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Three Ways to Use Mediation to Prepare for Family Conflict

Posted by Patrick Ward | Oct 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many thanks to my good friends at the Mosten Guthrie Academy, who first posted this article on October 13, 2021. Mediation is a powerful tool that can be used to resolve conflict and prepare for conflict. This blog looks at three ways that mediation can be used by families to help prepare before conflict ever arises: addressing parenting plans to meet the needs of the children, preparing emergency parenting kits, and for prenuptial agreements before marriage.

How are Child Support and Spousal Support Determined?

Posted by Patrick Ward | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the first questions people ask when getting divorced is, "how are child support and spousal support determined?" People want to know what they can rely on to ensure that they are paying their bills monthly. In this blog, I guide you through how child support and spousal support are deter...

How Does Divorce Impact Children?

Posted by Patrick Ward | Sep 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Divorce is hard on families, but hardest on children. This is why it's important for parents to work on supporting the needs of children during a divorce. Each child is different, so it is up to the parents to be empathetic to the child as they transition from living in a household where the fam...

6 Benefits of a Good Parenting Plan

Posted by Patrick Ward | Sep 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

A judge in a divorce case involving child expects at least some identified parenting plan before entering a judgment of divorce created during a Mediation or Collaborative Divorce. For the benefit of the whole family, including the child and the parents, the more specific the parents can make the...

What Does a Divorce Cost?

Posted by Patrick Ward | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Clarity Law LLC charges a flat fee for mediations and representation during a Collaborative Divorce to help clients know at least some of the costs of the divorce process and receive support during the divorce process, which can be much more efficient and supportive than going it alone.

Thanksgiving Optimism: Despite Lockdowns, I'm in Great Contact with Family Members and Am Excited to See Them All Soon

Posted by Patrick Ward | Nov 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a Collaborative professional and mediator I am optimistic about resolutions. As Thanksgiving comes around with Oregon in lockdown due to the pandemic, I know that I will miss seeing extended family this holiday. But, strangely, we're in even better touch now given the bizarre circumstances than before the pandemic. I know that will continue after the pandemic and that I will see them all soon.

During the First Post-Divorce Holiday Season, Show Kindness Toward the Other Parent and Child for the Child’s Best Interest

Posted by Patrick Ward | Nov 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

During. the Collaborative. Divorce process, you and your spouse worked closely with the team to develop a shared parenting-plan for the holiday season. But, now that the holidays are here, the reality is that the carefully outlined plan will mean that your child may not spend some of the holidays with you, driving up the possibility of pain and heartache because you miss your children. At this time, it is important to remember to put extra effort into showing kindness and empathy toward your ex-spouse, and to your child, for the child's best interest.

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