorce. Common questions include: Will I be able to stay in my home, or will I have to move? Will I be able to keep my children in the schools where they have friends, or will there be a necessary transition? Will I be able to pay my bills, or will I need to get a second job or go back to work? Calculating Spousal Support All ..read more
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5 Ways to Keep Your Divorce from Affecting Your Job
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9M ago
Divorce is on the the list of one of the top 10 stressors we can face, and it impacts every aspect of our lives, including our professional career. So how can you continue to be productive as you’re going through this huge life change that is likely causing you stress and consuming your thoughts? We’ve put together a list of 5 things you can do to help keep your divorce from affecting your job. Talk to Your Boss  Not everyone feels comfortable discussing their personal life at work, and in this situation, it’s best to keep the explanation simple without going into a lot of detail. You can ..read more
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Divorce and the Family Home (Guest Blog Post)
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10M ago
If you're wondering how to keep your house in a divorce, you're not alone. A lot of our clients have sentimental attachments to their homes. Your home is where you’ve made so many memories. It's where you raised your family. You may have close relationships with your neighbors or other strong ties to the community. I’ve written a number of blog posts and newsletters on whether or not it makes financial sense to keep the family home, and today I want to share  a post written by one of my colleagues, Jim Robenalt,  Attorney & Founder of Next Page Mediation. The family home is unli ..read more
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A Fantastic Resource for those Experiencing a High Conflict Divorce
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1y ago
Since I started supporting those going through the divorce process, I have been amazed at the extremes I have witnessed. Some clients start out pursuing an amicable termination of marriage only to be drawn into a high conflict situation by their soon-to-be-ex. Others are extremely angry when they first reach out but find healing through the process and work together toward reasonable settlements over time. Then, of course, there is everything in between. I knew I needed more training to support those going through high conflict divorce. I was fortunate enough to attend one of Bill Eddy's live ..read more
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Help Eliminate Shared Parenting Struggles with One of these Co-Parenting Apps
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1y ago
I think we all can agree that parenting can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. Co-parenting after a divorce brings a whole new set of challenges. When I first went through my divorce, dealing with the most basic things related to the kids felt like preparing for battle with my ex over and over. It was stressful and exhausting.  And I did not want to contact my ex every time I received information from the school or one of the kids was invited for a playdate or an appointment with the doctor was needed. I was relieved to find a co-parenting app that worked best for our ..read more
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Don’t Forget to Consider This When Evaluating Your Divorce Settlement
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1y ago
When I look at divorce settlement proposals for clients as part of my Strategy Sessions, there’s one thing I consider above everything else. I’d encourage you to do the same. In evaluating your divorce settlement, think of this first and foremost: Are you able to uphold this agreement? Oftentimes, people want the maximum child and/or spousal support possible — and I get that. However, if someone is making a promise they can’t uphold yet they’re signing a legal, binding document saying they will, it could land everyone in hot water (or, at the very least, lead to unnecessary drama and possible ..read more
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