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Articles about Mediation and Collaborative Divorce


Posted by Patrick Ward | Jan 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

In Oregon, the law favors ongoing consistent and safe contact with both parents. There is no protection, necessarily, for the person who was the primary parent. To the extent appropriate and practical, divorcing parents should focus on meeting the children's needs in a child-centered way to ensure their emotional protection. Divorce is a challenge for every member of the family. My office provides recommendations and resources to help parents safely navigate through the process in a way that is legally appropriate, emotionally healthy, and child-centered. (Special thanks to the marvelous Christina McGhee for many of the tips and resources in this article. Her book Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids is a fantastic resource for families. And please also enjoy her appearance on Susan Guthrie's fabulous podcast, Divorce and Beyond,

I Earn How Much? Income and Child Support in Oregon

Posted by Patrick Ward | Mar 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

Oregon engourages clients to mediate child support to ensure ongoing support of children. One consideration that may be necessary to mediate is what is income, since that drives the calculation. This is especially important for clients with fluctuating incomes as well as underemployed or unemployed clients.

Here are Three (possibly four) Tips to Remember to Help a Child be Emotionally Healthy During a Divorce.

Posted by Patrick Ward | Jan 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be difficult for children. There are many ways that parents can help a child get through a divorce in an emotionally healthy way. Here are three (or four) ways that parents can support their child through a divorce. First, parents need to do what they can to work together to be consistent with their children. Second, parents can respect each other’s time with the children, and third parents ensure that the children do not perceive themselves as carrying the burden of the parent’s relationship. Finally, parents should use their team to support the children’s emotional health.

Who Is on Your Divorce Team?

Posted by Patrick Ward | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is important to have a team to support you during a divorce - including professionals and friends and relatives. Each has a specific role. Divorcing clients should know who can be on their team to support them both as a couple and individually.

Dating During Divorce

Posted by Patrick Ward | Nov 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

During a recent mediation, a husband came in emotionally conflicted. I could see that he was angry, but unsure about why. He called for the divorce. But then he saw his soon to be ex-wife on a date with another man. The husband kept telling me and his ex-wife during the mediation that he was gl...

Adult Children and Divorce

Posted by Patrick Ward | Nov 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

I was sitting in a coffee shop when I overheard a young adult discussing her recent trip back home. She said she had a great time but was frustrated by will the need to balance the time between her divorced mom and dad. Even though they had been divorced for years, it was clear that she was sti...

3 Misconceptions about Children and Family Law in Oregon

Posted by Patrick Ward | Nov 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

Misconception #1:  There is a relationship between parenting time and child support payments. There is not a connection between parenting time and child support. Parenting time is the time that a parent spends with the children. This could range from several nights a week to several hours a week...

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...

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