914.946.0848  .  contact  .  map & directions  .  subscribe  .  LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+
Mediation Blog

Topic: Couples | 38 post(s).

May 4, 2022 -   While marriage is the usual path when two people are in love and want to live together, some couples decide to live together without being married and without bothering to get a cohabitation agreement. This may be all well and good until it isn’t. Without the Agreement, when the couple breaks up or one party dies, there can be a slew of problems around the joint property acquired during the relationship. If you would like more information about mediation, [...]

November 18, 2021 -   Couples with opposite personality traits may thrive as one’s style is countered by the opposite style. When they divorce, the characteristics that attracted them to one another can now seem annoying and negative. Discussing between yourselves can lead to fights, but mediation can allow you to frame your differences in more positive ways. [...]

August 26, 2020 -   When divorcing, some couples become somewhat obsessed about splitting everything evenly. When it comes to the kids, a 50/50 parenting plan without some flexibility can potentially do more harm than good. Focusing on how much time your kids are spending with the other parent can be self-defeating when it comes to your relationship with the children.  [...]

June 30, 2020 -   Though the end of year holidays may be long over when this video is published, those holidays prompted my discussion of this topic for divorced couples. Sharing the kids during all of the holidays throughout the year is often a difficult subject to tackle, but there are some practical ways to work out the logistics so that your kids will have good memories of spending holiday time with their parents.  [...]

May 20, 2020 - {3 minutes to read} As a divorce mediator, it’s not surprising that I work with many couples who experience a lack of communication. Since that lack of communication is now being coupled with spending an inordinate amount of time with your spouse during the pandemic, you may consider this an opportunity to improve your communication. In Listening During a Pandemic, Kate Murphy writes that while a pandemic has the likelihood of causing an increase in divorce, it ca [...]

September 25, 2019 - {4 minutes to read}  At a recent conference for divorce and family mediators that I attended, I heard a panel consisting of judges, hearing officers and law clerks speak to the reality of the court process. Here are some of the negative consequences they raised: Timeframe Although there are rules that say the entire process in New York County would be “trial ready” in less than a year after filing, the reality is that it could be two years or more to g [...]

July 10, 2019 - {3:30 minutes to read} In my last video, I promised some creative win/win options that you could take when it came to the division of your home. Since they could be a little complicated and hard to follow, I thought it would be better to present them in a written blog.    Can’t Refinance Right Now Let’s say that you both agree that there will be a buyout and a refinance, but it will take some time for the “buyer” to qualify for a loan [...]

January 23, 2019 - {3:30 minutes to read} It is likely that mediation can result in a negotiated agreement even if you mediate after you have entered litigation or tried negotiating through attorneys. But after having worked with couples who have first engaged in an adversarial process, I encountered distinctive behaviors that arose in the mediation which, while not unsurmountable, needed to be addressed. Of course, I can’t definitively state that it was the initial adversarial proc [...]

August 17, 2018 - {3:42 minutes to read}  One of the major benefits of mediation is that parties make the decisions about their lives and the lives of their children. Self-determination is an awesome responsibility in that regard, and couples should be prepared to accept that responsibility when choosing to mediate. To me, this would mean that parties should make sure that they have all of the resources they may need in order to make the best decisions they can. Choosing the Mediat [...]

June 6, 2018 - {3:00 minutes to read}  Why would you want to continue living together with your ex after you sign a separation agreement? Many couples feel that financially, they have no choice but to live together. It could be because they are waiting for the closing on the sale of the home before they can both move out or that they agreed that they could both save money for a period of time if they lived together. Living together for any period of time can lead to unintended si [...]

February 27, 2018 - {3:48 minutes to read} In New York, we refer to “joint legal custody” as joint decision making in which neither parent has a superior right to make decisions for the children. It sounds reasonable, and most parents agree to joint decision making without much thought. But then I ask “What do you think will happen if you can’t agree upon a major decision?” A large percentage of my clients believe that they will not have any substantial confl [...]

January 31, 2018 - {3:48 minutes to read} While the New York Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) is not perfect, it does provide a sensible framework for addressing the indirect expenses that a parent experiences. These indirect expenses are the most difficult to calculate and the most difficult for the child support payor to understand. “I’m willing to pay 100% of my children's expenses for clothing, activities, medical insurance and expenses — why should I have to pay c [...]

Page:[ 1 ]234
Search
Topics
Mediation (102) | Divorce (94) | Divorce Mediation (19) | Mediator (13) | Separation (11) | Litigation (10) | Child Support (10) | Conflict (9) | Communication (9) | Separation Agreement (9) | Attorney (7) | Co-Parenting (7) | Consultation (7) | Collaborative Divorce (6) | Parenting (6) | Clare A. Piro (6) | Clare A. Piro Mediation (6) | Parenting Plan (5) | Children (5) | Family (4) | CSSA (4) | Expenses (4) | Finances (4) | Equitable Distribution (4) | Marital Assets (4) | Settlement (4) | Child Inclusive Mediation (3) | Child Consultant (3) | Agreement (3) | Divorce Finances (3) | Relationships (3) | Divorce Coach (3) | Separate Property (3) | Financial Professional (3) | Divorce Mediator (3) | Emotions (3) | Mediation Myths (3) | Responsibility (3) | Assets (3) | Clients (3) | Divorce And Children (3) | Child Support Standards Act (3) | Clare Piro (3) | Blended Families (2) | Law Professionals (2) | Anxiety (2) | Marital Property (2) | Pandemic (2) | Budget (2) | Moving Forward (2) | Listening (2) | Compromise (2) | CDFA (2) | Calculating Support (2) | Marital Home (2) | Post-Divorce Income (2) | Family Court (2) | College Expenses (2) | Joint Decisions (2) | Mediate (2) | Divorce Agreement (2) | Collaborative Practice (2) | Equal Parenting Plan (2) | New York Child Support Statute (2) | Unrequited Love (2) | Mediation Benefits (2) | Step-Mother (2) | Step-Children (2) | Informed Decisions (2) | Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) (2) | Settlement Agreements (2) | Conflict During Mediation (2) | Consulting Attorney (2) | Mediation Versus Litigation (2) | Truth (2) | Couples (2) | Budgets (2) | Attitude (2) | Step-Father (2) | Spouse (2) | Apology (2) | Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) (2) | Seperation (2) | Grace (2) | Legislation (2) | Custody (2) | Humanity (2) | Anger (2) | Bitterness (2) | Older Parents (1) | Domestic Violence (1) | Co-parenting (1) | Elder Mediation (1) | Eldercare (1) | Parenting Schedules (1) | An Advocate (1) | Primary Caretaker (1) | Children And Divorce (1) | Custody Determination (1) | On-Duty Parent Responsibilities (1) | Transition Day (1) | Child's Best Interests (1) | NYs Child Support Guidelines (CSSA) (1) | Child Support Payment (1) | 50/50 Parenting Plan (1) | A Neutral (1) | Non-Residential Parent (1) | Unhappy Relationship (1) | 50/50 Parenting (1) | Maintaining Calm (1) | Matrimonial Cases (1) | Custody Disputes (1) | Multiple Assets (1) | FinancialPortfolio (1) | Complicated Finances (1) | Mediation Misconceptions (1) | Social Distancing (1) | Coronavirus (1) | COVID19 (1) | Meditate (1) | Property Distribution (1) | Equitable Distribution Statute (1) | Apologizing (1) | But (1) | Fiancé (1) | Prenuptial Agreement (Prenup) (1) | Court Order (1) | Global Pandemic (1) | Caucus (1) | Holiday Season (1) | Agreement To Mediate (1) | Technical Difficulties (1) | Mediating Virtually (1) | Mediating Onine (1) | Religious Holidays (1) | Cultural Holidays (1) | Parental Holiday Sharing (1) | Separating (1) | Maggie O’Connor (1) | Guilt (1) | Power Of Regret (1) | Couples Counseling (1) | Understood (1) | Heard (1) | Lack Of Communication (1) | Remain Healthy (1) | Older Adults (1) | Retirement (1) | Tough Decisions (1) | Commissions (1) | Kirsten Powers (1) | Court (1) | Judge (1) | Pro-Rata (1) | Support Add-ons (1) | Bonuses (1) | Income Level (1) | Beliefs (1) | Actuarial Company (1) | Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) (1) | Pension (1) | Alternative Dispute Resolution (1) | ADR (1) | Presumptive ADR Program (1) | New York Family Court (1) | Saving Grace By Kirsten Powers (1) | Ideas (1) | Parenting Styles (1) | Final Decisions (1) | Cohabitation Agreement (1) | Cohabitating (1) | Unmarried (1) | Emotional Trauma (1) | File A Petition (1) | Parent Coordinator (PC) (1) | Parent Coordinator (1) | Disagreements (1) | Contentment (1) | Happiness (1) | AcceptableOutcome (1) | Mediation Process (1) | Matrimonial Practice (1) | Kindness (1) | Righteous Anger (1) | Family Court Presumptive ADR Program (1) | Coparenting (1) | Anxious Thoughts (1) | Family Mediations (1) | Waiving Spousal Support (1) | Postnuptial Agreements (1) | New York’s Child Support And Maintenance (1) | Facial Expression (1) | Tone Of Voice (1) | Communicating (1) | Mediating Emails (1) | Depression (1) | Child Focused Mediation (1) | New Year’s Resolutions (1) | Intention (1) | Feelings (1) | Joseph Goldstein (1) | Expectations (1) | Pathological Liar (1) | Languish (1) | Thrive (1) | Perspective (1) | CoParenting (1) | Opposites (1) | Personality (1) | Separate Property Credit (1) | Advocacy (1) | Empowerment (1) | DecisionMaking (1) | Family Occasions (1) | Lack Of Focus (1) | Honest Conversation (1) | Legal Rights (1) | Retirement Plans (1) | Pensions (1) | Attitudes Toward Prenups (1) | Pension Plans (1) | COVID 19 (1) | Collaborative Process (1) | Ex-Spouse (1) | Asset Distribution (1) | Kids (1) | Extremes (1) | Fall (1) | Conflicy (1) | Acknowledgement (1) | Power (1) | School Year (1) | Summer (1) | Seperation Agreement (1) | Marriage (1) | Resolution (1) | Scarcity (1) | Abundance (1) | Divorce Law (1) | Grandparents (1) | Baby Boomers (1) | Payments (1) | Unemployment (1) | Living Together (1) | Commingling (1) | Negative Communication (1) | Divorce Papers (1) | Retirement Account (1) | Maritial Assets (1) | Maritial Property (1) | Transmutation (1) | Married Couples (1) | Moving On (1) | Hurricane Harvey (1) | Compassion (1) | Nesting (1) | College (1) | Contribution (1) | Parents (1) | Disclosure (1) | Living Apart (1) | Effects On Family (1) | Joint Legal Custody (1) | Holidays Post-Divorce (1) | Mental Health (1) | Equity (1) | House (1) | Finding Love After Divorce (1) | Post-Divorce Dating (1) | Alone At The Holidays (1) | Holiday Blues (1) | Relocation (1) | Scared Of Divorce (1) | Fear Of Divorce (1) | Halloween (1) | Moving On After Divorce (1) | Joint Physical Custody (1) | Parenting Post-Divorce (1) | Parenting Plans (1) | Specialist (1) | Change (1) | Older Dogs (1) | 2015 (1) | Adopt Shelter Dogs (1) | Dogs (1) | Agreements (1) | New York (1) | Self-talk (1) | Advice (1) | Blame (1) | Year In Review (1) | Difficult Clients (1) | Mindfulness (1) | Equality (1) | Balance (1) | Control (1) | New York State (1) | Self Determination (1) | Self-determination (1) | Joint Decision Making (1) | Installment Agreements (1) | Marital Concerns (1) | Equity Loan (1) | Reluctant Spouse (1) | Telling Your Spouse (1) | Seller (1) | Buyer (1) | Cash Flow (1) | Interest Payments (1) | Refinance (1) | Marriage Counseling (1) | Divorce Assets (1) | Emotional Attachment (1) | Dividing House Asset (1) | Accepting Responsibility (1) | Taking Responsibility (1) | Remarriage After Divorce (1) | Family Enrichment (1) | Frame Of Mind (1) | Patience (1) | Significant Other (1) | Court Process (1) | Prenuptial Agreement (1) | Prenup (1) | Court Vs Mediation (1) | Needs Vs Wants (1) | Negotiation (1) | Entitlement (1) | Financial Documents (1) | Time To Process (1) | Financial Information (1) | Family Law Software (1) | Mental Health Professional (1) | Lawyer (1) | Fear Of Separation (1) | PostNup (1) | Post Nuptial (1) | Attitudes (1) | AttorneyPresence (1) | Temporary Agreement (1) | Life Insurance (1) | Custodial Parent (1) | Intervention (1) | Dreaming (1) | Therapy (1) | Beneficiary (1) | Spousal Support (1) | Settlement Term (1) | Husband (1) | Settle Agreement (1) | Joint Account (1) | Financial Costs (1) | Lack Of Trust (1) | Accusations Of Delay (1) | Tentative Agreements (1) | Permanent Agreement (1) | Financial Situation (1) | Wife (1) | FamilyMediation (1) | Spouses (1) | MediationSession (1) | LawyerDivorceMediation (1) | Matrimonial Dispute (1) | Perfection (1) | Holiday Preparations (1) | Work Stress (1) | Separation Agreements (1) | Dishonest (1) | Bankruptcy (1) | Little White Lies (1) | Lies (1) | Public Trust (1) | Personal Relationships (1) | Settlement Agreement (1) | Married (1) | Affair (1) | Estate Documents (1) |
Connect
Attorney Advertising

The contents of this editorial should not be considered legal advice. The information provided in this editorial is intended to be general information and is not intended to be a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. Each case and situation is different and must be handled based upon the specific facts and circumstances unique to that case. For specific answers to questions on an individual case, it is best to consult with an attorney. Attorney Advertising

Close Announcement

Online Mediation Available

In response to COVID-19 I am providing family and divorce mediation services online. Click to learn more.