Levine Family Law Group Congratulates Ashley Schuh on Harvard Mediation Certification


Press Release for November 17, 2014 Congratulations to one of our own, Ashley Schuh, who completed a rigorous mediation certification program at Harvard Law School in October! The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is the nation’s first legal clinic focusing on dispute systems design and conflict management.  The certification program has been expertly created to advance upper division students and enrolled professionals in the areas of negotiation, mediation, facilitated dialogue, stakeholder assessment, dispute systems evaluation and design, conflict analysis, and curriculum …
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Child Custody Recommending Counseling and Mediation: What’s the Difference?

Mediation Services

In a case involving children where the parties have not agreed on a parenting plan, the Family Law Court mandates that parents “mediate” prior to a hearing on the matter. Mediators have experience in counseling or psychotherapy and must have a master’s degree in a behavioral science related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships. Parents required to attend mediation include those who are involved in legal actions concerning parentage, divorce (with children), domestic partnership dissolution (with children) and domestic violence …
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Why mediate your legal matter?

Benefits of Mediation Privacy If you reach an agreement in mediation, you do not have to appear in front of a judge or walk into a public courtroom. Cost Even if you confer with an independent attorney during the process, the cost of Mediation is less than courtroom litigation. Control Decisions are made by the parties – not mandated by a Judge, evaluator or arbitrator. The parties determine the process, schedule and dates of appointments. Reduce Animosity Who wants more …
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Common California Divorce Questions

Divorce Law

At Levine Family Law Group, we find that many clients ask the same questions about California Divorces. They seem like simple questions, but sometimes it is difficult to find the right answer. We’ve done our best to answer some of the most common questions below. Will my divorce be automatically finalized in 6 months? No. Once your divorce is filed, you must have a third person serve the petition personally on your spouse. Your divorce may be finalized six months …
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Tips for Court Ordered Child Custody Mediation

What is child custody mediation? If you and your former partner are unable to agree on child custody and/or visitation issues, you both will be required to participate in mandatory child custody mediation. A skilled (at least a Master’s Degree and extensive clinical experience in the fields of psychology, marriage, family and child counseling) and trained mediator (locally termed “child custody recommending counselor”) will be assigned to your case. The objective of mediation is to give parents an opportunity to …
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