September 2, 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND GENEROSITY

Flexibility and generosity should always be your guiding mantra as you navigate through your shared parenting time arrangements.   Human nature being what it is, your ex-spouse will be more willing to work with you instead of against you if you offer the same. For example, Spouse A has a family gathering on a Sunday a … Continue reading BACK TO SCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND GENEROSITY

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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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August 10, 2012

Is Nesting (Continuing to Share Residence After Divorce) a Good Idea?

Unless you are a multimillionaire with unlimited resources, you will feel the financial effects of dividing your funds and assets after divorce. Whether you are a one or two income family, you are no longer sharing expenses. You must now each support your own individual household.  Times can be tough these days and some couples … Continue reading Is Nesting (Continuing to Share Residence After Divorce) a Good Idea?

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June 29, 2012

Shared Child Custody Tips

This blog has repeatedly reinforced the concept that it is of utmost importance for divorcing and/or divorced parent to be respectful of the other for the sake of their children.  The Huffington Post article,”Sharing Custody of My Child: What Do I Do?” suggests some proactive ideas for how to make the most of your shared … Continue reading Shared Child Custody Tips

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June 1, 2012

Mediation Training: Family Law Class

I recently attended a 40 hour seminar on family law mediation training.  While mediation is taking hold more and more in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, New Jersey has established this extensive mediation program through the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the Law Center as well as through the New … Continue reading Mediation Training: Family Law Class

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April 13, 2012

Grieving and Healing Through Separation and Divorce

In my blogs I like to add my perspective to an expert’s article.  My theory is that I may add my expertise from working with divorcing couples to the ‘authority’ I find online.  In today’s case, the article that caught my attention was not written by a therapist, lawyer or financier, but is an author’s … Continue reading Grieving and Healing Through Separation and Divorce

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February 24, 2012

Tips for Co-Parenting Teens

TIPS FOR CO-PARENTING TEENS Back in August 2011 we spent some time providing tips for co-parenting children returning to school as well as some helpful tips for transitioning into the role of stepparent.  As we all know, teenagers are transitioning through their own unique growth process.  Divorced parents are struggling with navigating the teenage years … Continue reading Tips for Co-Parenting Teens

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September 2, 2011

How are Custody Issues Addressed in Mediation?

One of the best gifts a divorcing couple can give to their children is to work together to resolve their issues rather than tearing each other apart through a contentious court litigation fight.  Mediation can be the couple’s first opportunity to learn to work together under potentially stressful circumstances to make decisions in the best … Continue reading How are Custody Issues Addressed in Mediation?

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August 12, 2011

Back to School Tips for Divorced Co-parents

Following on the heels of last week’s suggestions for stepparents, the tips for divorced co-parenting are also based on common sense.  It’s still helpful to follow a guided outline of do’s and don’t’s especially when your children are involved.  This way you ensure that both parents and stepparents stay focused on their children’s best interests.  … Continue reading Back to School Tips for Divorced Co-parents

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March 11, 2011

Right to Child Support Belongs to the Child in New Jersey and PA

Parties to a divorce in New Jersey must be aware that they cannot negotiate away the right to child support.  The State of New Jersey views child support as the right and property of the child.  The Appellate Division in Colca v. Anson, 413 N.J. Super. 405 (App. Div. 2010), recently held that a custodial … Continue reading Right to Child Support Belongs to the Child in New Jersey and PA

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