Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator

January 2019 Archives

4 ways to encourage a positive co-parenting relationship

Co-parenting enables parents to continue to work together to raise the children even after they are divorced. One of the most important things that you need to do right away is get the parenting plan together. This sets the standard for what is going to happen for the duration of the child's time at home.

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A qualified domestic relations order (QRDO) is the method through which a retirement plan is divided in the event of a divorce. It provides the terms in which a retirement plan administrator should divide and pay plan proceeds. It is a separate order from the divorce agreement itself.

What will happen at a mediation?

Parties who are going into a divorce mediation can be understandably nervous. They don't know what to expect or how the process goes. Many probably envision themselves shut in a conference room and forced to hash out every good, bad, and ugly detail face-to-face, in front of a room full of people. That thought is enough to give anyone anxiety. However, thankfully, it does not reflect how mediation works.

The family business: To divide, or not to divide

It is quite easy to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of starting a new family business when your marriage is going great, the kids are happy, you are financially secure and the two of you just bought your new dream home.

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