Articles about Divorce Mediation

The New Maintenance Statute

The new law governing post-divorce maintenance is now official and goes into effect on Jan. 23, 2016. Mediators can begin to use it immediately as part of the possible options a couple can use.

Child Support Using A/B Expenses

Using child support guidelines is not for everyone. An alternative that has been used a number of times in mediations done through the Center for Mediation & Training divides child-related expenses into two categories.

Social Security Retirement Benefits: The Last Insult of a Sexist Society

An older, divorcing couple rarely has more than one or two assets worth more than their Social Security rights. After a house and pension/retirement plans, Social Security is their next largest “asset.” Yet it is rarely considered by their lawyers, mediators, nor the parties themselves.

Untying the Knot

In most public accounts of divorce, there is no confusion as to why the couple is splitting up.

Child Support: The Future is Now

In an important child support decision, the New York State Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court), has decided that custodial parents are entitled to cost of living adjustments (increasing agreed upon child support), unless their agreement specifically waives the right to a cost of living adjustment.

How Legal Is A Legal Separation?

To answer the question of how legal is a legal separation, I’m reminded of the saying that “possession is nine-tenths of the law.”

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