How are unvested stock options in a divorce handled?

Here is another financial mistake divorce mediation couples often make and how to avoid it. The mistake is the failure to identify and divide unvested assets. Some divorcing spouses are under the incorrect assumption that if a Pension, for example, is not vested, or Stock Awards or other forms of compensation are not fully vested at the time of dissolution, there is $0 value. Hence, they are not entitled to such a benefit. read more

Divorce and Finances: Maintain Obligations

Financial Mistakes Divorce Mediation Couples often make and how to avoid them. One such mistake when it comes to divorce and finance is failure to maintain your financial obligation associated with real estate mortgages and other joint debts. read more

Divorce and Insurance Benefits

Financial Mistakes Divorce Mediation Couples often make and how to avoid them. A mistake regarding divorce and insurance benefits is failing to secure spousal support (alimony) and child support payments with insurance. read more

Surviving the Holidays During Divorce

Surviving the holidays during divorce can be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life, especially if there are children involved. As parents, we try to make the holidays as joyous and memorable as we can. However, when parents have decided to separate, they must remember that no matter the time of year, it will be difficult, albeit not impossible, as many couples have ended their marriage and can move forward positively. One must remember not to harbor resentment that the family is not together during the holidays, but that the family will be creating new ways to celebrate and create new memories. read more

Approaches to Negotiation in Divorce Mediation

In divorce mediation, spouses can use both positional and interest-based negotiation to engage in discussions. These discussions ideally will improve communication between the parties, develop strong parenting plans, designed with family needs in mind, ensure the best interests of the children are always met, and support, teach and foster future collaborative problem-solving. read more

Reaching Mediation Agreements

When spouses reach a mediation agreement, the attorney-mediator typically drafts the first draft of the parties’ agreement. This mediation agreement is a contract. read more