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How to Prepare for Your Child Custody Mediation

When emotions are involved, a mediator can serve as a neutral party to tackle serious issues in a divorce. Child custody is often the most serious issue, especially in regard to how time is split between the parents and children. The first tip in regard to preparing for your child custody mediation is to know…

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Speaking Engagement at MAGAL Conference

Thanks to the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem (MAGAL) for inviting me to speak at their annual conference on November 7 on high-conflict cases in litigation and mediation.  The keynote speaker, Bill Eddy, was terrific.  The title, too, was excellent– “I’m OK, You’re a X$!#@&%!!!: High-Conflict Behavior in Family Law Cases.”

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To Litigate, or Not to Litigate, That is the Question

If you are going through a divorce, there are many things to consider. It is a difficult time, emotions are high, and you are confronted with a number of decisions that you may not be in the best state of mind to make. Now, no two divorces will be identical, so while having a support system…

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Keep your Children Healthy, Keep your Children

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal calls obesity the new second-hand-smoke in child custody cases in the U.S. Families with an overweight child, or in which a parent is morbidly obese, are seeking guidance from the court system. If a parent claims his or her child is only offered fast foods and doesn’t…

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Lawyer-Mediator’s Subsequent Representation of Party

A Nebraska attorney served as a mediator for an unmarried couple in a child custody dispute; later, after the mediation had concluded, this same attorney represented the mother against the father in a suit involving the father’s alleged wrongful theft of certain of the mother’s property. The father sought to disqualify the attorney on the…

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Focus on Your Children

A recent article featured in the Wall Street Journal highlights efforts parents can make to help their children feel balanced after divorce. One of the most significant things parents can do after going through a divorce is talk to their kids about it. Willingness to treat the subject seriously, even with young children, will help…

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Your Family isn't "Broken"

When a spouse brings a divorce preceding against the other spouse, there are certain words that can get thrown around; legal terms such as custodial parent, custody, access, and also, a familiar one: “broken home.”  The term broken home can refer to a family run by a single parent, but in today’s modern family, it…

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Ex-Wife’s Facebook Entrapment Plan Backfires

An Indiana woman going through a divorce pretended to be a pretty seventeen-year-old girl on Facebook in order to incriminate her ex-husband and gain the upper hand in a fiercely contested custody dispute.  Angela Voelkert created a fake Facebook account for “Jessica Studebaker” and friended her ex-husband, David Voelkert.  An online “relationship” developed between David…

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