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Blueprint – Divorce Narrative

Adult woman and daughter hugging

I hope the questions from the last blog post were helpful in considering how you want your children to hear the news that your relationship is ending/has already ended.  I think this is one of the last conversations a parent wants to have with his or h… Read more [+]

Talking About Divorce

Q&A:  We’re getting a divorce and we haven’t told our kids yet.  When should we do that?  And better yet:  how should we do that? I’ve worked with quite a few families who are entering (or in the midst of) the process of divorce, and I think this i… Read more [+]

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders: What You Need to Know

Most people don’t realize that when they file the paperwork for a divorce, in California, automatic temporary restraining orders (TROs) are triggered. One of the initial forms that you must file is the Summons, otherwise known as FL-110. The second pag… Read more [+]

Divorce Spikes Twice A Year, Study Says

A new study just out confirms what those of us in the industry already knew about…..divorce spikes at certain times of the year, you can bank on it! The University of Washington asked the question, Is Divorce Seasonal?…the answer is yes, yes it is…. Read more [+]

“Divorce” TV Show Highlights Mediation

I have a terrible habit I have to admit to you. I love television. I grew up in the 1980s. What can I say? That is why I get excited when I see a new show on television and especially excited when it is  in our industry. A “Divorce” TV show has me intr… Read more [+]

What is A Parenting Coordinator? Is it right for us?

A Parenting Coordinator, like the concept of nesting discussed in a previous blog, is a tool used more often in the mediation room than the courtroom. Yet, it is one that can make all the difference if there is contention surrounding the parenting of y… Read more [+]

Top Tips to Prepare For A Divorce – A Beginner’s Guide

Nobody goes into a marriage thinking they will get a divorce. And then,….there you are, faced with the worst. If you have never been here before, and even if you have, it may be a confusing place to be. In addition to all the emotional tumult, there… Read more [+]

How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost in California?

One dollar bill

Our last blog focused on divorce cost in California. We touched a bit upon what is the divorce mediation cost vs. other methods of divorce, but didn’t really delve in to look at, particularly, how much does divorce mediation cost? No matter what versio… Read more [+]

What is the Cost of a California Divorce? Maybe more than you think


Getting a California divorce can be costly. You have been across from that colleague at lunch who was completely unprepared for their surging attorney fees. Who doesn’t have a friend who describes their California divorce as a pit they keep throwing mo… Read more [+]

Grandparents’ Rights in California: What you need to know

Grandmother and baby

In the recent California Court of Appeal ruling  Jeffrey D. Stuard, et al. v. Matthew Stuard the current schema to determine grandparents’ rights in California was reaffirmed. The crux of the case is that father’s parents have been given visitation. Th… Read more [+]