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Back-to-School Tips for Divorced Parents

Posted on August 19th, 2021 by ownerAM

Some of my divorce mediation clients have questions about navigating back-to-school with their new co-parent status.  There are several ways to ease not only the divorce transition, but the back-to-school transition as you move forward as partners in parenthood.  Here are some ideas that may help a little: Open Communication:  It seems obvious, but easier […]

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Who Gets (stuck with) the Timeshare in Divorce?

Posted on May 20th, 2021 by ownerAM

A lot of my mediation clients have timeshares and want to know their options when it comes to handling them in their divorce.   There are different types of timeshares, some have a real property interest, some do not.  Either way, they can be considered a community asset and/or liability and need to be addressed […]

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Can Texts Be Used in Divorce Litigation?

Posted on May 3rd, 2021 by ownerAM

Some of my mediation clients asked me what types of communications would have been admitted in divorce proceedings if they had litigated.  Where judges formerly preferred only copies of emails, more recently pretty much everything can be viewed and used in divorce litigation.  Emails, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and text messages can all be forms […]

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Can I Get Divorced if I Have a Covenant Marriage?

Posted on April 12th, 2021 by ownerAM

Although not common, as a Phoenix divorce mediator, I am sometimes asked to assist with a divorce for couples who have a covenant marriage.  Some couples do not even know if they have a covenant marriage.  So, what is it? In Arizona, a couple may enter into a covenant marriage.  In contrast to a standard […]

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Spring Renewal, Blooms, and Divorce

Posted on March 20th, 2021 by ownerAM

I’m seeing more and more couples and families reframe their divorce from the negative connotations of the past to a more positive transition.  Some are committed to the friendliest divorce possible.  Others want to handle things perfectly equalized and as fair as possible.  Many voice that their divorce is a chance at renewal and hope. […]

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How Divorce is Like Football (But Only if You Litigate)

Posted on February 4th, 2021 by ownerAM

As my husband gears up for Superbowl LV, I have the “privilege” of a constant soundtrack of sports talk shows, live games and SportsCenter in my home/office.  So, by osmosis, I’ve picked up a few terms that seem appropriate in a divorce scenario. Playbooks Coaches have game plans the teams review and generally follow before [...]

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In Inauguration Or In Divorce: Choose The Path To Peace And Healing

Posted on January 14th, 2021 by ownerAM

As we as a nation, regardless of political leanings, yearn for a better future and path forward for ourselves, our families and our country, the Biden Inauguration can be looked at as a symbol of healing.  This is one in many significant transitions affecting many of our lives right now.  And, although the stressors of […]

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2020 Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

Posted on December 17th, 2020 by ownerAM

Obviously, 2020 is a year with many changes, and the holidays are going to be affected in ways we never predicted. Divorced parents have offered a few tips that have helped them navigate the holidays and I’ve also been meeting with couples to address novel issues raised by our Covid-19 new world. Socially Distanced Celebrations […]

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How to Handle Marital Stress In These Tough Times

Posted on December 10th, 2020 by ownerAM

This year has been hard on all of us – financially, emotionally, and physically. Being forced indoors much of the time due to social distancing and lockdowns can put a real strain on close relationships. In addition, stress in your daily life can leave you feeling irritated and short-tempered – which can be unfortunate when […]

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Divorcing in Uncertain Times (COVID and Economy)

Posted on December 7th, 2020 by ownerAM

Divorcing in uncertain times, like what we are experiencing right now with COVID -19, adds another level of complication to the decision to divorce, and to the process of divorcing. When you also add in the looming threat of a recession that is a lot to deal with. For couples in this unpleasant situation, mediation […]

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