With Justice For All…(The Wealthy, That Is)

“…the civil justice system in this country is essentially inaccessible to many Americans — and when it does get accessed, is tilted toward the wealthy and moneyed interests,” states Dan Froomkin of the Huffington Post. Reporting statistics from the World Justice Project’s “Rule of Law Index” Froomkin points out that, “Particularly when it comes to […]

Your Divorce Isn’t Final Until the Kids Leave

Several times I’ve heard a divorcing parent say, “I’m just looking forward to getting this over with, so I don’t have to deal with him/her anymore!”  I’ve got a newsflash for you: Your divorce won’t be “final” until the kids are gone, and sometimes, not even then! If you’re like most people and have a […]

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Judge Argues that Lawyers and Judges Should Get Out of the Divorce Business

“Suing for divorce” made sense when divorce required proving fault. But with no-fault divorce, there is no need for courts to control divorces. After watching this process for years, I have come to the conclusion that the time has come to consider taking divorce out of the hands of lawyers and judges and putting it […]

How to Make Divorce Less Damaging for the Kids

The ‘Good’ Divorce, By Christine Carter, director of Greater Good Parents, for the Berkeley Blog “…Divorce is not permission to hate. When there are kids involved, you don’t get to throw in the towel and walk away from your ex. You don’t get to stop trying to make the relationship work. Divorce is only a […]

The Gray Divorce Revolution

Baby boomer marriage is in such crisis that researchers call it the Gray Divorce Revolution. Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks about why so many couples split, and why others have healthy marriages. NPR interview with Barbara Bradley Hagerty. Read, or listen here: https://www.npr.org/2016/03/19/469824356/boomers-face-a-divorce-revolution-but-some-can-learn-from-happy-couples If you’re facing a divorce later in life, Peace Plan Divorce can help you […]

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Nesting: A Unique Idea for Shared Parenting from Time Magazine

By Belinda Luscombe for Time Magazine: “When Jon Marden and Ana Elizabeth decided to split in 2005 after 13 years of marriage, they both moved out of the house they shared in the woods near Santa Cruz, Calif. Their three children, however, stayed put. When it was Elizabeth’s turn to look after the kids, she […]

Litigation vs. Mediation

LITIGATION. verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\ : to make (something) the subject of a lawsuit : to cause (a case, an issue, etc.) to be decided and settled in a court of law MEDIATION. noun me·di·a·tion \ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən\ :  intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise Mediation is a problem-solving process in which a neutral, […]

Divorce and the Holidays

The holidays can be a distressing time for someone going through a divorce. There are constant reminders of what once was; family portraits on Christmas cards, couples getting engaged in television commercials, familiar songs reminding you of special times in your past. This might be a good season for you to do a little “time […]

Creative Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities

Since California is a community property state, many couples divide their assets in half, and their liabilities in half. *Mark and Tracy, however, had to get creative with their distribution. Mark wanted to keep their rental property in Asheville, NC. His dream was to retire there, and although retirement was a way off, he was willing […]

The Peace Plan Overview for a Divorce in California

We like to provide a path to help keep our divorce mediation meetings focused on the topic at hand. These are the topics you and your spouse will start thinking about and discussing as you come to a consensus regarding the terms of your Stipulated Agreement.   Parenting Plan- “Legal custody” refers to a parent’s authority […]