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,
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,
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,
November 15th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa
Mediation is an option when one or both parties are concerned with privacy during divorce. In divorce mediation, there are:
- No public court hearings;
- No depositions;
- No submissions of evidence;
- No courtroom testimony;
- No discovery.
To further maintain privacy, in mediation, we can file your divorce documents in a different county so nothing is filed with your local court.
September 18th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa
A mediator doesn’t represent either spouse. Mediators assume a netural role in which they work on behalf of both parties and facilitate constructive communication.
Everything discussed in mediation is kept private. Mediators cannot be subpoenaed or called to testify on behalf of mediation clients. This allows the mediation room to be a safe place promoting open dialogue and a cooperative outcome.
September 8th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa
Mediation saves you time, which is vital to business owners, but there are more reasons to consider mediation when considering divorce.
Here are some common scenarios we see in our office:
– Both spouses have owned and operated a business together during their marriage;
– One spouse has owned and operated a business during the marriage;