Author: Eliza

Tips for navigating Christmas alone from a divorce coach

Divorce and break-up coach Claire Macklin joins us to share tips for navigating a family Christmas after separation or divorce.

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for separated families. Expectations and emotions are high, established routines are interrupted, time with your children is divided, and many of my clients end up feeling anxious.

I understand. I remember feeling the same about Christmas the first couple of years after my divorce, especially the first time that our children were spending Christmas with their Dad.

I had to decide whether to let it get me down or to find new ways to enjoy Christmas.

Change is always difficult, but the truth is that whatever your new reality, you always have a choice. You can let it control and define you, or you can choose to take back your power and consciously put yourself back in the driving seat.

These techniques

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What is a Quitclaim deed and Why Do I need one in a Divorce in AL

 What is a quit claim deed and why do I need one if a house was acquired during the marriage but my spouse is not showing on the deed? A quitclaim deed in Alabama is a document that transfers ownership of an interest in a property from one party to another. The grantor is the party that is giving their ownership interest and the grantee is the party that is paying for the interest. Quitclaim deeds are the quickest way to transfer property from one person to another at a real estate closing in Alabama. Quitclaim deeds offer no protection to the buyer because it is only a means of transferring the interests as fast as possible.  QuitClaim Deed in a Divorce

In Alabama the quitclaim deed does not ensure that the current owner has clear title to the property. Quitclaim deeds are commonly used when the property is being transferred: to a spouse

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Who is a Family Mediation Lawyer and What They Can Do

A family mediation lawyer is a family lawyer that focuses on settling family law matters through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or collaborative family law. They can be your advocates during mediation and settlement talks, or they can be actual mediators who will assist you and your spouse reach a settlement in your family law matter. These lawyers avoid courts and litigation.

Let’s look at family mediation lawyers’ types, qualifications, tasks, strategies and goals.

Family Mediation Lawyer Types

There are two types of family mediation lawyers:

  1. Family Law Mediation Lawyers that advocate and attend mediation and other settlement talks for each of the parties; and
  2. Family Law Mediators who do not advocate for either party but try to get the parties to settle through compromise.

Family Law Mediation Lawyers

Family law mediation lawyers who are ‘advocates’ for each party are usually general family lawyers who choose to settle cases instead of litigating

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Good Divorce Week 2022 – what is an out of court divorce?

This Good Divorce Week Resolution held a roundtable discussion with MPs in parliament to highlight the extent of delays in the family courts and the impact on families within the backlogged system.

They’re rightfully calling for advice and information on family matters to be universally available so that families are aware there are multiple out of court routes to divorce available to them.

Wherever possible, our aim is to help clients avoid court altogether by using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as solicitor negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, or arbitration.

In the right circumstances these approaches can help families to resolve issues and reach agreements amicably and without family court intervention.

What is an out of court divorce?

‘Out of court’ divorces are those where couples negotiate the terms of the divorce without court proceedings.

There are several options available for divorcing couples who wish to achieve an out of court

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Custody, Guardianship, Parenting Time. What Does It Mean?

Clients are often confused about the terms “guardianship”, “custody”, and “parenting time”. There are different terms used for parenting arrangements, depending on which legislation is applicable.

In Canada, the federal Divorce Act and the provincial Family Law Act use different terminology regarding parenting arrangements. In addition, the Divorce Act only applies to people who are married.

The Family Law Act applies to common-law spouses and married couples. In situations where both the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act are applicable, the Divorce Act is generally used due to the principle of paramountcy (which means that where there is an inconsistency between federal and provincial laws, the federal law will take effect).

The Divorce Act

The Divorce Act previously used the terms “custody” and “access”. The Divorce Act has been amended so that the terms “custody” and “access” are no longer used.

The term “custody” relates to the idea of

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