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Divorce with Dignity

Denise was a corporate executive who knew exactly what she wanted. She tried everything to work out things with her husband, Fred. They went to counseling, tried working things out at home. But to Denise, Fred only became more angry and belligerent, causing her to emotionally withdraw from their marriage. A year or two before she finally made up her

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Clear Plan, Fresh Start

Jen called us because she and her husband wanted an uncontested divorce. They didn’t want it to be expensive or nasty. They had simply reached a point where they were both resolved their marriage was over. So they tried a DIY divorce. Soon they became overwhelmed. They had a house and were not sure how to address it in he

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Broken Lawyers, Broken System (Pt. 2): Drunk Lawyer

I represented the wife, Kim, in a divorce involving 2 young children. Her husband, Calvin, was without a lawyer. His first lawyer was through a prepaid legal service. Once Calvin decided he wanted to fight for custody of the kids, the legal plan lawyer withdrew–that level of service was not included in Calvin’s legal plan.  Take two: Is there a

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Take your life back

Just when I thought I had already worked with the saddest and most hopeless client in my career, I met Sarah. Sarah was a sixty-something year-old homemaker. She had lived all her adult life with a disability and was married to her husband, Keith, for more than 30 years. During our first conversation, I heard in Sarah that she was

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From grief to hope

One of my most memorable mediated divorces was with Dinah. She lived in a small migrant community. She had been married to her husband, Cameron, more than 10 years. Cameron and Dinah shared three very young children. Dinah spoke virtually no English. Although Cameron and Dinah were from the same ethnic community, Cameron was proficient in English. Initial trauma of

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