Pasadena Family Law Blog

Pasadena Family Law Blog

  • At 8:20 a.m. on August 1, 2015, I was interviewed by Bob Brill on KNX News Radio. The topic was "Compared To A Lawsuit, Mediation Is Swift, Confidential, Solution Oriented, And Low Cost." Apparently, people seem to think that lawsuits can typically be resolved within 6 months, which is far from accurate. Lawsuits tend to take several years to resolve and people can resolve their issues ...
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  • On July 18, 2015, the New York Times published an article titled by Penelope Green titled " A New Cadre of Experts Helps Women Navigate Their Divorces." I am well aware of the existence of such so-called "experts." Having been through a divorce does not make one an "expert." In fact, some of the most destructive family law attorneys, mediators, divorce coaches, ...
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  • Is Ordering People to Have a Relationship Effective?

    || 10-Jul-2015

    On June 24, 2015, Lisa Gorcyca, Judge, Oakland County, Michigan family court, ordered " three kids, aged 9, 10 and 15, to Children's Village for civil contempt of court when they refused to talk to their father." You see, the judge had ordered them to have a "healthy relationship with their father" and they refused to even talk to him. The father stated that "the last ...
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  • On July 7, 2015, I read an article titled "Legal Ethics and Confirmation Bias " by Jayne Reardon, Executive Director at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. I shared that article, along with the following comment: "You will note that a solution involves EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ), something which lawyers tend to lack. Fortunately, EQ can be learned." The ...
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  • People should start being honest, for a change.

    || 5-Jul-2015

    The Confederate flag ceased to fly on April 9, 1865 and flew again in 1956 in opposition to Brown v. Board of Education. The Civil War was fought over slavery. When the South surrendered, the flag came down. The South then had Jim Crow laws in place, until the U. S. Supreme Court ruled to end segregation in public schools. As a sign of opposition, the Confederate flag was raised for the first time ...
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  • The LinkedIn Discussion over marriage equality that I shared in my prior post continued and the issues raised warrant sharing. I received the following response to the comments that I made: "Mark. Never meant to throw rocks, so I apologize if you feel I have done that. No offense meant for sure. My wife is very happy and our marriage is one of equality and unity. We walk together in agreement ...
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  • On February 14, 2014, the New York Times published an article by Eli J. Finkel titled " The All-or-Nothing Marriage." It is an article about how marriage has evolved over time in the United States. In that article he references a new theory of marriage that he developed with the psychologists Chin Ming Hui, Kathleen L. Carswell and Grace M. Larson, which was to be published later that ...
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  • I had a very interesting breakfast meeting this morning with two mental health professionals, both of whom have been involved with situations in which the State has taken custody of children away from the parents because of their substance abuse. They were telling me that an increasingly large number of grandparents are receiving custody of their grandchildren. I told them there was an aspect of ...
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  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Should Be Proud

    || 30-Jun-2015

    Although I am a famiy law attorney and mediator, I am rarely pleased to hear when a couple is divorcing and the same is true for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. My thoughts are with both of them because regardless of how amicable a couple may be, divorce is tough, extremely stressful, and involves a great many losses. I am thrilled to hear that Ben and Jennifer are mediating their divorce. I am a ...
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  • I just had my interview with Jan Stevens on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO - CBS Los Angeles. The topic was premarital agreements. We discussed the reality that everyone who marries has a premarital agreement, whether or not they realize it. They either accept the "default" prenup, which consists of the Family Law Code in existence in the jurisdiction in which you reside, at the time of the divorce, ...
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  • On June 23, 2015, I was the guest-of-honor at Michael Levine's monthly "City Talk" at Luna Park and the topic was conflict resolution. After everyone had introducted themselves, Michael asked me to briefly explain my path to conflict resolution and why I am so passionate about it. I explained the impact my parents' litigated divorce had on our family dynamics, how it led to our ...
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  • June 23, 2015 Michael Levine's "CITY TALK" How to Resolve or otherwise Manage Conflict Professionally and Personally " The average 'financial cost' of a divorce in the United States is estimated to be $20,000.00 per person. While some divorces only cost a few hundred dollars, others can cost millions of dollars. 'Each case has its own 'price point.' The ...
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  • Mark Baer Crowned Most Compassionate Family Mediator by Corporate America

    || 22-Jun-2015

    Mark Baer has recently been recognized by The Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015 as "Most Compassionate Family Mediator—California." The Legal Elite award is designed to "shine a spotlight on the most well respected lawyers, barristers, attorneys and firms in the business, highlighting the game changing work, stellar customer service and amazing results that have made them ...
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  • Kelley, I agree with some of the information contained in your article and with your ultimate conclusion; however, I have the following issues: First, while many lawyers may be sympathetic, there is a HUGE difference between sympathy and empathy. You see, empathy connects people and sympathy disconnects them. Social and emotional skills such as empathy are essential to conflict resolution. ...
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  • Mark Baer's Radio Interview on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

    || 13-Jun-2015

    I just had my interview on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO - CBS Los Angeles. The producer told me that the segment only lasts for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes, but that Bob Brill gave me 4 minutes because he liked what I had to say. I covered the fact that the biggest mistake people make when divorcing is not to consider the process they want to use BEFORE selecting an attorney. Family law is litigation. Therefore, if ...
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  • An Insider's Tips for a Successful Divorce

    || 11-Jun-2015

    On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8:20 a.m. PST, Mark Baer will be a guest on KNX 1070 News Radio. The topic will be "An Insider's Tips for a Successful Divorce." I was last interviewed on KNX on January 20, 2014. On this occasion, I will be a guest on Bob Brill 's program. Mr. Brill is an Award-winning anchor at CBS Radio LA. I was amazed at how many people mentioned that they had ...
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  • De-Escalating Conflict through Service Delivery

    || 10-Jun-2015

    On February 5, 2015, I presented at the San Gabriel Valley Family Law Study Group on "De-Escalating Parental Conflict Through Service Delivery." The program focused on strategies and behaviors attorneys can leverage to reduce the risk of parental conflict. It was a one hour presentation and it was essentially given to family law litigators. Rather than doing it as a lecture, I decided ...
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  • Always Remember that the Law is a Blunt Object

    || 9-Jun-2015

    In Russia, there is a presumption that marital property be shared equally. You may recall that in 2014, Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev was ordered to pay his wife one-half of his $8.8 Billion fortune. Therefore, unless special circumstances apply, Vladimir Potanin can expect to pay his wife one-half of his $15 Billion fortune. While that may seem "unfair" to some, perspective is ...
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  • On April 27, 2015, Mark Baer was interviewed by Nicola Beer on "Divorce Talk with Nicola Beer." The topic was "How to Protect Children through the Legal Process of Divorce." The description of "Divorce Talk with Nicola Beer" is as follows: "Do you want to save and revive your marriage? Create a new life after divorce? Or perhaps help your children through ...
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  • The enactment of so-called "religious freedom" laws, such as that enacted in Indiana on March 26, 2015, are deeply troubling for a great many reasons. The greatest concern about such laws is not whether or not they are Constitutional, but the disconnection they create. Unfortunately, the level of conflict in the world has been increasing. In order to address this very serious problem, it ...
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  • Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment

    || 27-Jan-2015

    On December 8, 2014, the Huffington Post published my article titled " The Power of Empathy." Based upon the response I received from that article, it appears to have been my most important article to date. In fact, it was shared by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the University of ...
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  • The Impact of Religiously Biased Mental Health Professionals

    || 12-Nov-2014

    Anyone familiar with me and/or my work knows that I have a great deal of respect for those involved in the mental health field. I have been a member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association since 2008 and have attended almost all of their monthly lunch meetings since joining that organization. I spend a great deal of time reading psychological research and articles and engaging in ...
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  • Last month, Pasadena divorce lawyer Mark Baer was recognized as the best in L.A. for family law and divorce. The Best of Los Angeles Award lauded Mr. Baer's commitment to defusing conflict in divorce and achieving peaceful separations. This in itself is a notable accolade. Add to this that Mr. Baer has just received the rare honor of being selected as a Top 100 Lawyer. Just as the name gives ...
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  • God Bless America!

    || 12-Oct-2013

    Some things are just too coincidental to actually be coincidental and we can find the connection if we look hard enough. In " From mere coincidences to meaningful discoveries," Thomas L. Griffiths and Joshua B. Tenenbaum said, "By attending to coincidences, we have the opportunity to discover that our beliefs are false, and to develop more accurate theories. Our sensitivity to ...
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  • Guardianship

    || 18-Jul-2013

    There are certain circumstances in which someone other than a child's parent might obtain legal and physical custody over a child—or in other words, obtain guardianship of the child. This means that this adult will care for the child just as a parent would, provide all of the child's everyday necessities (such as shelter, food and clothing) and make important decisions concerning the ...
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