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Is Your Marriage Over? What Happens Next?

October 12, 2016

Sometimes people come into my office and say “My husband (or my wife) will (or won’t) give me a divorce”, as if a divorce is an item that can simply change hands. Divorce is a process, often a long process, that has many stages. Each … Read More »

Spousal Support Now Based on a Formula

October 3, 2016

After years of argument and debate, the NY Legislature passed a new statute that went into effect in January of 2016.  This law has had a significant impact on spousal support, called maintenance in New York, degrees and licenses, and indirectly, on child support. Highlights: Degrees no … Read More »

Mediation Doesn’t Take Sides in Divorce Disputes

September 12, 2012

Many people choose to go to a lawyer to “handle” their divorce because they want to distance themselves from the unhappiness and bitterness they feel. Or because they are so angry that they don’t feel able to speak coherently to the other partner.  Both of … Read More »

Instead of the Destination Wedding, What About a Destination Divorce?

June 20, 2012

Here’s a new idea that might appeal to some of our Mediation clients. You can book in to this hotel (currently it’s a one of a kind venture in the Netherlands) for the weekend (separate rooms, if you prefer) and meet with appropriate professionals (Mediator, … Read More »

MH Mediation’s Kathryn Lazar Receives Award

June 12, 2012

Mid-Hudson Divorce and Family Mediation Center’s Kathryn Lazar accepted an award on behalf of The Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association (HVCDDRA) from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association’s Award. Kathryn Lazar is a co-founder of the HVCDDRA, as well as of Mid-Hudson Divorce … Read More »

Klingon and Tuna Casserole? Grounds for Mediation

April 15, 2012

According to a recent article in the  New York Times, in the UK, which still doesn’t have a no-fault divorce law, causes for divorce might have hit a new low! According to the article, a woman sued for divorce because her husband insisted she dress … Read More »

LGBT Pre-Nups: Mediating Happy Ever After

April 5, 2012

I wonder why so many of us read the “Weddings” page in the New York Times on Sundays?  Always looking for a happy ending, I guess. Today’s section had a really excellent article, with sound advice for Same-Sex couples that plan to marry. It was … Read More »

NY Courts Offer a Helpful Resource: Parent Education Programs

March 15, 2012

By Betsy Shequine, MH Mediation Until recently I was unaware that the New York Court System offers a free Parent Education and Awareness Handbook for Separating or Divorcing Parents. I was really surprised at the completeness and quality of the presentation and believe that it  … Read More »

Is Mediation Becoming a Trend?

February 20, 2012

When even the Huffington Post has a special section on Divorce, you know there is a lot of interest in the subject.  Read some of the articles in this daily section on that popular blog, and you will definitely see a trend or two. Most … Read More »

Do More Divorces Begin in January?

January 20, 2011

Take a look at Melanie Gorman’s article: The Power of Intentions, on the Huffington Post’s “Divorce” blog. She talks about the fact that January is the biggest month for divorces in the United States.  She is, in turn quoting statistics published by eDivorcePapers.com, which claims … Read More »

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