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Talking to children about their parents' divorce

Regardless of how a divorce is resolved, the time leading up to both filing and finalizing is hard on families. Children of all ages in particular feel the sting of life changing times. Parents once united are now divided.

Whether they are adolescents or young adults, the impact can be the same. Dealing with the emotional roller coaster often involves guidance from friends and family members to help sons and daughters cope with the end of their parents' marriages.

Setting fault aside through divorce mediation

Representative Matt Krause of Fort Worth, Texas, wants to put the "fault" back in "no-fault" divorces.

The lawmaker believes that its time to eliminate no-fault laws. According to Krause, eliminating that option will help spouses to focus on restoring their relationships. Even those considering marriage may put more thought into tying that knot.

What does the future hold for tri-custody divorce mediation?

New York and California occupy opposite coasts with both states having little in common. That is, until a recent ruling by a Suffolk County judge overseeing a lengthy custody battle.

The unconventional decision in March called for “tri-custody” of child born into an unconventional family. It was the first such ruling in New York, joining California as the second state to allow children to have more than two legal parents.

You don’t have to like one another to get along

“We are not in love, we don’t always agree, we’re not best friends, sometimes we don’t even like one another. But you know what we are? We are forever connected because of our beautiful, smart, kind, and compassionate, funny son.”

A mom wrote these honest words in a Facebook post that has been “liked” over 13,000 times. Just above her words are four family photographs: two taken during the marriage, two taken after the divorce. While the loving caress between mom and dad faded from the latter two, all of the images scream, “family.”

The illusion of social media meeting the reality of divorce

From sage advice to dire warnings, parents of all generations have tried to guide their children in the right direction. The moment a son or daughter gets married, mom and dad usually provide their counsel, based on their past experiences.

Safe to say that most parents cannot cite their ups and downs when it comes to their use of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Lacking those online life experiences, they are not equipped to adequately warn their children of the effects that social media has on relationships.

Marching into divorce mediation

For a long time, January has been referred to as "Divorce Month." Many cite the stress of the Christmas season, delay tactics for couples wanting to "tough it out" through the holidays, or last-ditch attempts to save marriages by taking vacations. Others merely want to wait for the New Year for tax purposes.

However, recent studies show that the popular marital dissolution month may be a bit later in the year, specifically March.

Legislation getting in the way of divorce mediation?

Divorce is a process where the moment it starts, couples ending their marriage want it to end. For that reason, many soon-to-be ex-spouses choose divorce mediation to minimize not only the cost, but also the time it takes to finalize the marital dissolution.

However, some lawmakers, including one in Oklahoma for example, are advocating legislation that would ensure that couples have a long wait before they begin new chapters in their lives.

When marital dissolution and business divorce mix

A married couple's dream of opening a family business can become a nightmare if the spouses or "copreneurs" decide to end the personal aspect of their relationship. As with any aspect of property division in divorce mediation, an attorney-mediator who is patient, persistent and creative can be an equally valuable asset.

The concept of "happily ever after" flies in the face of drafting formal business agreements between newlyweds. Married couples should leave nothing to chance. Documents must be well prepared and enforceable whether the business, marriage or both end. Without legal paperwork, the law will dictate business asset division.

The need for cooperation doesn't end when you leave the mediator's office.

The end of a marriage or other romantic relationship is never easy. In fact, divorce and child custody disputes are notoriously difficult and often erupt into heated courtroom battles.

In an effort to avoid making a hard situation worse, many divorcing couples choose mediation to resolve their divorce and custody issues.

Common mistakes in divorce mediation

Divorce mediation may not always be a smooth process, no matter how cooperative you try to be. Chances are you will make a mistake or two before and during discussions. A skilled and effective attorney-mediator can help overcome even the most significant setbacks.

Some mistakes to avoid in divorce mediation and the entire process of marital dissolution include:

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