Family Law Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

What Happens to the Family After the Parents Split Ways

Letting go of something that you as a parent and a couple have fought for through many years is never easy. Many young parents and now separated couples are finding that breaking up a family is not an easy task.

While it be through divorce or through “separation” splitting a family is difficult for all those involved. However in the end it could be for the best. So what exactly happens when a family is ultimately split apart? There are certain steps that must be taken to ensure that any children involved are to be protected and raised properly.

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Construction Defect Family Law
Written by Edward Lai

Mediator Tells States to End the Water Wars

The month-long trail which was to end the high stakes water war between the states of Georgia and Florida ended with a special master telling the two neighboring states to negotiate a settlement.

Special Master Ralph Lancaster reminded both states that there is still a lot to lose, be it for the blooming metropolis of Atlanta or the residents of the small town of Apalachicola, Florida. According to Lancaster the two sides should “settle the blasted thing,” and that either way one side is going to be unhappy with the results. Lancaster even hinted that both sides may not like the outcome of the court mandated mediation.

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Lawyer, family Law
Written by Edward Lai

Four Out of Five Couples Do Not Abide by Divorce Law

New figures have revealed that four out of five couples who are divorcing do not abide by correct divorce laws. The law that is mostly typically ignored is the law that couples are required to consider mediation before they go to court for the divorce.

These numbers stem from a report conducted by National Family Mediation. The report states that an overwhelming 80% of all couples who are separating due to divorce do not follow the 2014 ruling requiring the presence of both parties at mediation information and assessment meanings (MIAMs).

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Lawyer,Mediation , Arbitration
Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce is never an easy thing, especially knowing that there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. For those who are not in the know, divorce through mediation means that each spouse agrees that a third party mediator will help to resolve the issues between each party and end the marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

What the Mediator has to take into Consideration

One of the most critical things that all parties must take into consideration is the children that are affected by the divorce proceedings. The mediator must review the side of both parties and come to an amicable solution to parenting time and custody. However, with a situation as sensitive as children the mediator must take all the information given very carefully and seriously.

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