Truth or Consequences: Why Honesty Is the Best Policy When Dealing with Your Lawyer BY KATIE MCCLAFLIN You, like most people, are likely to want to finalize your divorce with your integrity intact, your finances in order, and a positive sense of emotional well- being. There are many steps you can take before, during, and after the divorce to maximize your chances of doing so. Being honest with your lawyer will be the first step,

Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce BY JOAN H. MCWILLIAMS When you are struggling with the financial, psychological, and legal issues associated with a divorce, it’s difficult to remember that your children need more attention than ever before. The good news is that your children can successfully survive your divorce if you follow some basic commonsense guidelines. The following will help you provide for their needs at all stages of the process

Parental Alienation and Custody Decisions In most cases, one parent or the other has said something inappropriate to the child about the other parent.  We all have human failings, but most of these isolated incidents do not have long-term consequences for the child.  Parental alienation, however, has been described as “a set of strategies, including bad-mouthing the other parent, limiting contact with that parent, erasing the other parent from the life and mind of the

Separation Anxiety and Parenting Time Most parenting time orders or guidelines state that the mere fact that a child doesn’t want to go visit with the other parent is not a basis to deny parenting time. At times there is an allegation of separation anxiety by one parent. An article on WebMD, noted that “separation anxiety disorder is a condition in which a child becomes fearful and nervous when away from home or separated from

How Are Privately-Held Businesses Valued?  The EBITDA and Asset Valuation Approaches The value of closely-held businesses can become the subject of debate, particularly in divorces and business break-ups.  With a closely-held business (typically those that held by family members or who have a small number of investors), there is no public market for the shares or equity interests of the businesses.  As a result, it’s not possible to look on a stock exchange to see

What is the Role of a Parent Coordinator? Parenting coordinators help divorced or separated parents better manage parenting time decisions concerning their children in accordance with agreed upon or judicially approved parenting plans. Despite how well drafted parenting plans may be, they typically do not foresee all of the matters that may arise.  Additionally, the acrimonious relationship that the parents may still have with one another can significantly impact the parents’ ability to come together

In a mediation, the role of the mediator will be to act as a neutral between two or more parties to a dispute.  The mediator is not a judge, and will not determine who is right. Instead, the role of the mediator it to help the parties craft a solution that is mutually acceptable.  To do so, in most mediations, the parties will be in separate rooms, and the mediator will spend time going back

In order to be maximally effective, parties to a mediation should spend ample time preparing for the mediation.  This means the following: Determining the bottom line.   For most disputes, such as those involving money, there will be a bottom line in terms of how little is acceptable to receive, or how much is acceptable to pay.  Don’t wait until the mediation to have this conversation.  The bottom line for the amount you are willing to

Are you (or your clients) involved in business litigation? In many cases, the best course of action will be to identify the issues and facts, and then to use mediation in an attempt to resolve the business matter before costs get unjustifiably out of hand. Our attorneys have years of experience in representing clients in business disputes and in mediation, as well as conducting mediations.  We bring this collective experience to business mediations in helping

Mediation is a process whereby a third party – called the “mediator” or “neutral”- works with opposing parties in a dispute or litigation to try to help the parties resolve their matter prior to trial.  The mediator is not a judge, and does not have any authority to render a judgment with respect to the outcome or dispute. The Advantages of Mediation The advantages of mediation include: Faster possible resolution.  Often, it can take a

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