Hi, my name is Tim Colgan. I’m a divorce andcustody mediator with Colgan and Associates. Parties that I work with inmediation often ask me how can we be prepared to begin our mediation processso that we make the most efficient use of our time. Here are a coupleof things that you can do in preparing for mediation to help you. First, begin to compile and gather as muchfinancial information as you can. You’re going to need information regardingbank statements, retirement accounts, the value of your home,the balance owed on your
mortgage, any debts that you might have, anyother assets of any value. That information is going to be very helpfuland informative to both of you as you move through the mediation processand will help the mediator understand who the two of you are and theissues that you need to address. Second, if you can, begin thinking about yourforward looking needs and interests. Mediation is a process that allowsparties to begin thinking about where they want to be a year from now,five years from now, 10 years from now. In this process, you have the abilityto examine your own goals,
needs, and interests and in doing so evaluatethose goals, needs, and interests against possible options for resolution.In doing that, it’s a very powerful process that allows you to reallymake a very tailored and long lasting resolution for yourself. Finally, determine if there are any prioritytopics that you need to deal with during the first mediation session. Mediationis a great process because it allows the parties to control anddecide what issues they need to discuss first and foremost.
For instance, do you need to address a schedulefor the upcoming school year for your kids? Do you need to addresswho’s going to pay bills once you’re no longer living in the same home?If you give some thought ahead of time to any priority topics that need tobe addressed, the mediator will be able to hone in on those issues and beable to work with you first and foremost to be able to get resolution on thoseparticular topics. If you’d like more information about mediationor if you just want to give me a call to discuss any matter related tofamily law in general, property
division, child custody, or support, pleasegive us a call at 7175025000 or check out our website at cmlaw1 ..
Girl Removed From Foster Family Of Because Shes Native American
gt;gt; A SIXYEAROLD GIRL HAS BEENREMOVED FROM HER FOSTER HOME WHERE SHE LIVED FOR FOURYEARS BECAUSE SHE IS 1/64 NATIVE AMERICAN. RUSTY AND SUMMER PAGE OF SANTACLARITA, CALIFORNIA HAVE FOUGHT TO GAIN CUSTODY OFTHIS LITTLE GIRL. THE PAGE FAMILY HAVE FOUGHT TOKEEP HER AND FULLY ADOPT HER.
AND 2014 THEY WERE DEEMED ABLE TO ADOPTHER BUT THERE WAS A FAMILY THAT SHE WAS EXTENDED FAMILY WITH INUTAH THAT WANTED CUSTODY OF HER. THE FAMILY MADE AN ONLINEPETITION TO KEEP HER HOME. 40,000 PEOPLE SIGNED IT. DOZENS OF SUPPORTERS SURROUNDEDTHEIR HOME WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICESWAS GOING TO TAKE HER. WE ACTUALLY HAVE VIDEO OF THAT.WATCH.
gt;gt;STAY DOWN GUYS. STAY DOWN GUYS. gt;gt; IT IS ILLEGAL TO FILM HER.PLEASE STOP. gt;gt;I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU LEXI. gt;gt; THAT IS UTTERLYHEARTWRENCHING AND THE FAMILY IS STILL WORKINGTO GET HER BACK. IT’S JUST A REALLY SAD STORY. gt;gt; YOU CAN TELL IN THE VIDEOTHAT THEY ARE ANGRY ABOUT IT BEING TAPED. IT SHOWS HOWHEARTBREAKING IT IS.
IN THIS CASE, I WANT YOU TOBOTH FREAK OUT AND NOT FREAK OUT ATTHE SAME TIME. THE REASON THE LAW WAS PASSEDIN THE FIRST PLACE IS NOT BECAUSE OF POLITICALCORRECTNESS, IT WAS A REAL PROBLEM THEY HAD BACK THEN. IT WASN’T LIKE THE GOVERNMENTJUST DECIDED TO GO GET HER. SOMEBODY WANTED CUSTODY OF HER. THEY WERE FORCED TO LOOK ATTHE LAW AND ABIDE BY IT.
I DON’T THINK ANYONE CAME OUTAT THIS IN AN EVIL WAY. gt;gt; IT’S NOT JUST SOMEONE THOUGH,IT’S EXTENDED FAMILY WHO REALIZED A FEW YEARS AGO ANDIMMEDIATELY CAME OUT AND SAID THAT THEY WERE INTERESTEDIN ADOPTING HER. gt;gt; THAT IS A GREAT POINT THATTHE EXTENDED FAMILY ARE NOT BAD GUYS AS WELL. THEY WANTED TO TAKE CARE OFTHEIR FAMILY MEMBER, THE
CASE JUST TOOK SO LONG. gt;gt; I UNDERSTAND THAT. THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM ISSOMETHING THAT IS REALLY COMPLICATED. THEY CAN BE A GREAT WAY FOR KIDSTO HAVE A HOME WHERE THEY CAN BE HAPPY AND SAFE. IN THIS CASE, SHE WENT THROUGHTWO FOSTER HOMES PRIOR TO THE PAGE FAMILY.