The Florida Bar has approved the course proposal submitted by Peaceful Divorce Project, consisting of your very own Peaceful Divorce Members Cynthia Tiano, Esq., Cindy Harari, Esq. and John T. Mulhull III, Esq.
This first course is "Introduction to the Peaceful Divorce Model
," an intermediate level course with ethics credit. This means we will be teaching THE LAWYERS about Peaceful Divorce.
We plan to create Peaceful Divorce education and certification programs for… Continue
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on July 30, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Current research indicates that one of the most reliable predictors of a child's success after their parents' separation and divorce is how well their parents get along. However, most separated or divorced parents find it quite challenging to peacefully reach common ground with their child's other parent.
Often, despite parents' best efforts to protect them, children see too much, hear too much and feel their parents' simmering anger. Some children get a stomach ache every time they… Continue
Added by Cindy Harari on July 15, 2009 at 11:20am —
Written By Rosalind Sedacca
The third annual National Child-Centered Divorce Month, taking place throughout July, is being launched with a series of complimentary teleseminars and bonus gifts for parents.
Divorce book author, Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, a certified corporate trainer recognized as The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce, initiated National Child-Centered Divorce Month. “These weeks are dedicated to helping parents make the best possible decisions regarding… Continue
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on July 3, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Member Rosalind Sedacca, CCT
wrote this important post. Please read and pass it on!
We all do it from time to time. Make a sarcastic comment about our ex, criticize something they did or didn't do, gesture or grimace our faces when referring to our former spouse. When we do it in front of, near or within hearing distance of our children, we set ourselves up for a hornet's nest of problems.
We have all heard this, but it's easy to forget or let slide. It hurts… Continue
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on June 30, 2009 at 9:30am —
A first-of-its-kind national poll to determine if a consensus exists about how divorced baby boomers are holding up was conducted by the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children and the Baby Boomer [Knowledge Center].
Participants in the poll were asked three fundamental questions about the divorce process, their relationship with their "former" spouse and the affects of divorce on the dynamics of the family.
1. What was the most challenging part of getting a… Continue
Added by Rosalind Sedacca, CCT on June 21, 2009 at 2:42pm —
Last Thursday night, March 26, 2009, I presented a tele-class about issues related to re-coupling after divorce. Susan Epstein of Parenting Powers asked some great questions and contributed a stepfamily story of her own.
Below are a few of the things I talked about:
1) How fairy tales, books, and movies inaccuracy depict step families (AKA blended families).
They either portray the stepfamily as one in which they overcome many problems and then live "happily… Continue
Added by Judy M. Graybill on March 30, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Many of us have worked on cases where the ultimate property settlement was hampered due to lack of liquidity. This often occurs in families where the most significant asset is either a closely held business or real estate.
Often one of the parties requests that the ultimate disposition of these non-liquid assets be finalized some time in the future when the closely held business or real estate interest is sold. He or she further posits that the real value of these assets will only be… Continue
Added by Sue K. Varon on March 30, 2009 at 1:47pm —
This will probably surprise you but divorce is NOT a legal issue, it is a personal issue and most people should get a divorce with little or no lawyer involvement. If you want to have the smoothest divorce possible the solution is to resolve your problems outside of court.
1. Avoid Lawyers and Courts as much as possible! The first thing you should know is that our legal system is not child-focused or family-friendly; it is adversarial by nature. The emotional and financial price you… Continue
Added by Belinda Rachman, Esq. on March 27, 2009 at 8:00pm —
With tax season in our midst, the question of claiming the child dependency exemption is consistently posed by our clients. Here is a recent development that you should keep in mind. As you may know, the non-custodial parent can claim the child dependency exemption, as long as the custodial parent signs a waiver promising not to claim the exemption. This is typically accomplished by the use of IRS Form 8332 (which was revised in January 2009.) Recent amendments to IRS regulations provide that a… Continue
Added by Sue K. Varon on March 17, 2009 at 3:00pm —
The mega-divorce site, Divorce 360, has reviewed founding member Cynthia Tiano's book and audio program, "Happily Divorced! Secrets of the Win-Win Formula"
. Here is what they had to say:
"Cynthia Tiano was once considered a "killer" as a divorce attorney. She was respected by fellow attorneys and feared by their clients, who worried what they'd lose when they faced her in divorce court. It wasn't until her own divorce that she began to wonder about her tactics.
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on March 4, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Happy New Year to Everyone!
I hope that you all enjoyed blessed holidays.
I would like to share with you the news of my quote in the NY Times today. Recently I received a call from a reporter there doing a story on the down housing market and it’s effects on those in divorce. That story was released online today. You can read the full story here… Continue
Added by Lisa C. Decker on December 30, 2008 at 9:30pm —
Creating Joy! The Relationship E-newsletter
is entering its fourth year, and readers are invited to help me write it this year!
While I enjoy sharing with readers the Transformational insights, inspiration and practical self-help tips that I feel inspired to share each month – this monthly e-newsletter is for you.
My heartfelt desire has always been and continues to be, to help my readers:
• Attract your special someone
• Create or strengthen… Continue
Added by Debra Gordy MS MRET on January 17, 2009 at 9:04pm —
Seven Tips for Parenting From Afar
Whether afar is across town or across the country these tips will help any parent who is not currently sleeping under the same roof as his or her children.
(1) If you have not done so already, call a truce with your Ex. (Note: Your Ex does not have to take the same action.)
(2) Take advantage of technology. One example is setting up web cams on your computer and your kids’ computers.
(3) Make sure that your kids have… Continue
Added by Elinor Robin, PhD on January 4, 2009 at 8:12am —
Check out this great article from our member Belinda Rachman, Esq.
and please share it with anyone you think it might help!
When you had your child or children your life changed from being focused on yourself to suddenly having to consider how all your life choices would impact the kids. That is the way it should be. What is in the child's best interest should always be a parent's top priority especially when considering divorce. Continue
The first thing you should know is our…
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on September 24, 2008 at 7:30am —
I know that divorce lawyers have a pretty bad reputation when it comes to fueling the fires between divorcing couples. Most people believe that they only want to fight, especially since they make more money the longer the fight goes on.
I’m here to tell you as a divorce mediator that this has not really been my experience. Sure, some divorce attorneys prolong the fight, but there really are lots of them out there that do care, and want to help you navigate the… Continue
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on September 23, 2008 at 10:57am —
Here is a great article by our own Rosalind Sedacca, CCT
, founder of ChildCenteredDivorce.com
that would benefit everyone to read, and to pass on:
Divorce is a highly emotional topic. When children are involved the consequences are far more dramatic - and, not surprisingly, so are our opinions. I know there are many people who sincerely believe that no divorce is a good divorce. That children are always and inevitably harmed by the physical and emotional separation of their… Continue
Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on September 19, 2008 at 6:30pm —
It seems to me that it is just too easy for couples contemplating divorce to fall into the adversarial system. Even those folks who start out with the intention of doing things peacefully get sucked into the system. I'm thinking about a couple I met with a few months ago who wanted to avoid a "war." We had an educational and philosophical discussion about marital dissolution and coparenting (they've got one young child). I heard from them very briefly over the course of a few months -- they… Continue
Added by Cindy Harari on August 14, 2008 at 6:00pm —
With the recent increases in gas and food prices and the new school year around the corner, single parents need all the help they can get stretching a dollar. For most of us, the next few weeks will be spent buying school clothes and supplies and having to spend money on school lunches, after school activities and all of the other expenses the new school year brings.
So if our earnings and/or child support has not increased, yet all of our expenses have, how are we supposed to get… Continue
Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:44am —
Getting a divorce doesn't mean you never speak to your ex again, especially if you share any amount of custody. Now more than ever, you need communication strategies that bring out the best in everyone - you, your ex and your kids. It only takes one argument to slip out of control and make your life (and your children's lives) extremely difficult. Learning new strategies of communication with your ex is a worthy goal if you want a life with less stress and more ease. Below are some simple… Continue
Added by Jeanie Rule on August 5, 2008 at 6:16pm —
My 62 year old widowed mother recently began receiving my father's social security death benefits. We had to call the social security office to find out how the process works. I became curious about what benefits- if any-divorced people are entitled to. During my own divorce, my lawyer never discussed this issue with me. After 13 years of marriage, most of those spent as a stay at home mom, if I would be entitled to my ex-husband's social security benefits.
I went to the government's… Continue
Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:39am —