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 few hours from home. In order to return the kids to Spouse B in time for the … [Read more...] about BACK TO SCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND GENEROSITY
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. As a divorce mediator, I am lucky to … [Read more...] about No Tools Allowed
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 consider continuing to share a residence. Some couples also … [Read more...] about Is Nesting (Continuing to Share Residence After Divorce) a Good Idea?
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 custody arrangement. 1. “Make the phone call or Skype visit count.” As … [Read more...] about Shared Child Custody Tips
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 Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. It was a great … [Read more...] about Mediation Training: Family Law Class