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Mediation: What it IS, What it ISN’T, and How it can help YOU

March 29th, 2021 by mjp-admin

Mature couple signing contract in mediator’s office

In my office, we help couples and individuals plan their future after divorce using family law litigation and mediation. Most people can quickly understand the idea of traditional litigation, but mediation can be a bit more challenging to describe. Mediation is a lot of things… it is a conversation… it is an opportunity to stay in control of your own life… but as a process,

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What if Your Divorce Could Make You a Better Parent?

March 3rd, 2021 by mjp-admin

Family broke up, divorce, co-parenting

Many people approach divorce as an “escape hatch” from a difficult relationship, and assume that after the divorce they will never have to have another tough conversation with their ex. It comes as a surprise to them that, if they share children, they will be co-parenting with their ex-spouse for many years,

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Valentine’s Day Post-Divorce: It’s All About Your Children!

February 5th, 2021 by mjp-admin

Valentine’s Day is almost here and couples everywhere are making plans of how to spend the special day together. The reality for many newly divorced couples is that holidays like Valentine’s Day challenge them to navigate a “new norm”. Whether they worked with one of the top divorce lawyers or one of the best divorce mediators, newly divorced couples cannot fall back on the traditions and routines that they enjoyed with their children and their family. Read more…

How to Get Divorced Without “Going Broke or Feeling Screwed”

April 8th, 2020 by mjp-admin

Sometimes during the divorce
process, couples have nuanced issues that require expertise beyond my scope. To
help them, I have a team of trusted colleagues who I rely on to guide clients
through financial or emotional struggles. During this blog series, I have asked
members of my team to come up with some important tips to help divorcing
couples during the process.

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What is Holiday Marital False Alarm Syndrome?

December 15th, 2019 by mjp-admin

The winter holidays are a notoriously troubling time for many families. Research demonstrates time and again that the excess of emotion, alcohol consumption, family arguments, spousal disputes, and situational depression escalate predictably during December.

Not to mention, the holidays are expensive. You are likely working with a compromised and tight budget but with high expectations for gift giving.

You are forced to spend time with relatives and friends who are challenging to interact with even during easier times of the year. Read more…

3 Research Conclusions You Should Know About Divorce and Children

November 26th, 2019 by mjp-admin

Here is the truth you need to put front and center in your brain now and forever: 

Conflict between you and your spouse is poison for your child. 

Years of research across multiple disciplines have found this to be indisputable. But while conflict is poisonous to children, that isn’t to say divorce is poison.

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