January 10th, 2020 by mjp-admin
I’ve discussed Holiday Marital False Alarm Syndrome which predictably arises each year in December throughout many households. That’s why it does not come as a surprise each January when my calendar is quickly filled with divorce consultations. However, some couples are surprised by the outcome of their appointment with me.
By making a divorce mediation appointment and by honestly answering probing questions I pose to them,
November 12th, 2019 by mjp-admin
Many people who come to see me seem to think one or all of the following myths about divorce:
- Divorce is going to be the answer to all my problems.
- Divorce will cost me money and be an unpleasant process, but after it’s final, I will be just fine and so will the kids.
October 16th, 2019 by mjp-admin
A client of mine from some years ago, Mrs. X, chose a proactive stance in tackling her first Thanksgiving holiday alone after her divorce. Determined to not simmer in a sulk and drown herself in solitude with a bottle of dry Chardonnay, she chose to serve the impoverished instead. Ironically, by nourishing the needy in the St. Louis community with a holiday meal,
August 15th, 2019 by Marta J. Papa
Once you have decided with certainty that a divorce is in your best interest, I recommend following these four steps:
1. Back Off From Social Media
This first step is essential. If you are unhappy in your marriage, it is not unusual for others to know about it, especially if you are inclined to share personal information on Facebook and other social media sites.
July 23rd, 2019 by Marta J. Papa
I have six recommendations for couples who are looking for a mediator.
- Ask about their training and if they are court-approved mediators.
- Ask about the number of meditations they’ve successfully completed.
- Interview more than one mediator and see who you feel is knowledgeable, keeps the playing field level and you feel comfortable talking to and is not judgmental.
July 15th, 2019 by Marta J. Papa
While divorce is never an anticipated outcome when couples join together in marriage, it continues to be a likely outcome. In the US, a recent breakdown of divorce statistics remains sobering:
- 41% of first marriages end in divorce
- 60% of second marriages end in divorce
- 73% of third marriages end in divorce
Couples who are ending their marital relationship will most commonly find themselves focused upon three major concerns: the children,