Dividing Retirement Assets

Dividing retirement assets is an important issue for couples entering the process of separation and divorce. Retirement assets are often the most valuable marital assets a couple has along with their marital residence. Whether the couple is in mediation, using Collaborative Law, or negotiating in a traditional litigation model the first step is to gather all the information that is available about each asset before negotiating.  It is …

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Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Law ?

As a Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney I am often asked what is the difference between mediation and collaborative law? And then I am asked “which process is going to be better for me?” The answer is not one-size- fits all. There are many factors to take into consideration. Each participant in the process has different needs, and couples have different needs and communication styles. I find the following chart useful to describe the both processes and how they …

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Update on Child Support and Temporary Maintenance in NYS

For parents, attorneys, mediators and anyone else that has an interest in Child Support and Temporary Maintenance calculations there have been changes effective January 31, 2014.  These changes are required by the statute to occur every year on January 31st.
The new income levels that may affect the amount of a child support obligation are as follows:

Combined Parental Income Amount: $141,000
Self-Support Reserve: $15,755
Poverty Income Guidelines Amount (single person): $11,670

You can find the New York …

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Balanced is the New Busy

“Balanced is the New Busy: Practicing Self-Care in a Frantic World”  — Keynote Kristen Skarie.
The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation is presenting a fantastic conference Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Inn on the Lake, in Canandaigua, New York where the Keynote Speaker- Kristen Skarie will speak on the topic “Balanced is the New Busy: Practicing Self-Care in a Frantic World”. This promises to be a great opportunity for to refresh our minds and add new skills to …

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