Laurie Israel

Are California Divorce Laws Bad for Marital Health?

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Divorce

Published in Huffington Post, 2/10/11.

In the US, every state has a different set of divorce laws about distributing assets between ex-husband and ex-wife.  So if you get divorced in California you may end up with a very different financial settlement than if you had divorced in Massachusetts.

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Laurie Israel

“Divorce Tourism” – American Style

February 14, 2011 by  
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In India, only one out of every hundred marriages fails.  But the divorce rate is rising, especially in big cities, due to changing lifestyles, urbanization, women’s economic independence, and growing prevalence of “western” attitudes towards marriage.  Though the divorce rate is low compared to most developed countries, it has reportedly doubled in the past five years.   At the same time, traditional Indian culture views divorce as shameful, and marital counseling is only just beginning to gain acceptance.

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Laurie Israel

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
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Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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Laurie Israel

Why “Contribution” is So Important to a Marriage

November 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Marriage

Recently, I was asked to present an evening workshop by an association of professional women on “How to Negotiate with your Spouse”. I was pleased and surprised that they invited a divorce lawyer to present on this topic (which I call, “How to Get Along with Your Spouse”), but it actually makes great sense. Who but a divorce lawyer is in a great position to see what happens when a couple cannot get along.

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