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January 2012 Archives

Is mediation an option for divorce settlements?

As Rhode Island residents know, the separation process can be extremely difficult. However, have you ever considered mediation as an aid in your divorce settlement? If you have, there are a few things you should know about the mediation process for divorce matters.

Cohabitation: Living Together Without Wedding Vows

Recent news articles have described statistics that fewer couples are getting married and more are choosing to simply live together.  Nonmarital cohabitation, a lifestyle decision, appears to be less durable than marriage, even when the parties share children.  

Auf Wiedersehen: Heidi Klum and Seal call it quits

In recent news, celebrities are opting out of their marriages left and right. Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Zooey Deschanel and Kenny G are just some of the people that have recently headlined the news. As Rhode Island residents know, no one really wants to go through the tribulations of divorce proceedings; nevertheless, another well-known celebrity couple has decided to end their marriage.

Divorce - Repairing/Improving Credit Creates Options

Separating married couples have several larger assets such as homes, retirement accounts and businesses to be divided.  These assets may be divided in a Rhode Island Divorce based upon the factors listed in the equitable distribution statute. However, parties debt more difficult to resolve.  Because of the slow real estate market, many Rhode Island couples face tough choices centered on their homes.  Do they try to sell the home in a slow market or does one party "buy-out" the other?  Can either party refinance the current debt?  Can either get a mortgage loan to buy a new home?  My work, as either a Rhode Island Divorce Mediator or Rhode Island Divorce Attorney is made easier when parties have borrowing choices available.

Basketball player faces child custody dispute

As Rhode Island residents know, the emotional and legal issues associated with a child-related legal dispute can be frustrating. As a parent, you want to be involved in your child's life without any complications or obstacles. Also, the result of a child custody case will affect not only your life, but the future of your children. Courts generally look to the best interests of a child when formulating a decision.

New Year's Resolutions

The holidays are over, the wrapping paper thrown away, the credit cards have new balances and the gym is filled with those promising to exercise this year.  Many people feel trapped in an unhappy marriage and were waiting for the holidays to pass before moving forward.  The time has come to begin the separation and divorce process.  There are different paths to divorce.  Make the resolution to move forward using a process focused on benefitting the parties and their children.

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