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

What are Subchapter S Corporations, and What Owners are Eligible? Perhaps you are starting a business, and have heard about a popular type of business entity known as a “subchapter S corporation.”  What, you may wonder, is a subchapter S corporation, and how is it different than a “regular” corporation?  And, is my business eligible? The Legal Rights of a Subchapter S Corporation and Taxation Legally, a subchapter S corporation is exactly the same is

How are Subchapter S Corporations Taxed? Subchapter S corporations are not taxed on income at the corporate level.  Instead, net income (or losses) are allocated to the shareholders in proportion to each shareholder’s share ownership, and then each person is taxed on the profits (or will have a deduction for losses).  Let’s consider an example: Suppose a subchapter S corporation makes $100 in a year, and there are 4 equal shareholders, each of whom own

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