Divorce Mediation Archives

Pitt, Jolie to negotiate over child custody

Many California parents benefit from mediation when working out custody issues during a divorce or break-up, and the same is true of celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The two stars are currently negotiating a custody agreement for their six children. They are working with an evaluator appointed by the court to review their custody situation. While the actors reached an interim custody agreement in the past, the divorce has been moving forward for over two years, since September 2016.

Resolving parenting disagreements after a divorce

After a divorce, parents in California may share physical custody, or one parent might have physical custody while the other parent has visitation rights. In the former situation, the child would live with each parent for roughly an equal amount of time while in the latter situation, the child would primarily live with one parent but spend time with the other.

Musicians in mediation to resolve custody dispute

After Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale got divorced in 2015, their three children mostly lived with Stefani in Los Angeles. This was because Rossdale was on tour with his band and fulfilled other professional duties in Europe. However, now that Rossdale is back, he wants more time with his children while their mother wants the kids to have a more stable living environment.

Divorced women can secure their financial futures

Even for affluent California couples working their way through the trials and tribulations of a divorce, establishing two separate households can be a daunting financial task. All too often, it is the woman whose financial future looks bleak, but this doesn't have to be the case.

How the new tax law impacts prenuptial agreements

California residents and others who wish to use the current rules regarding alimony payments need to finalize their divorces by the end of 2018. Starting on the first day of 2019, alimony payments are no longer tax deductible. Those who receive them will no longer consider the payments as income. The change in the tax code could present unique challenges to those who have prenuptial or postnuptial agreements.

How parents can get along after divorcing

Parents who get divorced in California or any other state need to work with the child's other parent to raise their son or daughter. While this can be challenging, parents need to work together for the sake of their children. Generally speaking, noncustodial parents should be given an opportunity to have an active role in their son or daughter's life. With some careful planning, it may be possible to create a consistent parenting schedule.


When a couple chooses to get a divorce, the process can be difficult for everyone involved as emotions might be running high and there may be plenty of bad will. If there are children mixed up in the fray, they are liable to get hurt. Consequently, one of the best ways that California parents can protect their children during a divorce, as well as after it, is to opt for a healthy co-parenting dynamic where the children still feel cared for by both parents.

The benefits of divorce mediation versus litigation

Many people believe that the only way to go through a divorce is through complicated and stressful litigation. However, there are other options. When it comes to agreeing on topics like asset division and child custody, a mediator can help both parties come to an amicable agreement without forcing a judge or jury to make their decisions. In the state of California, mediators are required to have a license to practice law.

The benefits of a collaborative divorce

Some couples going through divorce in California might want to consider a collaborative approach. A collaborative divorce involves each spouse having a separate attorney but working together to reach an agreement instead of going to court. If negotiations fail and the couple must go to court, neither attorney is permitted to participate further in the case.

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