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Divorce Mediation and Children:A Plea

March 27, 2011

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I believe deeply in divorce mediation. It is inexpensive and civil, two things litigation is not. But if you have children, I have one word of advice. Google the phrases “Wallerstein” and “Effects of Divorce on Children”. Then you may decide which options you prefer if you are a parent and getting divorced. Try it, […]

A Divorce Mediator’s “Selling Pitch”/Martin Rosenfeld

March 27, 2011

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I believe deeply in divorce mediation. It is inexpensive and civil, two things litigation is not. But if you have children, I have one word of advice. Google the phrases “Wallerstein” and “Effects of Divorce on Children”. Then you may decide which options you prefer if you are a parent and getting divorced. Try it, […]

The Obama Doctrine and Your Divorce/Martin Rosenfeld

March 21, 2011

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In recent days, we have read that President Obama has a new doctrine; a brilliant one based on careful study and bridge-building. Conversely, we have read that the President is a leader who leads by “dithering” and “punting”. Which version is correct? The answer seems obvious. To those who tend to favor the President, they […]

Civil Divorce:A Personal Account/A Reader

March 17, 2011

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My wife and I were married more than twenty years, and we had several children. For their and her privacy, I avoid specifics. We met in college, began as enormously close friends, married mostly for the right reasons, and built a Bayit Ne’eman. My in-laws disliked me from Day One and before. They felt their […]

What the Tragedy in Japan Can Teach Us Re Divorce/Martin Rosenfeld

March 14, 2011

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Many news reports and op-ed pieces have commented about the calm that reigns supreme in Japan. Rationing of gas, for example, has led to gas lines of more than one hour. Some wait the hour only to find that no gas is available. Yet there is calm, cooperation, and acts of kindness. Is it culture […]

Divorce, Children, and Shared Simcha/Shiffie Grossman Merzel

March 10, 2011

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About a year ago I received two invitations in the mail, two Bar mitzvahs within two weeks of each other. Both boys were from one-parent homes. From one of the invitations I was able to gather that it was going to be a joint party, meaning both mother and father were making one party together. […]

Reading the Tea Leaves/Martin Rosenfeld

March 9, 2011

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In a recent op-ed piece, Leslie Gelb, a former journalist and senior government official, wrote a compelling argument about why the US should refrain from aiding the Libyan rebels who are fighting the Gaddafi government. His argument is summarized as follows: We do not know who these rebels are. Who is to say that they […]