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Collaboration and Mediation Archives

What happens if parents with joint legal custody disagree?

Sharing custody of a child after divorce can be a challenge for parents, but it is often the arrangement that is in the best interests of a child. As such, many California parents who share legal custody will have to make decisions for their child together. 

What should we include in our parenting agreement?

Deciding how to parent together but separately is often a challenge for parents who divorce or break up. There can be disagreements, confusion and difficult emotions along the way, and most parents aren't sure of what to expect as they transition into a new parenting arrangement.

Are there rules in mediation?

Mediating divorce-related matters is becoming increasingly common in California. Most people prefer to stay out of court and avoid litigation because it saves time and money. It allows gives parties more freedom to negotiate agreements that best fit their individual needs and circumstances.

Financial issues that plagued your marriage can affect divorce

Financial issues are among the most common reasons why couples decide to end a marriage. It's not necessarily about having money or not having money, either. As one recent article notes, financial issues that lead to divorce can involve poor financial communication, keeping secrets about money and having different money values.

Mediating your divorce? Tips to improve your negotiation skills

People often say that marriage is about compromise. In that same vein, it could be said that divorce is about negotiation. Unless you litigate your divorce, you can expect to negotiate nearly every aspect of your divorce, from child custody to property division. As such, improving your negotiation skills can be of benefit to you as you navigate this challenging process.

How can I prepare for mediation?

When you are dealing with a difficult family legal issue like child custody or divorce, preparation will be crucial in how you resolve the matter. Often, parties will resolve these issues through mediation, not litigation. In other words, you will likely be directly involved in finding a solution. As such, the more you can prepare, the more confident you can feel going into sessions.

What you should (and should not) expect from a mediator

Divorce is hard enough without the added complexity and contention of going to court. As such, many people resolve some or all divorce-related matters in mediation. If you choose to do this, or if the courts have ordered you do this, then it can be helpful to know what to expect.

3 surprising benefits of mediating a divorce

Sitting in a room to discuss topics like parenting schedules and financial valuations with a soon-to-be ex-spouse can be uncomfortable, stressful and upsetting. As such, many people initially think that resolving these and other issues in a mediation setting is just not a good idea.

It's not 'all or nothing' when it comes to mediating a divorce

Many people assume mediation is not a viable dispute resolution method for their divorce. Often, people think this because there are issues that divorcing spouses simply cannot agree on. However, mediation is not an all-or-nothing dispute resolution method.

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