Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
What is an appeal and how do I know if I should appeal?
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
In some situations, matters need to be settled in court, but the vast majority of divorces in California are resolved through a mutual agreement between the parties. Ideally, these agreements are formed through...more
Mediation is not a miracle cure for all divorce disagreements, but with the right preparation, it can be an effective method for reaching a fair, mutually agreeable settlement. Do not let common misconceptions make you...more
Why choose mediation?
If you and your spouse are approaching divorce, you may be wondering how to avoid the contentious disputes that often mar whatever good memories exist of a relationship. The traditional divorce...more
Divorce mediation is like anything else: the better prepared you are going in, the better the outcome will be when you’re done. What follows are some important issues to remember about mediation so you can feel better about...more
This article discusses the unique challenge surrounding the personal worth of animals — both companion and farm — at divorce, and offers pointers to divorce mediators who face these issues, which can complicate even the...more
Mediated divorces have been growing in popularity — and for good reason. They are cost-effective, less stressful and enable divorcing couples to exert much more control over decisions such as property division. Plus, the...more
Discussion about parenting plan mediation generally focuses on the people at the table – the parents. Those parents who reach agreement express satisfaction. They save time and money by avoiding further action in court. They...more
Mediation is not for everybody. But the truth is, mediation works well — often better than a traditional litigated divorce — for many couples seeking a dissolution of marriage....more
The problems in family law are as old as civilization. (Ask Ann Boleyn about it.)
The solutions remain difficult. A courtroom may be the worst place to resolve a custody dispute. It is also rarely the best place to...more
Every September brings excitement for thousands of children leaving the house for the first time and attending school and for those going back to school. The little yellow bus turning the corner also brings excitement and...more
When you decided to get divorced, you knew it was going to be difficult. But you did not realize just how difficult. Facing the cold, hard truths of divorce can often make people reconsider their course of action, and stay...more
Some divorcing couples fear litigation above all else. They do not want to get drawn into a long, expensive court battle in which a judge reviews every embarrassing detail of their lives and pits ex-spouses against one...more
In New Jersey, mediation is not mandatory in divorce cases. If you decide that mediation is not right for you or if you tried mediation and were not pleased with the results, you have the right to go to court and have your...more
Recently the United States Supreme Court issued long anticipated rulings in the first marriage cases to reach the high court – United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. ...more
Massachusetts is one of twelve of states, along with the District of Columbia, which recognize same-sex marriage. Since 2004, same sex couples have had the right to marry in Massachusetts. Like their opposite-sex...more
When a couple decides to divorce and wishes to do so in an amicable, non-contentious manner, the parties may want to consider mediation. A mediator is a neutral third party, such as an attorney who assists the couple in...more
Divorce mediation is a process of resolving disputes by engaging a neutral third party who acts as a facilitator, assisting the divorcing spouses in reaching an agreement....more
When we think of a wedding, we typically think about a joyous time - not about lawyers, meetings and arguments. Yet for many people, their wedding does involve these elements because they have chosen to enter a “prenuptial...more
A divorce proceeding can be emotionally and financially draining to both parties. The key to minimizing the pain of divorce is to keep the emotional components in check and to focus on the financial aspects of the case by...more
When David Arquette and Courteney Cox announced their plans to divorce this past June, we learned a few important things that indicated that this is an amicable split. David, who as of this writing is representing himself, is...more
Mediation is one of several Complementary Dispute Resolution Programs governed by New Jersey Court Rule 1:40. This Court Rule is set forth in its entirety on our Judiciary’s website at www.judiciary.state.nj.us. The...more
With the Supreme Court's first oral arguments of 2013 underway this week, there are several employment-related cases of note still awaiting decisions....more
A useful list of suggestions for avoiding and neutralizing family conflict during holiday gatherings, roughly framed in terms of the general principles of interest based negotiation....more
Under the new Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act which became effective on March 1, 2013, there are new and specific standards and guidelines upon which a spouse may file a complaint for modification to decrease or increase...more
We are excited to announce the publication of our new eBook on Divorce Mediation. Learn what the many benefits are by getting a divorce through mediation versus a long, expensive and protracted contested divorce. See also how...more