Your Initial Consultation with an Attorney

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The initial consultation with an attorney to discuss divorce can be difficult and an emotional drain. These are some steps that can make the process easier for you: 1. Bring as much financial information as possible: The more documentation you gather about your financial situation, the better. Some of the important details are: The income you and your spouse earn The retirement and non-retirement assets you each have Real Estates and Vehicles that you obtain titles for the businesses or … Read more »

The Initial Client Interview

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By:  Randall M. Kessler, Esq.; Darren M. Tobin, Esq. The communication between the attorney and the client starts at the initial interview.  Remember, every client and every case is different.  From the outset, it is imperative that you take sufficient time to get to know your client, his or her spouse, the family, and the background of the marriage.  Understanding your client’s needs and expectations are vital if you are going to successfully help your client. At your first … Read more »

Roberta Batley is part of the Board of Directors

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Roberta Batley is now a member of the Board of Directors for the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association whose mission is to establish and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the University of New Mexico School of Law (the “Law School”) and its alumni/ae; to interest alumni/ae, members of the Bar, and other persons or corporations in raising funds for the benefit of the Law School; to work with the Dean of the Law … Read more »

Top 10 Divorce Clichés

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Randall M. Kessler -High profile divorce lawyer, Chaired ABA Family Law Section, Author Man and woman waiting on a sofa As a divorce lawyer for nearly 30 years, I have heard many things said over and over. Some ring true, some are born of anger and others concisely set forth the wisdom of those who have learned how to survive this sometimes terrible process. While narrowing it down to ten was a challenge, here are … Read more »

Family Bar Summit: Shaping the System For the Families We Serve

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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system.  The Honoring Families Initiative identifies and recommends dignified and fair processes for the resolution of divorce, separation, and custody in a manner that is more accessible and more responsive to children, parents, and families. The IAALS Honoring Families Initiative, in partnership with a Steering Committee of national … Read more »

5 Tips for a Successful Settlement Facilitation

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by Jan B. Gilman-Tepper 1.  Preparation, preparation, preparation. It is a must. You should have pre-prepared your asset and liability worksheet with all the supporting documentation you can find. For example, if you list a Bank account like this: Bank of the East $2,170, then you should have a recent statement from that Bank showing the current balance as: $2,171.95. The figures you use on the spreadsheet should be rounded to even numbers where possible. The reason is … Read more »

9 Movies To Get You Through The Dark Days After Divorce

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Divorce can be an isolating experience. Especially when those around you haven’t been through it themselves. They can try to comfort you and say the right things, but sometimes you need someone who knows what it’s like. Someone who’s been through it. Someone like my old pal Holly…wood. There’s a movie out there for everyone. One that will resonate with you, no matter how unique you think your situation is. Below are my absolute favorite divorce movies. Find … Read more »

ABA London Sessions and the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

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Sandra Morgan Little just returned from the ABA London Sessions and the commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede. The American Bar Association has a memorial at Runnymede, first dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in 1957, and was rededicated on the day of the anniversary June 15, 2015.  The event at Runnymede, where King John sealed the original accord in 1215, was attended by the Queen and other royals, Prime Minister David … Read more »

8 Gardening Lessons You Can Use in Your Divorce

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by Karen Covy -Divorce lawyer and advisor in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially and Legally. As I was up to my elbows in compost and worms the other day, it occurred to me that divorce is a lot like gardening: it’s hard work, takes an enormous amount of time, and the results are never guaranteed. Surprisingly, the techniques and tactics you use to … Read more »