“Gray” Divorce: Separation or Divorce in Older Couples

The American Dream! You’ve married, raised a family, bought a house, put the kids through college. A few years later your children have grown, moved out, started careers and families of their own. Now the “empty nest” feeling of...

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Do we have to be “amicable” to mediate our divorce?

  Many couples contemplating divorce are under the false impression that they must get along and be “amicable” to mediate their divorce or separation.  This is a common misconception.  The truth is that the vast majority of mediation clients will,...

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Divorcing Later in Life

With people now living into their 80’s and 90’s, and the stigma of divorce gone, many older married people begin to re-evaluate the future time spent with their partner. It is now so common for older couples to separate that there...

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Re-entering the workforce during or after your divorce

You’re in the process of a major life transition, separation or divorce, and now possibly faced with the reality of diminished income, especially if only one spouse has been working during the marriage. Yet another life transition is at...

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The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Those couples considering ending their marriage have a new choice in how they actually dissolve the marriage. It's called collaborative divorce. As the name implies, collaborative divorce is all about a team approach to resolving family issues in an amicable...

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Children, divorce, separation and mediation: what and when to tell them

When you and your spouse are separating, or about  to divorce, how you communicate and what you actually say about this situation to your children will have direct impact on how they perceive their future family relationships. As parents you want to protect...

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Two Paths: Divorce Mediation vs. Divorce Court – The Differences

Making the decision to get a divorce can take years of stressful buildup. To make matters worse, the end of your marriage often symbolizes the beginning of a very complicated process.  However, the divorce proceedings don’t have to be...

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Should we get separated?

  This is a very personal question and one that only you can really answer.  Many couples come to a mutual agreement that it is best to physically separate from each other. They may have been in couples counseling and...

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The Issue Of Child Custody In Divorce

While we go into great detail about this issue during a mediation, here is the  general overview of custody arrangements. In New York State, a child is still considered unemancipated until age 21 (or 22 if they are still...

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How to Know if Divorce Mediation is Right for You

Divorce is an overwhelming situation for all involved. As if the actual marriage breakup isn’t enough, there are typically children to worry about, not to mention the division of every asset and debt you never even knew you...

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