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Collaboration Isn’t Always “Kumbaya Around the Campfire”

Collaboration  Isn’t  Always “Kumbaya Around the Campfire”
Among the advantages of the Collaborative Law process to resolve family disputes and transitions are the transparency, cooperativeness and candor committed to by the couple and the settlement professionals.  In every jurisdiction where Collaborative Law is practiced, a “Participation Agreement” (sometimes referred to as a “Process Agreement”) […]

By |March 4th, 2019|

The Evolution from “Custody and Visitation” to “Parenting Plans”

The Evolution from “Custody and Visitation” to “Parenting Plans”
In the “old days” (which in the area of family law can often mean just a few years ago due to the ever-changing landscape of domestic relations), the division of responsibility for and upbringing of minor children in divorce was rather clear-cut.  One parent […]

By |April 5th, 2018|

The Agreement is Everything

The Agreement is Everything
Settlement of family conflicts necessitates dialogue, negotiation, and consensus.  Resolving disputes outside of the adversarial litigation system requires the commitment of time, energy, creativity, and resources to arrive at a lasting and workable accord.  Face-to-face interaction—with the assistance of lawyers trained to work as a team; or a mediator […]

By |February 20th, 2017|

Lawyers in Mediation . . . Thumbs Up or Down ?

Lawyers in Mediation . . . Thumbs Up or Down ?
Mediation for legal separation, parenting plan schedules, asset division, spousal and child support, and similar domestic relations issues is practiced mostly under local protocols and customs rather than strict statutory rules and regulations.  As a result, there is great variance among mediators about exactly how the process […]

By |June 25th, 2016|

The Quagmire of (Q)DROs

The Quagmire of (Q)DROs
Among the most misunderstood aspects of legal separation and divorce is the process of dividing retirement assets.  Not only are the concepts foreign to most couples, but the terminology is often perplexing and unduly complicated.  This passage gives a glimpse of information–and a stern cautionary warning–that may be vital […]

By |March 11th, 2015|

“Temporary” and “Post-Divorce” Maintenance: Formulas . . . or Not?

“Temporary” and “Post-Divorce” Maintenance:   Formulas . . . or Not ?
Dramatically new “temporary” and “post-divorce” laws about maintenance (formerly known in New York and in other states as alimony) were passed in 2010 and created a formula to calculate spousal support.   The introduction of these statutes led many practitioners to predict that negotiations over maintenance will take […]

By |September 12th, 2014|

Is No-Fault Divorce Law Really Without Fault?

Is No-Fault Divorce Law Really Without Fault?
When the New York legislature enacted the 50th “no-fault divorce” law in the U.S. during 2010, it was heralded by the media as a long-overdue victory for residents of our state.  Couples who had endured the archaic fault-based system expressed both joy and relief in this […]

By |May 11th, 2014|

Beneficiary Designations Trump Settlement Agreements

Beneficiary Designations Trump Settlement Agreements
Although decisions of the United States Supreme Court are not always relevant to Collaborative Law, mediation and domestic relations matters in New York, the Justices recently granted a unanimous decision in Hillman v. Maretta that affects divorce clients nationwide.  In a case involving a Virginia law and a Congressional statute […]

By |January 13th, 2014|