As a mediator, I often find that people misunderstand the role mediation plays in the legal system. In this blog, I intend to share information with you about mediation, about the legal industry, and about life in general. The contents of this blog should not be considered legal advice. The information provided in this blog […]

Divorce can be a terrifying and confusing process. Everyone has an opinion as to what are the best options for you to pursue. Should you try to mediate first, retain an attorney immediately, move out, stay put together in the same house? Empty out joint bank accounts, take only half the funds? Everyone has a […]

Jan/19

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Valentines Day

Recently I was speaking with a new client to schedule an initial mediation session for a divorce.  “How about February 14th?” I suggested. “Hmmm, no, that is just too sad.” she responded. It took me a moment to realize I had suggested they begin divorce mediation on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is fraught with peril […]

Scenes from the orthodontist’s office I was waiting at the orthodontist’s office during my child’s appointment. I was seated next to the office door of the financial administer which was closed and I could only hear muffled conversation. Someone opened the front door which caused the financial administrator’s door to pop open slightly. She did […]

Is there such a thing as DIY ( Do It Yourself) divorce? Years ago stationery stores carried racks of legal contracts such as leases, sales agreements, financial contracts and even divorce paperwork. The forms were boiler plate agreements with blanks left to be completed with your names, information and specific information. The internet now has […]

Jul/18

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Taboo $$$$

When a server narrates a special entrée or a featured dish but does not state the price I have an internal cringe moment. “How much does it cost?” I want to ask but I dread asking. My younger daughter just got her first job. I asked her what she would be paid and I saw […]

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I recently attended a lovely wedding of a couple in their mid twenties. At the reception one of the groomsmen’s toasts to the couple caught me completely by surprise. He toasted the bride and groom that they might enjoy many happy years together, just had their parents have enjoyed. “You two are the only couple […]

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I am always very cautious my blog posts details are vague enough so clients do not recognize themselves or feel their privacy has been violated or a trust broken. I met with these clients over a year ago and I will not identify the parents as either Mom or Dad, simply as parents. I also […]

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Recently I was speaking with a new client to schedule an initial mediation session for a divorce.  “How about February 14th?” I suggested. “Hmmm, no, that is just too sad.” she responded. It took me a moment to realize I had suggested they begin divorce mediation on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is fraught with peril […]

Divorce can be a terrifying and confusing process. Everyone has an opinion as to what are the best options for you to pursue. Should you try to mediate first, retain an attorney immediately, move out, stay put together in the same house? Empty out joint bank accounts, take only half the funds? Everyone has a […]

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Jul/17

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Secrets fester

He was a bull of a man. Tall, muscled, clearly tightly wound. He preferred to stand during the mediation. He reminded me of a peacock as he preened and strutted. She was quiet, folded into herself, clearly once a very beautiful woman. She had aged and appeared tired and worn out. They were married 30 […]

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