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Books! Movies!

Here are some suggestions of books and movies that family law collaborators and mediators may find of interest.  Undoubtedly some of you have read/seen these already.
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What Is a Professional?

Of course, we’re all professionals – MHPs, lawyers, financial specialists. But I’ve always wondered what being a “professional” really means. I don’t think just having a license or credential covers it. Merriam Webster defines professional this way:
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A Challenging Client Critique of Collaborative Costs

November 13, 2013

I’ve encountered this scenario, and so have you, too many times: At an initial meeting I’ve tried to describe the various CDR methods – collaborative, mediation without lawyers, mediation with lawyers, integrative mediation, and so on. My potential client seizes on collaboration and says, “but that involves so many professionals, it must be way more […]

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A Weakness of the Collaborative Process

November 13, 2013

I’m finding that the collaborative process has difficulty in dealing with immediate temporary issues, particularly cash flow (in conventional terms, temporary child and spousal support). As we all know, at the outset of a case the collaborative approach requires assembling a team, having the parties contract into the process, setting goals, and beginning to pull […]

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Tracing The History and Evolution of California Child Support Guidelines

November 13, 2013

Tracing the History and Evolution of California Child Support Guidelines All, or at least most, of us collaborators and mediators encourage our divorce clients with children not to feel bound by the Child Support Guideline Formula but instead to construct their own child support program, tailored to their individual family’s needs and resources. Inevitably, though, […]

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New Cases: Marriage of Melissa and Marriage of Facter

November 13, 2013

We have two recent cases talking about the validity of premarital agreements as a whole and the validity of spousal support waivers included in premarital agreements – two different but related sets of analysis. The cases are Marriage of Facter, a January 2013 case from Marin County and the First District Court of Appeal, and Marriage of […]

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New Case: Dwight R. v. Christy B., a January 2013 opinion from the Fourth District Court of Appeal

October 9, 2010

The case is Dwight R. v. Christy B., a January 2013 opinion from the Fourth District Court of Appeal. In this messy and unfortunate situation, Dwight, a divorced father of 5-year-old and 3-year-old daughters, sued Christy, a licensed, practicing Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), along with the girls’ Maternal Grandmother and several San Bernardino social […]

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