Mediation

When most people get married, they do so with the idea that they will be with this person for the rest of their lives. Or at least, they hope so. While everyone knows that divorce can happen, a lot of people think of it as something that happens to other people. But then it happens. It may happen by your own hand, or without your input. Maybe it happens slow or fast, but no matter what, everyone has that moment where the enormity of what just happened hits you like a truck. In retrospect, a lot of people think of…
What Is a Divorce Coach & How Can They Help? Katrin Reyes, AMFT, CDC sat down with West Coast’s Professional Family Mediator Jen Segura to talk about the role of a divorce coach, the support they provide, and how they can help you through this difficult life transition. To contact Katrin Reyes, use the information below: www.CarlsbadDivorceMentors.com 760-685-2651 The post What Is a Divorce Coach & How Can They Help? appeared first on West Coast Family Mediation.…
By Amanda Singer In the Covid-19 relief legislation signed by President Biden on March 11th in addition to the stimulus checks that most eligible Americans have probably already received the legislation also increased the child tax credit. The 2021 child tax credit has increased to $3,600 per child under five (5) and $3,000 per old child over 5. This is up from $2,000 per child in the most recent tax changes. Additionally, parents will be eligible for the full amount, even if their tax liability is very low, which will benefit low-income families the most. Previously parents could deduct the…
By Todd Singer Revisiting the dating scene after the end of a relationship can be daunting and a potentially revitalizing moment in your life. This step has changed significantly in the last couple of decades, and over the past year, it has changed even more. First, it was the internet and smartphones shepherding this change to dating life, and of course, it has been the pandemic over the past year. As with almost all things related to the internet, this has brought new opportunities and new challenges. How do I know when I am ready to date? The most important…
Laurie Itkin & Equity Compensation Laurie Itkin, a financial advisor, certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA), television news guest, and author sits down with Professional Family Mediator to discuss equity compensation. For more information on Laurie, check out her website and contact information below: Tel: 858-220-4736 laurie@theoptionslady.com www.theoptionslady.com The post Laurie Itkin & Equity Compensation appeared first on West Coast Family Mediation.…
While there certainly is a lot of reading out there on parenting and divorce, there isn’t a handbook for your specific child. Getting an unexpected medical diagnosis for your child is intensely stressful, emotional, and heartbreaking. But what can take this difficult situation from bad to worse is when your co-parent disagrees with the treatment options you wish to pursue. How do you handle a disagreement when the issue is your child’s health? We have a few tips to help co-parents navigate this really complicated issue. Only Talk When You are Both Calm, Cool, & Collected The time period directly…
On March 11th President Biden signed the most recent round of Covid-19 relief legislation (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021), which included another round of stimulus checks and other tax changes. In this article, I’ll be discussing the stimulus checks and what issues may arise for separating or divorced parents and then check back next month for part two for more information on the tax changes that also accompanied this bill. How Much Will I Get? The coming stimulus checks are larger for adults than in the first two rounds. Each eligible adult will receive $1,400, compared with $1,200 last…
The smoke is clearing, hope is on the horizon, COVID cases are dropping, and the thought of returning to a somewhat normal world is upon us. As more and more people are vaccinated, businesses are planning to reopen if they aren’t already, and now we are faced with shifting back to a schedule more like how we used to be. We will start being faced with the consequences of the division that occurred over the past year. Whether it be political, precautions, or financial, these topics have caused a major rift in relationships spanning across our lives. It can be…
By Amanda Singer Getting engaged and then married is usually one of the happiest times in a couple’s life. While it differs for everyone, you’re probably focusing on where you’ll get married, what you will wear, your flowers, and your photographer as you prepare for the happy day. The last thing on your mind is probably premarital mediation and/or a premarital agreement (also commonly referred to as a prenup or prenuptial agreement), and before you stop reading because you say “we’ll never get divorced,” read on to understand the importance of premarital mediation and how you can discuss it with…
How to Assess Governance Maturity and Improve Family Business Strategy Using the Three Circle Model Even after 40 years, the Three Circle Model of Family Business is still an effective tool for dealing with the challenges of running a family business. To be an effective advisor to a family business, you need to assess the governance maturity of each circle and adapt to the current state. Governance maturity is measured by how evolved the critical structures are within each circle. A Quick Refresher On the Highlights of the Three Circle Model Family Circle The Family Circle encompasses issues of the…