Marriage, Divorce and New Beginnings Blog
Life and Relationships From the Viewpoint of a Divorce Attorney
Posted on Jan 23, 2012 By Tejal Patel
At the end of a final divorce mediation session, usually it's a bitter-sweet good-bye. After weeks and months of working together to reach an amicable divorce settlement, we have grown a little ...
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Posted on Jan 16, 2012 By Tejal Patel
I wanted to share an informative article I found on how parents can logistially handle drop-offs and pick-up of children after the divorce. Handovers are the physical and logistical process when ...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2012 By Tejal Patel
For quite some time I've been a weekly e-mail subscriber to Tiny Buddha. This is a wonderful site dedicated to providing simple wisdom in the form of blogs, articles and quotes relating to how we ...
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Posted on Jan 9, 2012 By Tejal Patel
I am an enthusiastic and strong advocate of low-conflict divorces and co-parenting, as it is always the best choice when a divorce involves children. I've found that most parents will do anything ...
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Posted on Jan 2, 2012 By Tejal Patel
My father recently gave me an excerpt titled "12 Golden Rules for Raising Children" from Ann Landers book "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee". My father is in now in 60's and my ...
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Mexico City Trys Implementing Marriage Contracts to Reduce Divorces
Posted on Dec 26, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Back in September, I first hear about Mexico lawmakers proposed a new law that could drastically reduce the number of contested divorce filings. According to news reports, reftists in Mexico ...
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Are Legal Arguments the Best Way To Handle Conflict?
Posted on Dec 21, 2011 By Tejal Patel
At a young age my parents knew I was going to be a lawyer. I don't know what exactly tipped them off. It could have been my passion for reading, my stubborness for never taking "No" for ...
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 By Tejal Patel
I recently came across this blog by divorce coach Annie O'Neill called Life After Divorce: New Horizons . The blog had some very inciteful and informative quotes so I wanted to share a particular ...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Any parent who is contemplating a divorce should put the rights of their children first. I meet with many couples who deeply care about protecting their children from the trauma of divorce. That is ...
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Giving and Receiving with Warmth and Graciousness
Posted on Dec 7, 2011 By Tejal Patel
“Appreciation is an excellent thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well.” ~Voltaire With the holidays just around the corner, we are in a rush to find the perfect ...
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Become Less Reactive and More Responsive
Posted on Dec 5, 2011 By Tejal Patel
This morning I was doing my daily dose of spiritual and uplifting reading before I started my day. I generally pick up any one of my books to get me into a positive, calm and centered state of mind. ...
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Posted on Nov 28, 2011 By Tejal Patel
I always have clients who say to me why is it so easy to get married. You can go down to City Hall and boom your married. But when it comes to getting a divorce, its a difficult process where you have ...
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Welcome to Our New Blog - Marriage, Divorce and New Beginnings!
Posted on Nov 28, 2011 By Tejal Patel
I've been a divorce lawyer in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and believe it or not, I enjoy my job very much. It's not that I like divorces. I don't like divorce any more than a ...
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Posted on Oct 4, 2011 By Tejal Patel
The notion of having a healthy divorce seems impossible to most people. The reasoning behing that is because our media portrays the unhelathy divorced famlies in our society. They are the ones that ...
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Posted on Sep 27, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Dating after divorce- the thought and words fill some divorced parents with dread. The idea of getting back into the dating scene after being married is intimidating and frightening. At some point, ...
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Posted on Aug 9, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Many divorcing couples forget to realize that even though they are ending their marriage, they will never fully be able to get rid of that other person from their lives if they have children together. ...
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Posted on Aug 3, 2011 By Tejal Patel
We have heard or experienced the devastating effects of divorce- financial hardship, emotional distress, stress, and more. The most important effect is the pain it causes to children. Children of ...
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Posted on Jul 27, 2011 By Tejal Patel
This is an older article I came across, but the information is timeless. No relationship is perfect- couples, parents, co-workers, friends etc. These are some tips for couples to fight more fair. It ...
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Your Fight Style Can Lead to Divorce- What is your Fight Style?
Posted on Jul 21, 2011 By Tejal Patel
An article in the Chicago Tribune discusses the recent study at the University of Michigan that theorizes it’s not so much the fighting in a marriage that can lead to divorce, but the fight style. ...
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10 Steps to a Successful Divorce- From Your Child's Point of View
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Divorce has lasting effects to children of any age. It's not so much the act of divorce, it is how parents treat each other during and after divorce which has a negative impact on children. Divorcing ...
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Rules for Couples on "Friendly Fighting"
Posted on Jul 5, 2011 By Tejal Patel
There is not a single couple who agrees with everything their significant other believes. A healthy relationship requires knowing the skills necessary for "friendly fighting"- dealing with ...
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5 Great Books on Divorce Mediation
Posted on Jun 29, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Have you heard about Divorce Mediation as a superior alternative to litigation? Are you unsure how to proceed with mediation? Or you wish there was a divorce process that is less expensive and more ...
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Will a Mediated Divorce Work if You are Angry at Your Spouse?
Posted on Jun 21, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Most couples who choose an amicable divorce process, may still find the process challenging. Strong emotions are too be expected regardless of the divorce method chosen. Usually, there is some level ...
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How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce
Posted on Jun 13, 2011 By Tejal Patel
My eagerness to educate the public about peaceful divorce resolution and help couples reach an amicable agreement is mainly because of my passion to protect children from the painful effect of ...
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Peaceful Divorce- An Idea Whose Time IS NOW!
Posted on Jun 5, 2011 By Tejal Patel
Many people who are unhappy in their marriage want a divorce but fear the unknown and do not take that drastic step. If you are contemplating a divorce, I urge you to watch an episode of divorce ...
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