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How To Tell Your Child You Are Divorcing

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This is an important and difficult time for everyone involved.  You need to give your child every opportunity to understand, to the extent possible, what is happening.  Research tells us that children will retain a memory of how he/she were told about the divorce long after the divorce is final.  Likely retaining the memory over a long period of time is due to the child’s shock about being told and how he/she was told.  Unfortunately, most children do not forget...
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What is Parental Alienation?

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Over the years, PA has been a somewhat controversial topic in the family law arena.  Parental alienation (“PA”) is a term that is used to describe a child being encouraged by her parent (the “favored parent”) to unjustly reject the other parent (the “targeted parent”).  Some professionals, attorneys and courts question the veracity of the underlying theories that define PA.  Some experts use the term “parental alienation strategies” to describe the behaviors that the favored parent engages in when working...
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What Is Discovery?

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Discovery is basically the process by which a lawyer asks questions of your spouse (or other parent/party) and is legally obligated to answer truthfully under penalty of perjury. There are two primary methods discovering this information and potential evidence: (1) written discovery and (2) oral depositions. For the Court to make informed rulings, both parties need to be able to put on accurate evidence in support of their claims. Therefore, when there are contested issues in a case, discovery is...
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What Is Mediation?

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Definition of Mediation – Mediation is a process in which an impartial person, the Mediator, facilitates communication between the parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding between them.  The Mediator may suggest ways of resolving the dispute but may not impose his/her own judgement on the issues or the parties. Consent to Mediator—The parties consent to the appointment of the individual named as Mediator in their case.  Typically, the parties will agree to use a Mediator as well as the...
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The Process of an Amicable Divorce

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AFTER YOU HAVE HIRED AN ATTORNEY What follows is brief overview of an amicable process.  It is not meant to be the totality of explanation for the same; instead, we ask that you request a consultation (of an office conference if you have already retained our office) to explore such a process with an attorney so that you can understand an amicable process based on your specific facts.  Sometimes an amicable process (as described herein) is not what is best...
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