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Amicable DIVORCE? YOU CAN STILL REAP THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION

If you and your spouse are able to agree on most issues, it’s tempting to think that your divorce might be quickly and easily determined in court.  While this might happen, you can reduce time and expense associated with your divorce by opting to go through mediation.  Mediation is beneficial for many couples and may be the right solution for your situation, even if you and your spouse are on good terms. Mediation has a neutral focus and uses a third party to help you discuss critical issues.  Mediation tends to offer even amicable couples the opportunity to generate their

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Same-Sex DIVORCE IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY STATES – THE CHALLENGES

For the past decade, it has been difficult to keep up with the advance of same-sex marriage throughout the country because it has quickly transformed both the image of marriage and the legal field that defines it. The process for divorce, in states where same-sex marriage is legal, is the same for straight and gay couples. Although this is true, the speed of change involved with same-sex marriage has outstripped the courts ability to compensate. This makes divorce even more challenging to same-sex couple, not to mention the financial and emotional toll of the process. When same-sex couples divorce, they

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Resolving SPOUSAL CONFLICT IN PROPERTY DIVISION

Divorces are never easy. Even when they are collaborative or when the couple is “amicable”, the dissolution of shared, intertwined lives is more complex than people realize. When the time comes to divide property between spouses, this complexity becomes even more evident in the struggle to hold on to objects and things that no one has thought about in years. What should be a simple negotiation turns into a lengthy process because of competition and passive-aggressiveness. This is true whether the property in question has either sentimental value or monetary value. A collaborative divorce or mediation can easily turn into

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Often-Forgotten EXPENSES IN DIVORCE PLANNING

It’s hard to accept that your divorce is going to cost you more than you expect but this is often the case.  There’s usually an unexpected issue that may bring on a major fight over, or cause your attorney to spend extra time researching or hammering out.  It’s difficult to get an idea of where your expenses might come from but there are some essentials yet usually forgotten aspects of divorce that you should keep in mind. 1. Health Insurance Were you previously covered under your spouse’s plan? Typically, married couples will select the spouse with the better plan to

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Free DIVORCE – SAN DIEGO DIVORCE MEDIATION

Here at A Fair Way Mediation, we often hear about couples looking for a free divorce.  While we wish it could be as simple as a free divorce to go your separate ways, it’s far more complicated than that.   We realize people want to save as much money as possible when filing for a divorce, but there really isn’t such thing as a free divorce.    Depending on the couple, there are a wide variety of assets that need to be divided up properly and fairly, possible child custody issues, financial compensation, and much more depending on the complexity of your

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Free DIVORCE CONSIDERATIONS

Here are some free tips to think about before your start your divorce. 1. DO NOT HIDE ASSETS FROM YOUR SPOUSE.California is a Community Property State. Everything that came into existence between the date of marriage and the date of separation is owned equally between the parties. If you hide anything from your spouse you could lose any and all interest in the item if you commit fraud. As painful as it is, giving up half is better than giving away 100%. 2. DO NOT SIGN ANY NEW CONTRACTS WITH OR FOR YOUR SPOUSE ONCE YOU’VE MADE THE DECISION TO DIVORCE.If you

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