High-Stakes Divorce and Mediation

October 13, 2016
Faculty Member: Hon. Michele F. Lowrance (Ret.), Family Law Mediator and Attorney

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

When a couple is faced with contentious child custody and financial issues during a divorce, hiring a family lawyer and going to court may seem like the only option. However, it is possible to find solutions to these issues without going to court. Michele Lowrance outlines the benefits of mediation in a high-stakes divorce.

This session will discuss:
  • what is typically involved in divorce mediation
  • the benefits of mediation when it comes to working through challenging child custody and financial issues
  • what a mediator does when parties reach an impasse because they can't come to an agreement regarding child custody and assets
  • the different ways people can manage their reactivity when they feel like lashing out at their spouse during divorce mediation
  • what happens when both parties' family lawyers are contributing to the conflict
  • whether financial professionals are involved in high-stakes divorces
  • whether mental-health professionals are ever involved in serious child custody issues
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Latest Research on the Impact of Divorce on Children

October 12, 2016
Faculty Member: Marta J. Papa, Divorce Attorney and Mediator

 

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

 

Divorce affects children in many different ways. Marta J. Papa – a divorce attorney and mediator in Missouri – discusses the latest research on the impact of divorce on children, especially when there is conflict involved. She also explains the steps parents can take to help their children survive the divorce.

This session will discuss:
  • the latest research on the effect a custody battle can have on a child
  • the ways choosing sides between Mom and Dad plays out in the lives of children
  • the Sleeper Effect and its impact on young adults
  • how parents can protect their children from the negative impact of divorce
  • the resources available to divorcing parents who are looking to resolve conflict without involving their children
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Same-Sex Divorce

October 11, 2016
Faculty Member: John K. Grubb, Family Law Attorney, MBA (accounting and finance)

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergfell v. Hodges ended up legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. However, does same-sex divorce work the same way as heterosexual divorce in the U.S.? In this podcast, John K. Grubb discusses some of the issues same-sex couples may face during divorce and answers common questions couples may have. While Grubb focuses on Texas family law, this podcast will benefit any individual who is considering or going through a same-sex divorce.

This session will discuss:
  • whether coming out as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is a ground for divorce in Texas
  • some of the special issues same-sex spouses may face that heterosexual couples in Texas do not
  • whether or not civil unions or domestic partnerships are recognized in all states and can be dissolved
  • how custody is decided when one spouse is the biological parent of a child born during the marriage
  • whether or not a same-sex spouse can adopt the biological or adopted child of his or her spouse
  • the property rights same-sex couples have
  • the federal and state benefits available to same-sex legally married couples in the United States.
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Divorce Your Spouse – Not Your Property

October 10, 2016
Faculty Member: Arin R. Fife, Family Law Attorney

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

When going through a divorce, marital property will have to be divided between you and your spouse. Understanding how property and assets are divided and hiring the right divorce professionals could help you keep what is rightfully yours during your divorce.

This session will discuss:
  • the difference between an “equitable distribution” state and a “community property” state
  • the difference between marital property and separate property
  • who decides what is marital and what is separate property
  • the factors a judge must consider when dividing marital property
  • whether or not contributions to a retirement account is considered marital or separate property
  • what happens if both spouses want to keep 100% of the same marital property
  • whether fault ever plays a role in asset division
  • whether an inheritance received before a marriage is still considered separate property after divorce
  • whether stock options received at work are considered an asset to be divided during divorce
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Child Custody in Florida

October 7, 2016
Faculty Member: Ginger L. Dugan, Florida Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA®, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

In a divorce, parents will either have to negotiate a custody agreement or agree to a court judgment. In this podcast, family lawyer Ginger L. Dugan discusses questions that are frequently asked by parents who are dealing with issues related to child custody in Florida.

This session will discuss:
  • how a court decides where the children will live in a divorce
  • what shared parental responsibility is and whether it's the same thing as joint custody
  • different types of custody arrangements available for divorcing parents
  • what sole parental responsibility means and whether or not it's a possibility is there's a lot of conflict between parents
  • if a parent can move out of Florida if a divorce has not been finalized
  • at what age a child can decide who they want to live with
  • how a stepparent can gain the rights to stay in their stepchild's life
  • whether or not a parent can appeal a judge's decision.
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Why People Behave Badly During Divorce – And How to Make Better Choices

October 6, 2016
Faculty Member: Pegotty Cooper, MBA, CDC®, Certified President of Divorce Coaching, Inc.

Facilitator: Cathy Meyer, Master Certified Coach, Certified Legal Investigator and Marriage Enrichment Coach

Anxiety, stress, and intense emotions will greatly impact how a person behaves during their divorce. But, sometimes, these emotions can make someone unreasonable, or even out of control, during a time when emotions should be put to the side and parties should focus on the issues at hand. Certified Divorce Coach Pegotty Cooper explains the reasons for why one might be displaying such behavior and what can be done to start making better choices today -- and possibly have a healthy divorce.

This session will discuss:
  • types of bad behavior that occur during divorce
  • what motivates someone to be angry or unreasonable
  • what someone can do in moments where they feel out of control
  • if there are ways to change someone who is being irrational
  • where you can go to find practical and emotional support
  • what a parent can do to ensure their children don't get caught up and impacted by bad behaviors on the part of the other parent
  • how someone can take the high road in a divorce
  • whether or not it's possible to have a healthy divorce.
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Understanding the Divorce Process and Your Options

May 17, 2016
Faculty Member: Diana Shepherd, CDFA™, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and co-founder of Divorce Magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine

Every divorce is different, with legal, financial, and/or parenting issues unique to the individuals whose relationship has broken down. However, every divorce undergoes a similar journey from initiation to closure; whether you make this journey towards separate lives expensively or inexpensively, slowly or quickly, with conflict or kindness is up to you. Here’s an overview of how the divorce process generally works in the United States and Canada; you’ll need to speak to a family lawyer to discover how the process might vary in your state or province, as well as how the details and circumstances of your situation may affect your own process.

This session will:
  • explain the differences between using litigation, arbitration, mediation, collaborative divorce, and do-it-yourself (sometimes known as “pro se” or self-representation) to resolve your divorce-related issues
  • discuss how the process begins: by filing a petition, application, or complaint about divorce with your local family court
  • detail what information should you collect for your lawyer and financial advisor
  • define temporary orders or agreements, which establish quick decisions about your children, property, bank accounts, support, and other key issues during the separation period
  • describe the difference between contested and uncontested divorces
  • examine the main issues couples will have to resolve during their divorce
  • reveal how soon a divorce can take place after filing the divorce petition.
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Property Division and Bankruptcy Issues in Florida

May 13, 2016
Faculty Member: Ginger L. Dugan, Florida Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

When assets and debts must be divided in a divorce, there are many issues that may come up during the division process. When bankruptcy becomes an issue, it can have an impact on who will get what after the divorce is finalized. Ginger L. Dugan discusses everything divorcing Floridians need to know about property division and bankruptcy.

This session will discuss:
  • what an equitable distribution state means
  • the difference between marital property and separate property
  • how joint debts are divided in a Florida divorce
  • what a person can do to prevent their spouse from trying to sell marital property before the divorce is final
  • whether or not premarital or prenuptial agreements override normal property division rules
  • what happens when a spouse moves out of the marital home and whether or not they are still obligated to pay rent, mortgage, and other bills associated with the home
  • how to stay protected against mortgage debt post-divorce
  • whether or not a spouse is entitled to a portion of their spouse’s business after a divorce
  • the effects of bankruptcy on alimony, child support, and division of marital assets and debts. 
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FAQs About the Divorce Process in Florida

May 10, 2016
Faculty Member: Ginger L. Dugan, Florida Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

Family lawyer Ginger L. Dugan answers some of the most frequently-asked questions regarding the divorce process in Florida. From how to initiate a divorce to how to choose the right attorney, to how long it takes to finalize a divorce, to the best alternatives to going to court for a divorce – this session will help you prepare for your divorce in Florida.

This session will explain:
  • the grounds for divorce in Florida
  • advantages to filing using the mental incapacity ground
  • whether or not a spouse can stop a divorce from happening
  • how divorce is initiated in Florida
  • the length of time it takes to finalize a dissolution in Florida
  • the key factors to choosing the right divorce attorney
  • alternatives to going to court to get a divorce
  • the pros and cons of the different divorce processes
  • whether or not a spouse can prevent the other from seeing the kids during and after divorce
  • the most common custody situations in Florida
  • if a parent can move with the children out of Florida during or after divorce
  • if it's possible to get child support while a divorce is pending
  • how alimony works in Florida and if lifetime alimony exists
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