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Divorce Articles by Westfield Mediation, LLC

Alimony or No Alimony - That Can Be The Question
Alimony or no alimony -- that can be the question. Is it better to take a larger chunk of the assets up front, or to take a smaller share ...

Child Support
Figuring out how the parents are going to support their kids after divorce is an important part of the divorce mediation process ...

50/50 Parenting Plans
A lot of people come to divorce mediation thinking that they want a 50/50 parenting plan ...

Back to School
For divorced or divorcing parents, the shift from summer schedules to school can sometimes be particularly stressful. ...

Getting Co-Parenting Help Online
We explain to our clients that parenting is a lifelong commitment. So, it is best for you and your kids to have tools to make it work effectively. ...

Nesting
Divorcing parents often ask about "nesting" or the child custody/parenting plan where the kids stay in the family home ...

Parenting Plan Tune-Ups
Is your parenting plan still working or does your parenting plan need a tune-up? ...

Parenting Plans
How do you create a parenting plan with someone you no longer want to be around? ...

Sharing Parenting
What is the best way to share parenting when you are getting divorced? ...

Telling the Children About the Divorce
When is the best time to tell your children that you are getting divorced? We often hear this question ...

Yay for Summer!
For divorcing families, summer sometimes comes with extra challenges ...

A Good Time for Divorce Mediation
Now is a good time to start divorce mediation. People often ask us ...

Announcing your Divorce on Facebook
Is it a good idea to announce your divorce on Facebook? Despite the fact that everyone knows someone who has gotten divorced ...

Best Divorce
What is the cheapest way to get divorced? The most expensive way? The best way? ...

Divorce During the Holidays
Sometimes couples who are divorced or divorcing feel additional stress this time of year. Families may have had long-established holiday rituals ...

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Divorce Mediation sounds like a great alternative to litigation, but is it for everyone? We often talk about the advantages ...

Is the Divorce Rate Really 50%?
How many of your friends and family are divorced? Is it every other marriage? Not for.. ...

Negotiating a Divorce
Divorce mediation is different from a business negotiation. Couples who go into the mediation process with an attitude of compromise are more likely to preserve a civil, working relationship. ...

Post-Divorce Mediation
Sometimes the divorce decree is not the final stop for divorcing spouses ...

Telling the Children About the Divorce
When is the best time to tell your children that you are getting divorced? We often hear this question ...

The Divorce Rate Myth
The commonly-held belief that 50% of marriages end in divorce is a myth. ...

The Intersection of Divorce Law and Mediation
If you filed for divorce, can you still do mediation? If you go through divorce mediation, do you still need a lawyer? We commonly hear these questions from potential clients. And the answers, for the most part, are.. ...

Can You Afford to Get Divorced?
Can you afford to go through the process of separating and can you afford to live on your own? ...

Divorce and Retirement
Divorce mediators always have to consider a couple's retirement assets like pensions, IRAs 401ks, when helping couples ...

Lower Cost Divorce
Divorce mediation is a lower-cost alternative to litigation ...

Mediation and Tax Issues in Divorce
It is tax season again which makes us think about all the tax issues that we raise in divorce mediation. ...

Splitting up the Money in Divorce Mediation
During divorce mediation, we can help the couple develop a feasible division of their assets and debts that is fair and equitable. ...

What is a Marital Asset?
Divorce mediation allows you to divide up your marital assets according to your needs post-divorce. But what is a marital asset? ...

December Divorce
No one seems to want to think about divorce during the holidays ...

Divorce is the Solution
Divorce is the solution to a problem, not the problem itself. The problem is you are in an unhappy marriage and ...

From Panic to Resolution Through Mediation
Deciding to get divorced can feel overwhelming, and it often takes couples a long time to accept that their marriage is not working. ...

Mediation or Separation. Which Comes First
Many couples interested in divorce mediation ask us, "Is it better to separate first, then start mediation? Or should we mediate before we separate?" ...

REACT-The Five Factors for Finding Your Divorce Mediator
Say you have already decided to get divorced, and you know you need to hire a mediator. How do you find the divorce mediator that is best for you? ...

The Free Consultation in Divorce
When looking at the big picture and the overall cost of divorce, the free is really not much of a savings and may end up costing if your consult goes over the alloted free time. ...

When Only One Person is Ready
It is a pretty common scenario to have one spouse who wants to move on from the marriage, while the other wants to stay ...

When to Start Divorce Mediation
When is the best time to start divorce mediation? ...

50/50 Parenting Plans
A lot of people come to divorce mediation thinking that they want a 50/50 parenting plan ...

A Good Time for Divorce Mediation
Now is a good time to start divorce mediation. People often ask us ...

Adult Chidren of Divorcing Parents
What is the impact on children of divorcing parents when the parents are older, and the kids are already adults ...

Alimony or No Alimony - That Can Be The Question
Alimony or no alimony -- that can be the question. Is it better to take a larger chunk of the assets up front, or to take a smaller share ...

Another Benefit of Mediation is Stress Release
As divorce mediators, we are often promoting the benefits of divorce mediation over litigation ...

Back to School
For divorced or divorcing parents, the shift from summer schedules to school can sometimes be particularly stressful. ...

Best Divorce
What is the cheapest way to get divorced? The most expensive way? The best way? ...

Can You Afford to Get Divorced?
Can you afford to go through the process of separating and can you afford to live on your own? ...

Child Support for Grown Children
Most states have a legal limit for emancipation but, in reality, not all kids are magically able to support themselves once they hit that date. ...

December Divorce
No one seems to want to think about divorce during the holidays ...

Dividing the Holidays
Divorced or divorcing families are wondering how they are going to spend and share the holidays this year. Which house? Who gets the kids ...

Divorce and Money Troubles
Divorcing couples often have money troubles. ...

Divorce and Pets
If a couple is getting divorced, how do they decide how to share the pets? ...

Divorce and Retirement
Divorce mediators always have to consider a couple's retirement assets like pensions, IRAs 401ks, when helping couples ...

Divorce and Theraphy
We generally advise our divorce mediation clients to seek professional therapy for themselves and their children. ...

Divorce During the Holidays
Sometimes couples who are divorced or divorcing feel additional stress this time of year. Families may have had long-established holiday rituals ...

Divorce For One, Please
What if only one half of the couple wants to get divorced? ...

Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, Which Way to Go?
What are the differences between divorce mediation and collaborative divorce and which works better? ...

Do We Really Need a Lawyer?
Do I really need a lawyer? I often get asked this question by my clients in divorce mediation ...

Fair and Equitable
The focus in divorce mediation is on coming up with a plan that is fair and equitable. ...

Gift Giving and Divorce
Tis the season for celebrating and for presents ...

Gray Divorce
Divorce among couples over 50 -- is becoming more common. According to research recently reported in The New York Times ...

Housing and Divorce
For many divorcing couples, their house is their biggest asset, and they want to maximize their potential profits, as they make a financial plan for their future. ...

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?
Everyone has heard horror stories about how long it takes for some couples to get divorced through litigation. ...

If We Agree on Everything, Why Do Mediation?
good divorce mediator adds value to the process and makes it easier, less stressful and ...

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Divorce Mediation sounds like a great alternative to litigation, but is it for everyone? We often talk about the advantages ...

Is Mediation Right for Me
Many people wonder whether mediation will work for them. As mediators, we know that going through a divorce is a difficult and emotional process.. ...

Is the Divorce Rate Really 50%?
How many of your friends and family are divorced? Is it every other marriage? Not for.. ...

It Takes a Village
I want my clients to get the best support possible when going through a divorce. This means rallying the village. ...

Lower Cost Divorce
Divorce mediation is a lower-cost alternative to litigation ...

Mediation and Domestic Violence
When there is a history of domestic violence, the couple's relationship changes and there is a shift in the power dynamic. ...

Mediation and Tax Issues in Divorce
It is tax season again which makes us think about all the tax issues that we raise in divorce mediation. ...

Mediation or Separation. Which Comes First
Many couples interested in divorce mediation ask us, "Is it better to separate first, then start mediation? Or should we mediate before we separate?" ...

Memorandum of Understanding is Non Binding Agreement
A divorce mediation agreement, also called a Memorandum of Understanding ...

Money, Money, Money
Why do many people get divorced? They argue about money. The husband and wife have different ideas about how ...

Multitasking After Divorce
Sometimes during and after a divorce, people find themselves facing a task that the other spouse always handled. ...

Obamacare and Divorce
Keeping health insurance coverage can often be a primary reason why couples choose NOT to get divorced. One spouse does not ...

Parenting
Sometimes when we are creating a parenting plan in divorce mediation, a divorcing couple ...

Parenting Plan Tune-Ups
Is your parenting plan still working or does your parenting plan need a tune-up? ...

Parenting Plans
How do you create a parenting plan with someone you no longer want to be around? ...

Post-Divorce Family Vacation
Some said that the divorced couple is lucky that they have developed such a good post-divorce relationship, others argued that the joint vacation creates unhealthy confusion for their children ...

REACT-The Five Factors for Finding Your Divorce Mediator
Say you have already decided to get divorced, and you know you need to hire a mediator. How do you find the divorce mediator that is best for you? ...

Same-Sex Divorce and Mediation
Divorce mediation is a valuable alternative to litigation for both opposite-sex and same-sex divorcing couples.. ...

Separation Without Divorce
For various reasons - health, health insurance, children, religion - many couples want to live separately from each other without getting divorced. ...

Sharing Parenting
What is the best way to share parenting when you are getting divorced? ...

Specializing in Divorce Mediation
If you want to get divorced using divorce mediation then use a full-time mediator, not someone who dabbles in mediation. ...

Splitting up the Money in Divorce Mediation
During divorce mediation, we can help the couple develop a feasible division of their assets and debts that is fair and equitable. ...

Taking the Stigma Out of Divorce
With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, the decision to separate should not be something that causes couples any embarrassment ...

The Cost of Divorce
As divorce mediators, we often hear the question "Why is it so expensive to get divorced?" ...

The Elements of Divorce Mediation
While divorce mediation is a good solution to the problem of an unhappy marriage, the divorce mediator cannot do it all alone. ...

The Expenses of Divorce
In many cases, the emotional costs of staying in an unhappy marriage outweigh the financial costs of divorce ...

The Intersection of Divorce Law and Mediation
If you filed for divorce, can you still do mediation? If you go through divorce mediation, do you still need a lawyer? We commonly hear these questions from potential clients. And the answers, for the most part, are.. ...

What Does Divorce Mediation Look Like?
What does divorce mediation look like? Many clients do not know what to expect when they begin divorce mediation ...

What is a Marital Asset?
Divorce mediation allows you to divide up your marital assets according to your needs post-divorce. But what is a marital asset? ...

What is the Best Way to Choose a Divorce Mediator?
Divorce Mediation is a simpler, cheaper, less contentious alternative to litigation ...

When to Start Divorce Mediation
When is the best time to start divorce mediation? ...

Why Choose Mediation
Divorce mediation is faster, cheaper, more private, and less stressful than litigation. ...

Working Out the Details
Generally, it is good to have some specifics in the divorce agreement ...

Yay for Summer!
For divorcing families, summer sometimes comes with extra challenges ...

You Must Hear Some Crazy Stories
You must hear some crazy stories." This is the comment I typically get when I tell someone I meet for the first time that I am a Divorce Mediator. ...


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