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

Topic: Couples | 35 post(s).

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 c [...]

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 [...]

January 3, 2018 - {4:06 minutes to read} “We don’t need to mediate–we agreed to everything already and just want you to write it up.” “We don’t have any assets, so we don’t have anything to talk about.” “We don’t need a separation agreement, we just want to get divorced.” Undoubtedly, as all mediators do, I’ve heard these statements, or variations on them, more often than I can count. It’s understandable, bu [...]

December 5, 2017 - {3:42 minutes to read} I was talking to a colleague recently about a mediation. She was surprised that it took as many meetings as it did to reach a resolution and that the couple almost terminated the process. It was a relatively short-term marriage of a few years, and they had no children, so she had not expected that it would be difficult. I agree that expectations of difficulty are often misleading. At an initial consultation, I can only judge a mediation’s di [...]

November 15, 2017 - {3:42 minutes to read} It’s perfectly normal for most married couples to live their lives without knowledge of the intricacies of separate and marital property in New York matrimonial law. Unfortunately, though, that lack of knowledge can lead to common and innocent “mistakes” and have unintended consequences under the law.Our Typical CouplesA couple maintains only joint accounts and holds all property with the other named on all assets. This has been w [...]

Page:[ 1 ]23
Search
Topics
Mediation (74) | Divorce (72) | Divorce Mediation (19) | Mediator (13) | Conflict (9) | Child Support (8) | Litigation (8) | Separation Agreement (7) | Clare A. Piro (6) | Collaborative Divorce (6) | Consultation (6) | Clare A. Piro Mediation (6) | Separation (5) | Communication (5) | Family (4) | Settlement (4) | Finances (4) | Parenting (4) | Attorney (4) | Children (4) | Expenses (3) | Mediation Myths (3) | Clare Piro (3) | Divorce Mediator (3) | Equitable Distribution (3) | Divorce Finances (3) | Divorce And Children (3) | Clients (3) | Child Support Standards Act (3) | Marital Assets (3) | Co-Parenting (3) | Marital Home (2) | Informed Decisions (2) | Truth (2) | Listening (2) | Custody (2) | Seperation (2) | Legislation (2) | Mediate (2) | Apology (2) | Marital Property (2) | College Expenses (2) | Moving Forward (2) | Agreement (2) | Separate Property (2) | Relationships (2) | Assets (2) | Parenting Plan (2) | Spouse (2) | Compromise (2) | Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) (2) | Mediation Benefits (2) | CSSA (2) | Unrequited Love (2) | Couples (2) | Mediation Versus Litigation (2) | Settlement Agreements (2) | Anger (2) | Bitterness (2) | Conflict During Mediation (2) | Calculating Support (2) | Step-Father (2) | Step-Children (2) | Step-Mother (2) | Post-Divorce Income (2) | Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) (2) | Fear Of Separation (1) | PostNup (1) | Lawyer (1) | Financial Information (1) | Family Law Software (1) | Mental Health Professional (1) | Equity Loan (1) | Interest Payments (1) | Buyer (1) | Refinance (1) | Frame Of Mind (1) | Marriage Counseling (1) | Patience (1) | Reluctant Spouse (1) | Telling Your Spouse (1) | Time To Process (1) | Post Nuptial (1) | Seller (1) | Cash Flow (1) | Dividing House Asset (1) | Holiday Preparations (1) | Work Stress (1) | Perfection (1) | Matrimonial Dispute (1) | LawyerDivorceMediation (1) | Anxiety (1) | Separation Agreements (1) | Lies (1) | Public Trust (1) | Little White Lies (1) | Dishonest (1) | Spouses (1) | MediationSession (1) | FamilyMediation (1) | Accepting Responsibility (1) | Taking Responsibility (1) | Ex-Spouse (1) | Budgets (1) | Emotional Attachment (1) | Remarriage After Divorce (1) | Family Enrichment (1) | AttorneyPresence (1) | Blended Families (1) | Significant Other (1) | Attitudes (1) | Divorce Assets (1) | Court Vs Mediation (1) | Global Pandemic (1) | COVID19 (1) | Maggie O’Connor (1) | Remain Healthy (1) | Lack Of Communication (1) | Court Order (1) | Matrimonial Cases (1) | Complicated Finances (1) | FinancialPortfolio (1) | Multiple Assets (1) | Custody Disputes (1) | Pandemic (1) | Unhappy Relationship (1) | Holiday Season (1) | Divorce Agreement (1) | Parental Holiday Sharing (1) | Cultural Holidays (1) | Religious Holidays (1) | Separating (1) | Guilt (1) | Heard (1) | Understood (1) | Couples Counseling (1) | Power Of Regret (1) | Mediation Misconceptions (1) | Social Distancing (1) | Prenuptial Agreement (1) | Prenup (1) | Marital Concerns (1) | Asset Distribution (1) | Attitudes Toward Prenups (1) | Emotions (1) | Personal Relationships (1) | Court Process (1) | Entitlement (1) | Negotiation (1) | Needs Vs Wants (1) | Collaborative Process (1) | Prenuptial Agreement (Prenup) (1) | Parenting Plans (1) | Property Distribution (1) | Meditate (1) | Coronavirus (1) | Maintaining Calm (1) | Equitable Distribution Statute (1) | Parenting Post-Divorce (1) | Fiancé (1) | Financial Professional (1) | But (1) | Apologizing (1) | Financial Documents (1) | Financial Situation (1) | Resolution (1) | Scarcity (1) | Marriage (1) | Finding Love After Divorce (1) | Summer (1) | Abundance (1) | Divorce Law (1) | Living Together (1) | Living Apart (1) | Baby Boomers (1) | Grandparents (1) | Kids (1) | Post-Divorce Dating (1) | Seperation Agreement (1) | Payments (1) | Unemployment (1) | Consulting Attorney (1) | Responsibility (1) | Extremes (1) | Fall (1) | School Year (1) | Power (1) | Acknowledgement (1) | Conflicy (1) | Effects On Family (1) | Older Dogs (1) | Equity (1) | Mental Health (1) | Control (1) | Balance (1) | Equality (1) | New York State (1) | Specialist (1) | Change (1) | Relocation (1) | Self-determination (1) | Self Determination (1) | House (1) | Mindfulness (1) | Budget (1) | Agreements (1) | Dogs (1) | Adopt Shelter Dogs (1) | New York (1) | Self-talk (1) | Year In Review (1) | 2015 (1) | Blame (1) | Advice (1) | Moving On (1) | Disclosure (1) | Divorce Coach (1) | Settle Agreement (1) | Settlement Term (1) | Joint Physical Custody (1) | Life Insurance (1) | Joint Account (1) | Financial Costs (1) | Permanent Agreement (1) | Tentative Agreements (1) | Accusations Of Delay (1) | Lack Of Trust (1) | Spousal Support (1) | Beneficiary (1) | Wife (1) | Bankruptcy (1) | Affair (1) | Married (1) | Husband (1) | Difficult Clients (1) | Therapy (1) | Dreaming (1) | Intervention (1) | Custodial Parent (1) | Temporary Agreement (1) | Installment Agreements (1) | Compassion (1) | Holiday Blues (1) | Hurricane Harvey (1) | Scared Of Divorce (1) | Fear Of Divorce (1) | Nesting (1) | College (1) | Parents (1) | Alone At The Holidays (1) | Contribution (1) | Holidays Post-Divorce (1) | Married Couples (1) | Halloween (1) | Divorce Papers (1) | Negative Communication (1) | Joint Decision Making (1) | Joint Legal Custody (1) | Retirement Account (1) | Maritial Assets (1) | Moving On After Divorce (1) | Commingling (1) | Transmutation (1) | Maritial Property (1) | Settlement Agreement (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

Online Mediation Available

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