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Mediation: The New Norm for Divorce During Social Distancing

September 11th, 2020 by mjp-admin

In the midst of COVID-19 our world is rapidly changing. Social distancing has become important to reduce the speed of the virus’ spread. Tensions are high in quarantined households as close quarters can exacerbate relationship issues that were tolerable under “normal” circumstances. How can you tell whether quarantine has caused your unhappiness, or there are more significant relationship issues at the root of your discontentment?

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Course Correction: How to Maintain a Healthy Marriage and Prevent Divorce in the Wake of a Pandemic

April 28th, 2020 by mjp-admin

We are living in strange times…

There is ample evidence to support this adage.
Previously unseen levels of widespread quarantine. New terms like “social
distancing”. The rampant spread of a pandemic causing death and hardship around
the world. Unemployment and market volatility unseen since the Great
Depression.

Perhaps the most telling evidence that we live in
strange times is an article about how to save marriages authored by a divorce
attorney.

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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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Maybe It’s Not a Marital Problem, Maybe It’s a Holiday Problem

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.

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The Imperative of Self-Care for Divorcing Parents: Arranging Social Options During Holidays

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,

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What Makes A Couple Ideal Candidates for Mediation?

July 31st, 2019 by Marta J. Papa

I strongly believe a divorcing couple should always consider the possibility of using mediation so they can make their own decisions about their divorce– instead of leaving it up to two attorneys and a judge.

So who can mediate?

Nearly any couple of spouses can mediate if they are civil enough to one another that they can tolerate sitting in the same room,

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