Blog Posts in September, 2015

  • Litigation Is One of Life's Most Stressful Experiences

    || 13-Sep-2015

    On September 13, 2015, I received an email that said in pertinent part the following: "The big stress items in life are often listed as marriage, divorce, birth, death, and moving. Litigation should be included. Wow. You can 'know' it, but until you live it you can never really 'know' it." Truer words have never been spoken, as they say. Litigation is such a costly ...
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  • " A legendary hostage negotiator put feelings first... Feelings can cloud our judgment." IMAGINE THAT! “The very good negotiators, I think, are the ones with the life stories,” he concluded." SURPRISE! An "empathetic negotiating style" enables tapping into another's "life experiences." WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? You should "deal with emotions ...
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  • "Mediation" as an "Alternative Form of Litigation"

    || 12-Sep-2015

    Last night, someone was telling us that she "mediated" her divorce many years ago and that her ex-husband failed to comply with the "mediated" agreement. I then told her that I found that odd because the research is very clear that when people enter into agreements in mediation through self-determination, the compliance rate is significantly higher than when people are ordered ...
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  • Family Law Cases Are the Vampires of the Legal Field

    || 10-Sep-2015

    On May 27, 2015, I attended the Beverly Hills Bar Association's monthly Family Law Section meeting. The topic on that date was "Post-Judgment Spousal Support: Creating Predictability on an Unpredictable Issue." One of the presenters, the Honorable Robert A. Schnider (Retired), commented that family law cases are considered the vampires of the legal field because the cases never die. ...
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  • On August 31, 2015, the United States Supreme Court " ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses." Let's decipher what occurred: The full U.S. Supreme Court denied the stay without comment. Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk's request for "asylum for her conscience" that was filed by her lawyers with the Liberty ...
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