Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 31, 2013

Hard Conversations With Elderly Parents

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My parents are 87 years old and I have recently had to face their realities which include limited mobility, increased health problems, and questions about whether they should stay in their home, go to an assisted living facility, or get Continue reading…

May 30, 2013

Some of the Best Things in Divorce Are Free

It occurs to me that just as in the rest of our lives, some of the best things in divorce are free. Here are more than a few free items that I came up with on a recent afternoon. Initial Continue reading…

May 27, 2013

Support Options for Coparenting

Angelina Jolie has been a news-maker lately for her courageous decision to disclose her personal health care response to having a breast cancer gene. You may have noticed in her media interviews how often she has referred to “my partner, Continue reading…

May 23, 2013

Divorce Alimony: How Much for How Long?

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is one of the most difficult issues in divorce. How much? How long? Can it be modified? These are the questions that must be answered by divorcing couples. Faced with having to support two households rather than Continue reading…

May 22, 2013

Same-Sex Divorce for Couples Married in Other States

While much of the focus of the new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota is focused on the upcoming weddings, the new law also paves the way for same-sex couples to legally divorce once the law goes into effect on Continue reading…

May 20, 2013

Better Angels of Our Nature: Lincoln and Divorce

Abraham Lincoln, one of my heroes, spoke to a divided nation in 1861 and expressed a hope that everyone, north and south,  would be touched by “the better angels of our nature”.      These poetic words are often ringing Continue reading…

May 20, 2013

How Long Will It Take To Get Divorced?

A frequent question asked during an initial phone call or meeting with a client is “When will I be divorced?” The answer is “It depends.” It depends on whether or not there are issues in dispute, what those issues are, Continue reading…

May 17, 2013

The Most Common Divorce Mistake

The most common mistake I have seen couples make during divorce might surprise you. It’s something that is done unknowingly. It’s done with good intentions. It’s something our culture has taught us to do. So what is it? It’s choosing Continue reading…

May 17, 2013

Collaborative Divorce: Finding a Path from Chaos to Serenity

Many recovering alcoholics claim that the wisdom of The Serenity Prayer saved their life.  I have found in my practice that the wisdom contained in this simple prayer can also serve as an essential guide for helping people through a Continue reading…

May 16, 2013

Can We Be Friends?

“I hope we can be friends.”  This is not an uncommon wish of one or both people when going through a divorce.  Sometimes, however, there is a lot of pain and anguish going on for at least one of them Continue reading…