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Should We Stay Together for the Kids?

Equitable Mediation

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You may be wondering about divorce and its effect on children and asking yourself if you should get a divorce or stay married for the sake of your kids.

What parents who love their children wouldn't?

But does staying together for the kids do more harm than good throughout the years?

In order to settle the age-old debate on whether or not you and your spouse should end your unhappy marriage and divorce or stay for the kids, we asked a panel of experts to share their advice for parents.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Support, Reluctant Spouse

Community Property and Divorce: Not Always 50-50

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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You and your spouse were partners.

And worked hard throughout all the years of your marriage in order to achieve your financial goals.

But now that you’re facing a divorce, you have questions about community property and exactly how the division of assets and liabilities works.

You’ve heard that for couples divorcing in a Community Property state, spouses split everything 50-50, but you don't know how to decipher community property vs separate property, how to untangle assets or debts that have been co-mingled during the course of your marriage and whether or not you and your spouse actually get a say in how to divide your property and debts in a fair and equitable way.

You also want to make sure that all the income you worked so hard to earn doesn’t wind up getting wasted on divorce attorneys and outrageous legal fees.

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Topics: Amicable, Fair, Dividing Assets and Liabilities, Washington State

How to Find a Good Divorce Mediator Near Me

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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You want a divorce.

And you want to mediate.

Which is more than I knew when my ex-husband and I made the decision to end our marriage.

We hadn't ever heard of mediation. All we knew is we wanted to get an uncontested divorce without lawyers and respectfully resolve our issues out of court. And we didn't want to go broke in the process.

A friend told me about mediation and I found a divorce mediator near me. And luckily, my divorce went quite smoothly. My now ex-husband and I completed the process in a few months and our entire divorce cost less than we would have spent on the attorney retainers alone.

But as you probably already know, making the decision to use mediation is only a small part of the divorce process.

You also need to figure out how to find a mediator for divorce who is competent and qualified.

Because the mediator you hire to guide you through the divorce process is just as important as the decision to use mediation itself.

So what are the criteria to use when evaluating the qualifications of a mediator? And what do you need to know about how to find a good divorce mediator and determine if the person you're considering is competent and best qualified to help you?

Luckily you've come to the right place because those questions and more will be answered in this post...

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Illinois, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington State

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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