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5 Reasons Why Selling Your Home After Divorce is a Good Idea

Divorce is not an ending, but rather the beginning.  Divorce is a fresh start. Your environment can be a symbol and reminder of a toxic relationship or difficult time.  Changing that environment helps in breaking bad habits and creating good ones.  According to James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, ( “if your environment doesn’t change, Read More

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When compromise gains you leverage

I am a firm believer in mediation and collaboration to resolve disputes.  This is particularly true in divorce cases.  However, a willingness to work together, doesn’t mean you compromise on every point.  This is what causes friction in family law.  There are some points that people believe are non-negotiable.  There is a middle ground between Read More

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Should I get a pre-nup?

Yes, you should.  According the the three most popular days to get engaged are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  The ‘proposal season’ as defined by is from November to February.  Whether it’s the holiday spirit that moves people to get engaged or something else, the time is now. The big Read More

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How much does a divorce cost in Rhode Island?

The cost of your divorce is a function of how contested your divorce is.  Filing and service fees alone are about $200.  If there are no disputes about child custody, child support, visitation, alimony or the division of assets, then your divorce could cost as little as $1,500.  In the simplest of cases, there are Read More

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What is mediation?

  Mediation is a choice.  Mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation.  A neutral third party will assist you in crafting a divorce judgement which works for you. It is YOUR choice.  Mediation empowers you to take control of the dissolution of your marriage.  Mediation is a better economic alternative to divorce litigation.  In mediation, Read More

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Can I mediate child support payments?

I am a firm believer in mediation.  Just about every dispute can be resolved through effective mediation.  Divorce mediation is no different.  Within most divorce mediations, we have a bunch of mini mediations.  For example, divorcing couples need to come to agreement on the sale of a home, child visitation schedules, division of personal property, Read More

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Is there a way I can be guaranteed not to get divorced?

Yes.  Don’t get married.  The statistics are sobering.  Some 50% of first marriages end in divorce.  67% of second marriages end in divorce.  The third time isn’t the charm, as rates for divorce in third marriage are no better. 100% of divorces start with marriage.  If you want to avoid divorce, just don’t do it. Read More

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Do I need a lawyer or mediator to handle my divorce?

Often, I am presented with the question, do I need to have a lawyer in my divorce?  Can I represent myself?  Or, why do I need to use a mediator?  My spouse and I can work these issues out ourselves.  Well, quite frankly, if you could just work it out with your spouse, you probably Read More

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A fresh start after divorce can include being a ‘First-Time Home Buyer’ again.

A significant percentage of our divorce clients had purchased their first home when they married.  As part of the dissolution, that first home was sold, or the client took a buyout from their former spouse.  Fast forward a few years and the client has re-built their financial foundation and wants to move from renting (or Read More

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Attorney Shawn M. Masterson succeeds in the First Circuit Court of Appeals

“The aphorist tells us that hope springs eternal, but litigation based on hope alone should not be allowed to proceed eternally.” SDM Law Group successfully represents its client in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Relying on the brief written by Attorney Shawn M. Masterson, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of Read More

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