Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 14, 2013

The “Graying” of Divorce

While the divorce rate in the U. S. has been decreasing since its peak in the 1980’s, divorce rates for those over the age of 50 is at an all-time high. The divorce rate for this age group has doubled Continue reading…

June 13, 2013

Spousal Maintenance: First vs. Second Wives

Categories: AlimonyCollaborative LawDivorce

Wow, the phrase “First vs. Second Wives” makes me cringe.  There is so much wrong with it, or at least so much to dislike or be uncomfortable about. Let me count the ways (Keep in mind that this is in the Continue reading…

June 12, 2013

Reset and Restore Emotional Balance During Divorce

Recently, I viewed an interesting webinar that was sponsored by the Psychotherapy Networker. A psychologist named Jay Efran was interviewed about his study of emotions.  He described two stages of emotional experience: the arousal stage and the recovery stage.  When Continue reading…

June 11, 2013

Financing Graduation

With warm weather comes the end of the school year and with the end of the school year, comes graduation.  Graduating from high school or college is a big accomplishment and many families celebrate their son or daughter’s graduation with Continue reading…

June 10, 2013

Collaborative Divorce “Cons”?

Much has been said about a newer process of divorce called Collaborative Divorce.  In Collaborative Divorce, the couple works with a multi-disciplinary team to produce a unique and personalized divorce contract wherein both parties agree not to go or threaten Continue reading…

June 7, 2013

Mutually Informed

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

“I am so glad we came in together, this has been so helpful.” This is a comment I hear so often from couples after they come in to meet with me together to talk about their divorce process options. Not Continue reading…

June 6, 2013

Waiting to Divorce Until Kids Have Grown, Does It Work?

My wonderful in-laws were married for more than 71 years.   During their later years, visitors to their apartment were surprised to see a copy of The Collaborative Way to Divorce on their bookshelf.  The confusion was remedied after it they explained Continue reading…

June 5, 2013

Arias Trial Should Bring Domestic Violence to the Forefront

As a former prosecutor, I have been mesmerized by the testimony in the Jody Arias murder trial.  Jody Arias is accused of killing her boyfriend.  Jody Arias’ defense is that she is a victim of domestic abuse and acted in Continue reading…

June 4, 2013

Blended Families

Information from a recent Vital Statistics Report shows that about 75% of divorced persons eventually remarry and about 65% of remarriages involve children from the prior marrage and form blended families. Also 60% of all remarriages eventually end in legal Continue reading…

June 3, 2013

The Best Wedding Gift of All

Have you ever attended a wedding where the groom’s parents refused to be in the same photograph? Do you know a bride who had to keep her divorced parents separated during the reception? The resulting tension can be palpable to Continue reading…