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August 19, 2015

Same Sex Marriage & Divorce

As most if not all of the population of the United States is aware, the landmark June 26, 2015 US Supreme Court decision in, Obergefell v. Hodges, legalized same sex marriage. The court held that, The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize … Continue reading Same Sex Marriage & Divorce

By Mindey Elgart
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June 22, 2015

New Jersey’s New Alimony Law

New Jersey’s alimony law, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23 was revised on September 10, 2014. Some of the changes in New Jersey’s controversial alimony law clarify durational limits and provide factors for modification and termination of alimony.  Probably the most significant change in the New Jersey Alimony Statute is that the term “permanent” alimony has been replaced with … Continue reading New Jersey’s New Alimony Law

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June 10, 2015

No Tools Allowed

I love hearing during the divorce mediation process that parents both want to spend time with their children.  The flip side of that is using children as a tool or leverage during the divorce process.  More often such manipulations happen in the litigation setting than during mediation, but it is important to always prioritize your children’s best interests. … Continue reading No Tools Allowed

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May 27, 2015

Which Wolf Will You Feed?

Over the weekend I saw a movie that contained a fabulous parable. According to my research it is an old Cherokee fable. “One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – … Continue reading Which Wolf Will You Feed?

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April 17, 2015

Back to Blogging

We have redesigned the new hope divorce mediation website and in the spirit of renewal I am recommitting to writing blog posts on a more regular basis. I thought I’d begin with the most common concern that potential clients relate to me when they first call to inquire about mediation. “I’ve never been through this … Continue reading Back to Blogging

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August 14, 2013

Handling the Divorce Process with Grace

Divorce is a highly emotional time for families, and it’s important to get support. Support from friends, families and therapy can help make the divorce process smoother. While the actual mechanics of ‘how to get a divorce” vary from state to state, it usually looks something like this. One of you files a divorce complaint. … Continue reading Handling the Divorce Process with Grace

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June 16, 2013

The Pitfalls of Trying to Negotiate Your Divorce on Your Own

Usually when people call to inquire about divorce mediation they underestimate the complexity of the issues involved under the circumstances of their divorce.  There is the exception of a couple who has been married for a very short period of time, has held all their limited property separately, doesn’t own a home, earns similar salaries … Continue reading The Pitfalls of Trying to Negotiate Your Divorce on Your Own

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June 9, 2013

Divorce Advice for an Uncontested Divorce

As you move forward through this transition time, you’re bound to have many questions. A divorce mediator provides neutral facilitation and helps you craft a Separation Agreement that’s mutually agreeable. In The Pitfalls of Trying to Negotiate Your Own Divorce, I outlined some of the common difficulties couples encounter. Namely, there’s not a neutral party … Continue reading Divorce Advice for an Uncontested Divorce

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