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Veto of Alimony Reform Bill good move

There have recently been attempts to reform Florida’s alimony laws. The stated goal was to create uniformity and predictability in determining alimony. The unspoken purpose was to eliminate permanent alimony. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article78752617.html#storylink=cpy

By | 2016-06-24T01:42:17+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Veto of Alimony Reform Bill good move

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Why I recommend them for international marriages

The best case to make for a pre-nuptial agreement is that it’s insurance. People who get married don’t imagine that they’ll get divorced, but with roughly half of marriages ending in divorce, it’s certainly a strong possibility. And if a couple does get divorced, a pre-nuptial agreement that clearly states what happens to both parties’ [...]

By | 2017-11-27T15:44:36+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Pre- and post-nuptial agreements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Why I recommend them for international marriages

Divorce is not the time to operate from your emotions

There’s been a lot of talk about the new Star Wars movie in the last few weeks. Those familiar with the franchise know that there’s a powerful, universal energy in this world called “The Force,” and the advice given from the Jedi Masters who are training up-and-coming Jedi is to “trust your feelings.” But they [...]

By | 2016-02-08T02:07:44+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Divorce is not the time to operate from your emotions

Why You Should Avoid a Courtroom Divorce If You Own a Business

An increasing number of Americans are starting their own businesses, joining the record numbers of Americans who already own and operate businesses. That’s simply the way the American workforce is moving, and on the whole, I believe it’s a positive thing. […]

By | 2016-01-06T02:06:04+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Collaborative Law, Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why You Should Avoid a Courtroom Divorce If You Own a Business

Don’t Be Too High Up (Advice to Divorced Parents from a 6-year-old)

There’s a viral video that’s been circulating recently, from a 6-year-old girl talking to her mom about the divorce they’re all in the midst of experiencing. It’s, first and foremost, a plea for her parents to be nice to one another, and to emerge from the negotiations as friends. She talks earnestly about trying to [...]

By | 2015-12-16T21:25:19+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Be Too High Up (Advice to Divorced Parents from a 6-year-old)

The Value of Collaborative Law for Divorcing Clients

http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wlrn/audio/2014/05/2014.05.12-TC.mp3 Source: http://wlrn.org/post/florida-collaborative-trainers-collaborative-divorceI recently had the opportunity to join some of my family law colleagues from the Florida Collaborative Trainers (lawyer Rosemarie Roth, mental health professional Lana Stern, and financial professional Edward Sachs) for an extended interview on WLRN’s Tropical Currents. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk about Collaborative law with host Bonnie Berman [...]

By | 2014-11-08T18:49:53+00:00 November 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Value of Collaborative Law for Divorcing Clients

The Divorce Lawyer As Peacemaker: An Approach That Helps Couples

It wasn’t so long ago we thought of the family attorney as someone who is supposed to “win” for his or her client. Though L.A. Law’s Arnie Becker was a fictional character meant to be a little larger than life, he fit the public’s expectations of a “pit bull” divorce lawyer. To be a good [...]

By | 2014-07-22T00:17:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2014|Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Divorce Lawyer As Peacemaker: An Approach That Helps Couples

Finding the Right Divorce Process: It’s Okay to Change Mid-Stream

Some people think that once their divorce is being litigated, or is being mediated, that they’re bound to that decision until the divorce becomes final. And people who think they’re stuck with that first choice might come to regret it. Deciding to litigate a divorce, for example, might feel good in the heat of the [...]

By | 2014-07-16T00:13:09+00:00 July 16th, 2014|Collaborative Law, Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Finding the Right Divorce Process: It’s Okay to Change Mid-Stream

How to Tell If Your Divorce Lawyer Is A Collaborative Lawyer

One of the most concerning things I’ve found in my years of practicing family law – especially with my decision to move entirely away from litigation – is that not all lawyers who claim to be collaborative lawyers are actually Collaborative lawyers. Some lawyers feel that the word “collaborative” has marketing value, and that it [...]

By | 2014-07-09T00:11:09+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Collaborative Law, Divorce, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Tell If Your Divorce Lawyer Is A Collaborative Lawyer

“Gray Divorce” – When Couples Grow Older and Grow Apart

A recent NPR story noted that Americans over 50 today are twice as likely to get divorced compared to their counterparts 20 years ago. There are a lot of reasons why – divorce isn’t as stigmatized as it used to be, more women are financially independent, and people are more active and living longer and [...]

By | 2014-04-10T01:06:51+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Gray Divorce” – When Couples Grow Older and Grow Apart