Index: Strategies for High Conflict Divorce and Custody Cases

Rocking the Relationship Boat
July 7th, 2011

With a month left to go before she graduated from the police academy in Florida, Kelly Rothwell, 35 was moving forward to a new chapter in her life.  Her plans included ending a volatile relationship with her dangerous boyfriend of over 3 years. The boyfriend controlled and monitored her cell phone and computer activity.  When she was out of his radar, the

Understanding the Benefits of Mediation in Divorce – Part II
February 8th, 2011

A mediator does not represent either party. Rather, a mediator creates a cooperative environment when both you and your spouse can work together to reach an agreement on the terms of your divorce. Both you and your spouse have the right to also consult individually with an attorney during this process. Once the agreement is reached, the mediator will write up the

Understanding the Benefits of Mediation in Divorce – Part I
January 5th, 2011

It is the New Year and you are weighing your options to file for a divorce.  I suggest a less costly and time consuming alternative is to hire a mediator. What is a mediator? It is a neutral person. They do not take sides and they are not there to be your marriage therapist. Their goal is to assist you by removing the drama and tension often associated with a

Keep the Turkey on the Table
November 29th, 2010

It is the holidays and you were sure that your relationship would last until the end of time, but it did not sustain.  However, those emotions still tied to the person remain, and you are teetering after that warm and fuzzy holiday text message or phone call you just received.  You have all but wiped away the memory of the last time you were together.

Caution: Relationship Lane Changes – Part 2
November 17th, 2010

Last month's article ( ) began the story of Susan Powell, a married stockbroker and devoted mother to two young sons. Over time, Susan's husband Josh became more and more controlling.  Their marriage deteriorated. At this point in a relationship, many abusers begin to formulate a plan

Caution: Relationship Lane Changes – Part 1
October 20th, 2010

Susan Powell was a stockbroker, a devoted mother to two young sons, married to Josh. As a stockbroker, she brought home a larger paycheck than her husband.  As time passed in their marriage, Josh reportedly turned controlling. He insisted Susan tell him what she was doing when not under his radar. Josh probably demanded she tell him how much she spent—on herself

When a Divorce is Unexpected
September 28th, 2010

You are now in a position where all your decisions will most assuredly impact your future.  You must think logically and strategically while going through this period.  If you feel you don’t know which way to turn and need advice, you may want to consult a relationship strategist or divorce planning expert before you take the first steps and consult an attorney.