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March 2012 Archives

Divorce Tax Breaks based upon Children

Divorce brings choices regarding income tax filing. As a Rhode Island divorce attorney and mediator, practicing from Narragansett to East Greenwich, from Warwick to Providence and Barrington, Steven Hirsch understands that these tax considerations should be considered in a divorce.

Allen Iverson battles the issue of infidelity within his divorce

Many Rhode Island basketball fans consider Allen Iverson to be one of the best point guards to have ever played in the NBA. At the peak of his career in 2001, he married his wife, Tawanna. Unfortunately, the couple's marriage struggled throughout the rest of Iverson's basketball stint in the United States. At one point, rumors surfaced that Iverson may have been unfaithful. Now, as the couple deals with a divorce, Tawanna has filed court documents asking the basketball player to submit a list of every woman he had sexual relations with during their 10-year marriage.

Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell settle their child custody dispute

Many Rhode Island residents understand that conflicts involving family law matters can be very difficult to resolve. Furthermore, they can bring ample stress and financial discomfort. One way to approach these difficult disputes is through the process of mediation. After all, everyone would prefer an expedited and cheaper legal process. If individuals can work together to resolve their issues out of court, this can save a lot of stress and time.

Divorce Mediation with Interest Based Negotiations

I recently wrote about Positional versus Principled negotiations. In Rhode Island divorce mediations, we work to find a solution that reconciles interests, not positions. Although parties present conflicting positions, as an experienced Rhode Island divorce mediator, Steven Hirsch works to explore the underlying interests that the parties share. Although not in the forefront of their minds, most parents with conflicting positions share these interests: (a) children should not witness arguments/fights between the parents; (b) the children should not be quizzed about what they do with the other parent; (c) the children do not have to make the choice between one parent or the other; (d) the children have a sense of security and love from both parents; (e) the divorce process should not be the start of a child's emotional tail-spin. These, plus other interests and goals are used to brainstorm and find an optimal solution for a parenting plan. Remember, parents know their children better than lawyers or Judges. Parents, with a mediator, are in the best position to develop a parenting plan promoting the physical and emotion health of the children and parties.

Involvement in your kid's school helps your child custody case

As many Rhode Island residents know, going through a divorce is not easy. One of the hardest parts of ending a marriage involves child custody issues. How can I retain custody of my child? Fortunately, a new article reports that there are many ways that you can help your child custody case. According to sources, being involved in your child's school is a good place to start.

Mediation: Positional vs. Principled Negotiations

Mediation, a form of alternate dispute resolution, uses a different process than when parties litigate a quarrel or major battle. In divorces, some falsely believe that mediation is only used when parties do not fight and are polite with each other. As an experienced Rhode Island Divorce Mediator since 1994, I have witnessed the wonderful effectiveness when even high conflict parties in mediation express their thoughts, feelings, needs, fears and ideas.

Divorce rates are increasing among older individuals

Are you over 50? Have you been divorced? Many Rhode Island residents will attest to the fact that divorce rates appear to be rising. However, researchers indicate that the divorce rate is specifically increasing among older Americans. As a result, recent studies are examining what is causing this exponential rise in divorce among baby boomers.

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