June

Blog Posts in June, 2015

  • 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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