Collaborative Divorce in the News
Divide Your Business During Divorce Without Destroying It

A nasty divorce resolved by a courthouse showdown can destroy the family, the family's wealth and the family's business. The worst of these divorces end with a business or personal bankruptcy. When a divorce becomes a "war" there are many casualties.

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Couples consider collaborative practice as alternative to courtroom battles

In an effort to save money and avoid drama, couples who are ending their marriages are thinking about skipping litigation by working together, according to legal experts.

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Facing Divorce in an Uncertain Economy with Collaborative Law

These are uncertain economic times for all of us. While the outlook is slowly improving, news updates still occasionally toss around scary catch phrases like "double-dip recession," and "double-digit unemployment." And for those facing a divorce or a post-divorce modification suit, the fragile economic forecast can make an already uncertain future feel more like a double-looped roller coaster.

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A Kinder & Gentler Divorce

Is there a better way to divorce? Collaborative law provides a kinder and gentler model for divorce dispute resolution – where the object is to settle the case without going to court. In March we explored the less-messy divorce and emerging trends in litigation with a team of experts including attorney Curtis Harrison, mental health professional Linda Solomon and financial professional Scott Clarke

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Bruce P. Matez, Esq. was interviewed on the subject of Collaborative Divorce on WHYY”s “Voices in the Family"

Cherry Hill New Jersey. Bruce P. Matez Esquire of Borger Jones Matez & Keeley-Cain, PA in Cherry Hill, NJ was a guest on "Voices in the Family" on WHYY on July 18th. He was interviewed on the subject of collaborative divorce—an increasingly popular, non-combative way for couples to end their marriage.

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Parting ways without splitting headaches

An ugly divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating, with partners who once pledged to love and honor each other fighting tooth and nail over every aspect. In their weekly conversation, WHYY's Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss a new approach to splitting up: collaborative divorce. Its goal is to avoid conflict, and mental health professionals are involved from the start.

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Are Stay-At-Home Parents At Financial Risk During Divorce?

Last year there were approximately five million stay-at-home momsin the United States. (The number decreased slightly from 2008, statistically insignificant according to the Census Bureau because of the recession.) In 2007, the Pew Research Center reported a significant uptick in the number of moms who preferred staying home to raise children.

Ohio State University sociology professor Liana Sayer says that society still generally feels it's unacceptable for men to be stay-at-home dads. Nevertheless, their numbers are on the rise, too. The Census Bureau estimates the number of stay-at-home fathers at 159,000, which tripled over a decade. Some say that's a gross underestimation, however, because it fails to account for nearly 2 million more fathers now primary caregivers due to the recession as well as fathers who work part-time to care for their children.

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Facing a divorce? Protect your finances

Divorce is in our face every day. The broken marriages of Hollywood stars and political power couples fill our TV screens and magazine pages. Our email and Facebook accounts reveal that a friend's "perfect marriage" wasn't what it seemed.

You may shake your head and think "not me." Then there you are.

During my time as a financial advisor I counseled many clients about their money as they went through a divorce -- and I even experienced one of my own. Most of us anticipate a certain level of emotional turmoil. But are you prepared for the financial fallout?

The good news is you can avoid most of them with a bit of diligence and planning. If you're currently facing a divorce, here are some things I'd suggest:

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Florida Legislature Passes Changes to International Child Support and Alimony

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2011 – The changes to the alimony laws via Senate Bill 1978 were nixed during Florida Senate sessions earlier this summer. However, a separate bill was passed, HB1111, and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott in late May. The bill is important as it further promotes Florida's Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) to enforce support orders from foreign countries that recognize the Maintenance Convention.

"Many individuals get very concerned when an ex moves to a foreign country and yet still owes monthly child support to help with all the needs of their child," said Zephyrhills family law attorney Marcie Baker. "This bill helps reinforce the standards allowing a divorced parent to get child support from an ex whether they are out of state or out of the country."

The bill also created some additional changes to alimony that the Florida Legislature pushed to get approved. Last year the legislature created "Durational Alimony" for short term and mid term marriages. Starting July 1 of this year, when deciding on permanent alimony courts must now:

- Determine the no other type of alimony is "fair and reasonable" before permanent alimony is given

- Unless there are exceptional circumstances, alimony cannot leave one party with significantly less income

- Durational alimony should be awarded even after a long-term marriage ends unless there is "clear-and-convincing" evidence of a need for permanent alimony

"The goal of the changes is to ensure that steep alimony awards are not given when the other spouse simply cannot afford to pay the hefty amount. These changes show the shift away from permanent alimony in long term marriages."

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Back to School Season Brings Unique Challenges for Children of Divorced or Separated Parents

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) August 22, 2011

A new school year is full of surprises, but expecting the unexpected will assist parents dealing with separation and divorce, says Nan Cohen, host of "Dealing with Divorce" on Pittsburgh's KQV-AM. The unique challenges of students entering a new school or classroom this time of year can be stressful, says Cohen. But "back-to-school" coupled with parents who now operate from two households or juggling their own emotions require families to apply some specific steps for success.

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Signing a prenup: In case 'I do' becomes 'I don't'

Although prenuptial agreements are often associated with celebrity couples — and their headline-generating divorces — they're not just for boldface names.

Any couple who brings personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. The most basic of these contracts lists an inventory of premarital assets that in the event of a divorce will remain the property of their original owner.

"Prenups are good because they preserve the expectations of the parties and prevent surprises in a divorce trial," says attorney Bob Nachshin, a partner in family law firm Nachshin & Langlois LLP in Los Angeles, and co-author of "I Do, You Do ... But Just Sign Here: A Quick and Easy Guide to Cohabitation, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements." "In my 34 years of practice, I've never seen a prenuptial agreement that wasn't enforced by the court."

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