Personal Property and Divorce: Consignment Offers Solutions

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Los Angeles Superior Court Update: Budget Cuts

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Parental Alientation and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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…

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Mediate Family Law, Don’t Litigate!

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 and Domestic Violence

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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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Why Your Kids Will Thank You for Mediating Your Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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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8 Peace Practices for Uncontested Divorce California

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Cause of Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 That Works

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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 – Be Hard on the Problem, Not the People

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

A Closer Look at Resolving Divorce Conflict Key 1: Be hard on the problem, not the people. We made this the first conflict resolution skill because it’s likely the first…

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Resolving Divorce Conflict – Listening Is Not Obeying

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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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Divorce & Holidays: Stay Focused On What Matters Most Holiday Season

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Staying Focused On What Matters This Holiday Season For most children, the holidays are an exciting time that they look forward to all year. However for some, especially those whose…

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Why Your Kids Will Thank You for Mediating Your Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Choose How Confrontational Your Divorce Will Be

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Divorce Resolution Continuum By Diana Mercer, Attorney-Mediator, copyright 2013   The decision to divorce is followed by a number of choices for how a case might be filed and later…

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Why You Should Come to This Collaborative Training

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Personal Property and Divorce: Consignment Offers Solutions

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Uncontested Divorce California

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Mediate! Don’t Litigate.

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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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Divorce Strategy?

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Divorce in California

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Mediation vs. Litigation

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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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Cost of Divorce: Cost of Staying Together

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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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Mediation is the New and Improved Litigation

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Well, there’s really no improvements on divorce and custody litigation. But mediation is definitely a better way to go.

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Creating a Good Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

I know it’s an oxymoron:

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Is Divorce Failure?

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Family Mediation and Failure Many clients have told me that they viewed getting divorced as a their greatest failure as an adult.

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Divorce: Kids and Custody

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Kids and Custody Do you remember being a kid?

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Cause of Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Los Angeles Superior Court Update: Budget Cuts

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Insider Divorce Advice

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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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Family Law Mediation Success

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 Strategy and Divorce Mediation

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 is…

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Divorce Mediation: Mediator Styles

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Why Your Kids Will Thank You for Mediating Your Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Choose How Confrontational Your Divorce Will Be

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 2013

Divorce Resolution Continuum By Diana Mercer, Attorney-Mediator, copyright 2013   The decision to divorce is followed by a number of choices for how a case might be filed and later…

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Streamlined Collaborative Practice Protocols Training June 6-8, 2013

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Why This Collaborative Training is Different

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Why You Should Come to This Collaborative Training

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Personal Property and Divorce: Consignment Offers Solutions

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Creating a Good Divorce

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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TopTips for Choosing your Divorce Mediation Attorney

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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,…

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Divorce That Works

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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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Review: HBO’s “Don’t Divorce Me”

By peacetalkadmin | July 25, 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 put their children…

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End of Life Decisions

By peacetalkadmin | May 21, 2009

My mother is dying of cancer. Yes, this is Diana Mercer, founder of Peace Talks Mediation Services, Inc., talking. She’s had cancer for 10 years but has been mercifully symptom-free.…

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It’s wedding season. Time for a prenup?

By peacetalkadmin | May 21, 2009

Yes, I know, most people don’t think prenups are particularly romantic. But when you think about it, is it romantic to fight about money, how to raise children, or to…

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