Why don’t more divorce couples use arbitration in divorce in Ohio? Contrary to what some people believe, including many divorce lawyers, arbitration is available as an option to resolve many issues for Ohio families experiencing divorce. In arbitration, a single arbitrator, or a panel of arbitrators will conduct a hearing, and take evidence from the parties and make a decision regarding the issues in controversy between the parties. The arbitrator makes a decision, which is [...]
Every week or so, I read online with great interest how one of my divorce attorney colleagues has “taken the pledge” to litigate no more, and only accept cases that are going to be resolved through collaborative divorce, or mediation. These pledges are typically posted in listservs, or blog posts, which are devoted to collaborative divorce, and those of us who practice collaborative divorce. Shortly after one of [...]
How can Parent Coordinators help high conflict families? (or how to avoid death by a thousand cuts).
For a number of high conflict families after divorce, repeated trips to court yield nothing more than deeper wounds, more firmly entrenched positions, chaos and retaliation, resulting in a never ending spiral of emotional and financial damage to all concerned. And while some high conflict families eventually learn to coexist (parallel parenting) and some eventually learn to cooperatively coparent their minor children, there are a number of high conflict families who may never learn to [...]
Now that the United States Supreme Court has made marriage equality the law of the land, Ohio divorce practitioners will have a myriad of new legal challenges to confront when it comes to divorces which terminate these marriages. There are some unchartered waters ahead. Three challenges come to mind, and are the subject of this, my first ever blog post. It is my hope that colleagues, mental health professionals who are divorce coaches and financial [...]