Parent Alienation During Divorce: The Importance of Pre-Planned Parenting Schedules

Parent Alienation During Divorce: The Importance of Pre-Planned Parenting Schedules

The recent news about children being separated from their parents at the southern border got me thinking about how this often occurs in divorce situations as well. As a divorce mediator, I’ve seen many cases in which parents begin living separately well in advance of the divorce proceedings. This can be problematic for the children, especially when the parents fail to work out a visitation schedule ahead of time. (more…)

How the New Tax Law Affects Alimony

How the New Tax Law Affects Alimony

At the end of 2017, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform law in decades. The new law includes hundreds of changes to the tax code both for businesses and individuals. One little-known provision in the bill changes how alimony is treated for tax purposes, and it has the potential to significantly impact the finances of divorcing spouses. (more…)

When is the Right Time to See a Divorce Mediator?

When is the Right Time to See a Divorce Mediator?

As a divorce mediator, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is “when is the best time to come and see you?” There is no right answer to this question, because each circumstance is unique. Mediation can benefit couples at any stage of a separation or divorce, and it is never too early or too late to take advantage of this option. (more…)

Using Mediation When You Decide to Separate

Using Mediation When You Decide to Separate

Some couples reach a point in their marriage where they are considering divorce, but they are not sure about taking such a permanent step. In the meantime, they decide to separate for a while. This can present challenges of its own, because many states (including New Jersey) do not have legal separation, which leaves many important issues in doubt. Mediation helps couples in this situation by putting a plan in place to address these issues while they are deciding their next step. (more…)