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Cindy Harari
  • Fort Lauderdale,
  • United States
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About Me:
As an Attorney since 1985, I have developed and maintained a proactive, problem-solving practice, working with clients in the areas of intellectual property law and family law to create projects and settle conflicts.

As a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and Florida Qualified Parenting Coordinator, I utilize a diverse, professional skill set to facilitate positive outcomes for my clients. My understanding of the family law process and its pitfalls helps to guide my clients to avoid getting caught up in them.

In my practice, I educate clients about the complex systems and issues involved with divorce, parenting and family law. I counsel clients concerning divorce-related issues that impact families such as time-sharing, decision-making, single parenting, co-parenting, step parenting, and “merging” families. I work with parents who have children of all ages.

By combining mediation and parenting coordination methods, solutions are created that have a positive effect on parents and children, and also have a positive, long-term “ripple effect” on extended family relationships. I coach my clients as they develop the communication skills and problem- solving techniques necessary to create a peaceful divorce and co-parenting relationship.

I currently serve on several subcommittees of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and I was co-creator of the Children First Parenting Coordination protocol (Plantation, Florida) as well as the Children First public information website. I am a co-founder of the Peaceful Divorce Project. I earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY) where I was an editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, and I earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Magna Cum Laude) from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

I have been a licensed attorney since for more than 25 years, a parent for more than 20 years, and a stepparent for close to ten years. Faced with my own decision to divorce many years ago, I knew that I wanted to “do divorce differently.” I created a vision of divorce for my family that included a peaceful, long-term future.

As a parent, as well as an adult whose own parents divorced when I was 15, I am sensitive to the need for honest, appropriate communication and parenting so that family members can grow and thrive if divorce is part of the family's structure.

My private email address is cindyharari@aol.com.
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http://peacefuldivorce.org

Cindy Harari's Blog

10 Simple Communication Ideas for Parents

1. Whenever possible, communicate in writing. Writing gives you the opportunity to clarify your thoughts and express yourself clearly. Also, in the event of a misunderstanding, everyone can go back and look at what is written. E-mails and faxes have the advantage of having a date and time embedded as well.



2. Stick to child-focused issues and keep your communication informative, not emotional.



3. Keep your communication clear. Use bullet points or numbers rather than… Continue

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

The Power of One: Positive Parenting and Personal Growth During and After Divorce

Having a former spouse or co-parent who is not "on the same page" is one of many challenges during or after divorce. You can stay stuck in a place where you say: "he/she doesn't get it, will never get it, won't do it any other way" or take this time in your life as an opportunity to start doing things differently by shifting the focus to you.



When you say or do something, you cause a response or reaction. If you change the way you say or do things, you cause a change in the response… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 2:19pm

Starting Mediation After You Have Already Started Litigating Your Divorce Is Like Trying To Put A Fire Out After You Have Drenched It With Gasoline!*

Nothing about divorce is easy. Divorcing couples feel confused, stressed, angry and fearful. Their emotions are ignited and may seem out of control. But how the divorce evolves is in your hands and will affect you for years to come. Divorcing couples who start by litigating usually become more entrenched in their positions, more distrustful and more acrimonious because litigation fuels the fire by pitting one family member against the other! Starting mediation after you have already started…

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Posted on January 16, 2011 at 1:30pm

Ten Tips for Separated and Divorced Families for the Holidays

The following list is an excerpt from the book Kids First: What Kids Want Grown-ups to Know about Divorce and Separation, created by the children who attend divorce support groups at the Kids First Center in Portland, Maine and by Peg Libby,…

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Posted on December 2, 2010 at 9:00am

Is Online Divorce Filing A Sign of Economic Recovery?

Thank you to Peaceful Divorce member Lisa Decker for sharing the following timely information:
DivorceToday.com, a national provider of online divorce forms, reports that in 2010, increasing numbers of Americans turned to the Internet to file a divorce. This may be good news for the economy. According to economic experts, during times of acute economic distress, many people are deterred by financial insecurity from filing for divorce, which they delay until they feel more…
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Posted on November 3, 2010 at 1:00pm

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The Grey Divorce

Perhaps you’ve heard about the phenomenon known as the “grey divorce” and are wondering what it’s all about. An important study conducted by the Department of Sociology and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University entitled “The Grey Divorce Revolution” addressed this issue. I was attending the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts’…See More
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Elder Care Mediation

I recently attended a conference for The Academy of Professional Family Mediators in Memphis, Tennessee. One of the workshops I participated in was on elder care mediation, which gave some fascinating insights. A 2001 study, done by Debra B. Gentry, showed nearly 40% of adult children providing care for their parents reported serious conflict with siblings, usually related to a lack of sufficient help from those siblings. This study…See More
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Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Parallel Parenting: Making the Best of a Bad Situation

I very much appreciate working on divorce cases with a team, as it has so much value for clients. Mental health professionals can bring much-needed clarity to very difficult situations. The following article, written by Howard Dructman, PhD and Marsha Schechtman, LCSW, Atlanta Behavioral Consultants, explains how the concept of parallel parenting works:A literature…See More
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Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Why Do I Have to Prepare a Budget?

We all hate the word budget. How many times have you had a budget that never worked and only made life harder? And when you didn't follow it, did you feel like you failed?If a budget is done right, it will provide many benefits that are crucial when going through a divorce.A budget is a guideline to help you forecast how your cash flow will look.Having a budget keeps your priorities and values straight. Many…See More
Mar 23
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

The Difference Between Litigation and Mediation: It's Personal

People have a range of preconceptions about divorce, the law, and the courts. In reality, going before a judge to air your grievances about your soon-to-be ex-spouse is rarely as satisfying as movies and television shows may have you believe. Mediation offers a private, cost-efficient alternative to litigation—but before you choose either venue, there are some guiding principles to keep in mind:Don't expect…See More
Mar 7
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

The Taxes They Are A-Changing

Time flies when you’re having fun; here we find ourselves in a new year, with new challenges ahead—and of course our taxes are due. So let’s bring you up to date on some tax changes that we know of. (Remember this year could bring other tax changes that we don’t know about at this time).One big change is that 1099s have to be in to the IRS by January 31st of his…See More
Feb 7
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Social Security: How Do the New Rules Affect Divorced People?

The Association of Divorce Financial Planners held their annual conference this past October. One of the keynote speakers was Mary Beth Franklin, CFP, who is a contributing editor for Investment News. She spoke about the new Social Security rules and how to maximize benefits. Here is part of her talk relating to divorce:If married at least 10 years and currently unmarried, you may be able to collect on your ex-spouse’s work record as…See More
Dec 29, 2016
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

The Association of Divorce Financial Planners’ 2016 Divorce Catalyst Conference

I recently attended The Association of Divorce Financial Planners 2016 Divorce Catalyst Conference, held from October 27-29. There were a number of excellent speakers and interesting topics presented over the three days: Day OneThe keynote speaker was Jeff Brend. Jeff is an attorney who specializes in family law and is a fellow of the American Academy of…See More
Nov 23, 2016
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Self-Executing Modifications: Six Things Everyone Should Know

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Guest Blogger: Scott Evans Talks About HELOC

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Scott Evans: Adjustable Rate Mortgages Set to Skyrocket?

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