Why Your Kids Will Thank You for Mediating Your Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Why Your Kids will Thank you for Mediating By Alan Brady, guest blogger   Finding a way to share custody of childrenafter a divorce can be an incredibly difficult task.…

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The Truth is Irrelevant (all the time, not just in ADR Services)

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT All the time. Not just for mediators, and not just for ADR Services.  When we think of disputes, most people think that ascertaining the truth is the…

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Mediate! Don’t Litigate.

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

There are huge advantages when you mediate your divorce, family law, custody, child support, alimony, spousal support or modification.  If you’ve spent any time at all on our web site,…

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Uncontested Divorce California Style, Part 2

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

The path to uncontested divorce in California, or anywhere else, is not always an easy one. Let’s face it, the thought of divorce can be pretty upsetting, scary, sad and…

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Mediate for Success

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

I’ve been a divorce lawyer for 22 years (youthful appearance notwithstanding!) and I’ve learned a lot about what works and what does not work when you’re getting divorced. I also…

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Court Field Trip: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

We see a lot of grandstanding in mediation. I think a lot of clients think they’re going to get To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch style attention in court. The…

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The Tale of 2 Blogs: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

For those of you who’ve found this blog, but not the Making Divorce Work blog, I actually maintain 2 blogs. This one, the Peace Talks blog, is pretty straightforward. Mostly…

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Divorce and the Economy

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

At what price sanity? I’m no stranger to divorce during bad financial times.  I was admitted to the bar in 1988, during a huge financial downturn. Pretty quickly after that,…

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Divorce and Graphotherapy

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Divorce and Graphotherapy Guest blog post by Sheila Lowe, MS www.sheilalowe.com Divorce sucks. No point denying it. Whether you’ve grown to hate the person you once loved or the parting…

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Low Cost Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

In response to the recession, Peace Talks now offers a couple of new services for low cost divorce and uncontested divorce California. I hope you’ll keep us in mind if…

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Divorce Threats: I’ll See You in Court!

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

There’s often a lot of grandstanding in divorce court proceedings. A lot of people say, “I’ll see you in court!” not knowing exactly what that means.  In the moment, they don’t…

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What Causes Divorce?

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Causes of Divorce  “Seriously?  You want to end this?  You want a divorce?  I mean, I know we’ve had problems.  I’ve tried to change.  I’ll be better.  Is this really…

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In Divorce, The Truth Is Not Relevant

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

The TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT IN DIVORCE. I know that sounds like crazy talk. But think about it this way: When we think of disputes, most of us think that the…

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Mediate Family Law, Don’t Litigate!

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Here at Peace Talks, we love Mediation.  If you’ve spent any time looking through our site and blog posts, you know that already.  It’s an easy sell, because, to us,…

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Divorce Mediation: Mediator Styles

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

I have a 25 hour beginning family law mediation course on DVD which I sell on my web site and Amazon.com. As a result, I get questions about how to…

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Mediation Training: Family Law

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Mediation Training:  Family Law Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator.  For the full story, here’s a link to the “how…

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Divorce Mediation: Mediator Styles

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

I have a 25 hour beginning family law mediation course on DVD which I sell on my web site and Amazon.com. As a result, I get questions about how to…

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Negotiate Your Divorce Settlement

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

This is an excerpt from Making Divorce Work.  I’m really proud of this chapter….it was difficult to explain in a few pages how to successfully negotiate a divorce settlement.  But…

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Streamlined Collaborative Practice Protocols Training June 6-8, 2013

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Streamlined Collaborative Practice Protocols Training June 6-8, 2013 Skirball Center Los Angeles, CA   I’ve had a few people ask if it’s “worth it” to come to the Streamlined Collaborative…

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Mediation Training Reviews: Center for Civic Mediation & Peace Talks Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Mediation Training Reviews: Center for Civic Mediation (live) and Peace Talks Mediation Services DVDs

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Mediation Training: Family Law

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Mediation Training:  Family Law Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator.  For the full story, here’s a link to the “how…

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Uncontested Divorce California

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Uncontested Divorce in California is becoming more and more common.  As more people embrace the idea of mediation, collaborative divorce, and even settling things themselves without going to court, more…

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The Truth is Irrelevant (all the time, not just in ADR Services)

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT All the time. Not just for mediators, and not just for ADR Services.  When we think of disputes, most people think that ascertaining the truth is the…

Read More →

Mediate! Don’t Litigate.

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

There are huge advantages when you mediate your divorce, family law, custody, child support, alimony, spousal support or modification.  If you’ve spent any time at all on our web site,…

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8 Peace Practices for Uncontested Divorce California

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

There are 8 peace practices which are free and easy to practice every day. They’ll help you stay sane no matter what, and we all know that sanity is at…

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Prenuptial Agreement Sample?

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

As a family law mediator who mediates premarital agreements and prenuptial agreements, I’m often asked: What does a prenup look like? Do you have a sample? I’d love to be…

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Uncontested Divorce California Style, Part 2

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

The path to uncontested divorce in California, or anywhere else, is not always an easy one. Let’s face it, the thought of divorce can be pretty upsetting, scary, sad and…

Read More →

Mediate for Success

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

I’ve been a divorce lawyer for 22 years (youthful appearance notwithstanding!) and I’ve learned a lot about what works and what does not work when you’re getting divorced. I also…

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Divorce Strategy?

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

An accountant is helping one of our clients with some of the required financial documents for the divorce.  “I don’t want to ruin your strategy,” he says, “but I really…

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Court Field Trip: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

We see a lot of grandstanding in mediation. I think a lot of clients think they’re going to get To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch style attention in court.  The…

Read More →

The Tale of 2 Blogs: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

For those of you who’ve found this blog, but not the Making Divorce Work blog, I actually maintain 2 blogs. This one, the Peace Talks blog, is pretty straightforward. Mostly…

Read More →

Divorce and the Economy

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

At what price sanity? I’m no stranger to divorce during bad financial times.  I was admitted to the bar in 1988, during a huge financial downturn. Pretty quickly after that,…

Read More →

Divorce and Graphotherapy

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Divorce and Graphotherapy Guest blog post by Sheila Lowe, MS www.sheilalowe.com Divorce sucks. No point denying it. Whether you’ve grown to hate the person you once loved or the parting…

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Divorce in California

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

California has its own personality with divorce.  One of only 9 states that follows Community Property law, California seems intent on doing things its own way. But a divorce in…

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Shared Custody Schedules

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Shared Custody Schedules.  When you’ve been married you’ve been parenting together, the idea of seeing your kids on a schedule probably seems pretty foreign. It’s a divorce and separation reality,…

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Low Cost Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

In response to the recession, Peace Talks now offers a couple of new services for low cost divorce and uncontested divorce California. I hope you’ll keep us in mind if…

Read More →

Causes of Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

What Causes Divorce?         You hear a lot about the reasons marriages end. Usually, fingers point to affairs or money. But marriages don’t end because of events. In 23…

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Mediation Training: Family Law

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Mediation Training:  Family Law Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator.  For the full story, here’s a link to the “how…

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Divorce Threats: I’ll See You in Court!

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

There’s often a lot of grandstanding in divorce court proceedings. A lot of people say, “I’ll see you in court!” not knowing exactly what that means.  In the moment, they don’t…

Read More →

Cost of Divorce: Cost of Staying Together

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Putting a price on sanity? There have been so many articles on people who aren’t getting divorced because they “can’t afford it” that it’s making me a little alarmed. The…

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California Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Divorce in California Divorce law varies state-to-state, and California has the distinction of being one of 9 states that have enacted a Community Property law. As a divorce lawyer in…

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Setting Clear Boundaries in Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Setting Clear Boundaries Often, your marital or domestic situation does not meet the level of serious violence where you have to flee, but you are subject to consistent intimidation or…

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Mediation is the New and Improved Litigation

By peacetalkadmin | July 27, 2013

Well, there’s really no improvements on divorce and custody litigation. But mediation is definitely a better way to go.  Less costly, faster, confidential, on your schedule, tailored to your needs….the…

Read More →

Creating a Good Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I know it’s an oxymoron:  nobody wants a divorce, so how could one be good? But when you’re faced with divorce, you have lots of opportunties to make it less…

Read More →

In Divorce, The Truth Is Not Relevant

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

The TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT IN DIVORCE. I know that sounds like crazy talk. But think about it this way: When we think of disputes, most of us think that the…

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Divorce: Kids and Custody

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Kids and Custody Do you remember being a kid?  At my age it’s a little blurry, but I can tell you that adults often misunderstand how kids behave and think. …

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Cause of Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

What Causes Divorce? When thinking about how marriages end, people often look towards distinct events like affairs or money-related problems.  What we’ve found in our 20+ years of experience is…

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Divorce Sanity: The 8 Peace Practices

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

There are eight peace practices which are free and easy to stick to every day. They’ll help you stay sane no matter what, and we all know that sanity is…

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Creating a Good Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I know. It’s an oxymoron–nobody wants a divorce to begin with, so how could a divorce be good?  There are a lot of ways to make the best of the…

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Insider Divorce Advice

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Divorce Advice I Give My Friends I’ve been a divorce attorney for 24 years (youthful appearance notwithstanding).  As yo might guess, every single one of my friends (including Facebook friends)…

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TopTips for Choosing your Divorce Mediation Attorney

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Choosing the right mediator is important. You’re going to be talking with your mediator about everything you care anything about in the entire world:  Your future, your kids, your home, your job…..and…

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Uncontested Divorce: California Guide

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

You Want an Uncontested Divorce….but how do you get there? The concept of divorce mediation is relatively new, but recently it has been getting a lot more attention.  Especially in…

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Parental Alientation and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I get asked a lot about Child Custody.  It’s not surprising, since a parent’s love for their children is bigger than any financial settlement.  Oftentimes, a parent feels that getting…

Read More →

Mediate Family Law, Don’t Litigate!

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Here at Peace Talks, we love Mediation.  If you’ve spent any time looking through our site and blog posts, you know that already.  It’s an easy sell, because, to us,…

Read More →

Divorce Lies, Mediation Truths

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Truth is a beloved institution.  It’s the cornerstone of our legal system. “The Truth of the Matter.”  “The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth.”  “I Want the Truth,” says…

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Divorce That Works

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

  If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in such a good place right now.  However it happens, realizing that your marriage doesn’t make you happy and that something has…

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8 Keys to Resolving Divorce Conflict

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

You never thought it would happen to you, yet here you are faced with divorce. Maybe you asked for the divorce. Maybe you’re the one who is being left. Even…

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Resolving Divorce Conflict – Listening Is Not Obeying

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict  Key 2: Understand that Acknowledging and Listening are NOT the same as Obeying   You may be tempted to issue decrees as you…

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Resolving Divorce Conflict – Key 3: Use I-Statements

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict Key 3: Use I-Statements When you’ve spent the better part of your working life mediating and finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts, you begin…

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Resolving Divorce Conflict – Giving the Benefit of the Doubt & Having Awkward Conversations

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict Key 4: Give the Benefit of the Doubt. It’s hard to say which of these keys to resolving conflict we like the most.…

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The Best Way to Start Your Divorce – A Divorce Mission Statement

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Divorce Mission Statement Have you thought about how you want your divorce to go?  What’s your ideal resolution?  Do you see a clear winner or loser?  Divorce is one…

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Join Us for Divorce Options Every 1st Tuesday!

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Peace of Mind Collaborative and the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association are pleased to present a community-based series of Divorce Options

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Why This Collaborative Training is Different

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Streamlined Collaborative Practice Protocols Training June 6-8, 2013 Skirball Center Los Angeles, CA The Marina Collaborative Divorce Practice Group along with Co-Sponsor, the Southern California Mediation Association, are excited to…

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Mediate! Don’t Litigate.

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

There are huge advantages when you mediate your divorce, family law, custody, child support, alimony, spousal support or modification.  If you’ve spent any time at all on our web site,…

Read More →

Mediate for Success

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I’ve been a divorce lawyer for 22 years (youthful appearance notwithstanding!) and I’ve learned a lot about what works and what does not work when you’re getting divorced. I also…

Read More →

Court Field Trip: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

We see a lot of grandstanding in mediation. I think a lot of clients think they’re going to get To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch style attention in court.  The…

Read More →

The Tale of 2 Blogs: Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

For those of you who’ve found this blog, but not the Making Divorce Work blog, I actually maintain 2 blogs. This one, the Peace Talks blog, is pretty straightforward. Mostly…

Read More →

Divorce and Graphotherapy

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Divorce and Graphotherapy Guest blog post by Sheila Lowe, MS www.sheilalowe.com Divorce sucks. No point denying it. Whether you’ve grown to hate the person you once loved or the parting…

Read More →

Mediation Training: Family Law

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Mediation Training:  Family Law Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator.  For the full story, here’s a link to the “how…

Read More →

Mediation vs. Litigation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

More and more people are choosing mediation rather than litigation.  Why it has taken so long to catch on, when the benefits of mediation are obvious, is beyond me, but…

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Divorce Threats: I’ll See You in Court!

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

There’s often a lot of grandstanding in divorce court proceedings. A lot of people say, “I’ll see you in court!” not knowing exactly what that means.  In the moment, they don’t…

Read More →

Cost of Divorce: Cost of Staying Together

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Putting a price on sanity? There have been so many articles on people who aren’t getting divorced because they “can’t afford it” that it’s making me a little alarmed. The…

Read More →

California Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Divorce in California Divorce law varies state-to-state, and California has the distinction of being one of 9 states that have enacted a Community Property law. As a divorce lawyer in…

Read More →

Setting Clear Boundaries in Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Setting Clear Boundaries Often, your marital or domestic situation does not meet the level of serious violence where you have to flee, but you are subject to consistent intimidation or…

Read More →

Mediation is the New and Improved Litigation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Well, there’s really no improvements on divorce and custody litigation. But mediation is definitely a better way to go.  Less costly, faster, confidential, on your schedule, tailored to your needs….the…

Read More →

Creating a Good Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I know it’s an oxymoron:  nobody wants a divorce, so how could one be good? But when you’re faced with divorce, you have lots of opportunties to make it less…

Read More →

In Divorce, The Truth Is Not Relevant

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

The TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT IN DIVORCE. I know that sounds like crazy talk. But think about it this way: When we think of disputes, most of us think that the…

Read More →

Insider Divorce Advice

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Divorce Advice I Give My Friends I’ve been a divorce attorney for 24 years (youthful appearance notwithstanding).  As yo might guess, every single one of my friends (including Facebook friends)…

Read More →

TopTips for Choosing your Divorce Mediation Attorney

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Choosing the right mediator is important. You’re going to be talking with your mediator about everything you care anything about in the entire world:  Your future, your kids, your home, your job…..and…

Read More →

Parental Alientation and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I get asked a lot about Child Custody.  It’s not surprising, since a parent’s love for their children is bigger than any financial settlement.  Oftentimes, a parent feels that getting…

Read More →

Mediate Family Law, Don’t Litigate!

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Here at Peace Talks, we love Mediation.  If you’ve spent any time looking through our site and blog posts, you know that already.  It’s an easy sell, because, to us,…

Read More →

Divorce Lies, Mediation Truths

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Truth is a beloved institution.  It’s the cornerstone of our legal system. “The Truth of the Matter.”  “The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth.”  “I Want the Truth,” says…

Read More →

Resolving Divorce Conflict – Listening Is Not Obeying

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict  Key 2: Understand that Acknowledging and Listening are NOT the same as Obeying   You may be tempted to issue decrees as you…

Read More →

Mediation Training: Family Law

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Mediation Training:  Family Law Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator.  For the full story, here’s a link to the “how…

Read More →

The Truth is Irrelevant (all the time, not just in ADR Services)

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

TRUTH IS IRRELEVANT All the time. Not just for mediators, and not just for ADR Services.  When we think of disputes, most people think that ascertaining the truth is the…

Read More →

Los Angeles Superior Court Update: Budget Cuts

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

I went to a meeting today with the Honorable Thomas Trent Lewis at the Los Angeles Superior Court. He wanted to update the family law bar, forensic accountants, and custody…

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Divorce Strategy and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

  “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” That’s a quote attributed to Alexander Graham Bell and couldn’t be more true today.  As a divorce attorney, you’re preparation…

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Divorce and Graphotherapy

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Divorce and Graphotherapy Guest blog post by Sheila Lowe, MS www.sheilalowe.com Divorce sucks. No point denying it. Whether you’ve grown to hate the person you once loved or the parting…

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Personal Property and Divorce: Consignment Offers Solutions

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Personal Property and Divorce:  Family Focused Consignment Offers Solutions Guest Blog By Mark A. Roger Proprietor; Backroom @ WestClay Divorce brings with it upheaval and turmoil; navigating the dissolution of…

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Causes of Divorce Don’t Matter

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Affairs don’t cause divorce. Financial arguments don’t cause divorce. Marriages break down through erosion. When you think about divorce, most people think that a divorce is one person’s fault, and…

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Divorce Lies, Mediation Truths

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Truth is a beloved institution.  It’s the cornerstone of our legal system. “The Truth of the Matter.”  “The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth.”  “I Want the Truth,” says…

Read More →

Family Law Mediation Success

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Eleven years ago, I traded in my fancy shmancy car for a used Honda Accord.  It wasn’t just a symbolic act; I knew I was going to need the money…

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Divorce Mediation and Domestic Violence

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

As a divorce lawyer and mediator here in Los Angeles, California, I get the opportunity to see a lot of clients with varied backgrounds and personalities.  There are common threads…

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Child Custody Mediation and Contested Custody

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

Choosing whether to proceed in court with a custody dispute is serious business.  It affects your spouse, who you may be trying to deny custody altogether, but most especially, it…

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Divorce Strategy and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

  “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” That’s a quote attributed to Alexander Graham Bell and couldn’t be more true today.  As a divorce attorney, you’re preparation…

Read More →

Negotiate Your Divorce Settlement

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

This is an excerpt from Making Divorce Work.  I’m really proud of this chapter….it was difficult to explain in a few pages how to successfully negotiate a divorce settlement.  But…

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Co-Parenting Calendars

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

*FREE* Online Parenting Calendars Review by Janae Monroe Peace Talks Mediation Services peace-talks.com Juggling soccer practice, violin lessons, tutors, and everything else in between can be extremely difficult to manage…

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Review: HBO’s “Don’t Divorce Me”

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

REVIEW: HBO’s DON’T DIVORCE ME   Review by Janae Monroe   Peace Talks Mediation Services   peace-talks.com Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, especially the children. While parents intend to…

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Divorce That Works

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

  If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in such a good place right now.  However it happens, realizing that your marriage doesn’t make you happy and that something has…

Read More →

Resolving Divorce Conflict – Listening Is Not Obeying

By peacetalkadmin | July 26, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict  Key 2: Understand that Acknowledging and Listening are NOT the same as Obeying   You may be tempted to issue decrees as you…

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