Family Law

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How Does Mediation Work?

April 16, 2010

Mediation can take place over a series of sessions. But, more often than not, it is scheduled for a continuous amount of time to keep the negotiations going. Sessions are generally held in the privacy of the mediator’s office or an attorney’s office, and begin with all involved signing an agreement that the negotiations will be kept confidential. At the end of a successful mediation, the mediator will prepare a Memorandum or writing expressing the…

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Get A Will

April 16, 2010

As you begin the divorce process, the first order of business is to review your will. If you do not have one, get one immediately. Succession laws may conflict with your wishes. You may choose to consult David Hillier of this law firm regarding your will, as well as any financial concerns and considerations you may have.

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Reconcilliation

April 14, 2010

Often a potential client visits an attorney to discuss divorce. Although, they have not yet made the decision to take the big step. First, they want to know their options. Attorneys typically encourage them to explore alternatives, and often suggest how to protect themselves and meet their needs instead of divorce. If your attorney raises the issue of reconciliation, he is not questioning or judging your decision. He is clarifying and confirming you know your…

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Practical Matters

April 14, 2010

Litigation often spawns more litigation. To determine whether certain issues are worth litigating, you must weigh the price you will pay with your time, emotions, and money, against the anticipated outcome and its benefit to you. Again, your attorney will advise you on these matters. Dating prior to the final divorce: Don’t, unless your attorney has specifically advised you that it is okay. Dating prior to final divorce, or the signing of a Separation Agreement,…

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Emotions & Divorce

Emotions

April 13, 2010

In a domestic dispute, negative emotions such as hostility, anger, and revenge can needlessly delay a resolution and increase the cost. Perspective and objectivity, on the other hand, can promote a conclusion, and reduce the cost. Many factors may be involved in the breakup of your marriage. You may feel indignation, anger, and resentment toward your spouse. You may want to punish your spouse by making the process difficult and time-consuming. This type of thinking…

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