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The Dischargeability Of Money Judgements Versus Property Interests In Arbitration Awards For Domestic Contributions In The Context Of Unmarried Couples, Gabriella Hansen Jan 2023

The Dischargeability Of Money Judgements Versus Property Interests In Arbitration Awards For Domestic Contributions In The Context Of Unmarried Couples, Gabriella Hansen

Bankruptcy Research Library

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A debt which arises prior to the filing of the petition for discharge in bankruptcy is dischargeable unless it can be categorized as one of the statutory exceptions to discharge listed in section 523(a) of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). Section 523(a)(5) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits the discharge of awards of domestic support due to a debtor’s spouse, former spouse, or child. Accordingly, maintenance, alimony, and child support, often awarded in divorce proceedings, fall under the federal bankruptcy law statutory exceptions to discharge for domestic support obligations.

When an unmarried couple separates and …


Divorcing Partners And Fighting Siblings: Using The Collaborative Law Model To Resolve Disputes In Family Businesses, Hayley R. Goodman Dec 2021

Divorcing Partners And Fighting Siblings: Using The Collaborative Law Model To Resolve Disputes In Family Businesses, Hayley R. Goodman

University of Miami Business Law Review

This paper focuses on the ways that collaborative law can be used to resolve family business disputes. Such disputes can get ugly and leave families and businesses in shambles after years of fighting and even litigation. Such disputes can involve those between divorcing partners, parents and children, extended family members, and new and ex partners. Sometimes, these disputes cannot be resolved, forcing family members to sell all or part of the company. Moreover, when families try to resolve disputes through litigation, they end up spending a lot of money. Mediation is often used to resolve disputes in the family business …


The Elimination Of Child “Custody” Litigation: Using Business Branding Techniques To Transform Social Behavior, Elena B. Langan Feb 2018

The Elimination Of Child “Custody” Litigation: Using Business Branding Techniques To Transform Social Behavior, Elena B. Langan

Elena B. Langan

This article discusses how rebranding principles, already being used to alter social behavior in other non-consumer contexts, could be utilized to accomplish the legislative goal to reduce litigation as well as diminish animosity in custody cases. Part II of this article discusses the impetus for a transformation in the way parents view custody disputes. Part III discusses basic branding principles and how companies establish a brand and can successfully change their branding. Part IV explores the evolution of the current custody brand, identifies eight states that have eliminated “custody” and, in some cases, “visitation” from their vernacular, and discusses, in …


Mediating Towards Forgiveness & Family Reconciliation In Divorce; Select Issues In Dispute Resolution: Apology & Forgiveness, Selina J. Shultz Oct 2017

Mediating Towards Forgiveness & Family Reconciliation In Divorce; Select Issues In Dispute Resolution: Apology & Forgiveness, Selina J. Shultz

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This paper examines the importance of forgiveness and the rebuilding of trust in the reconciliation of the family during and after a divorce, and contemplates the mediator’s role in leading the parties in this direction.


Does Mediation Systematically Disadvantage Women?, Margaret F. Brinig Sep 2016

Does Mediation Systematically Disadvantage Women?, Margaret F. Brinig

Margaret F Brinig

No abstract provided.


A Consideration Of Alternatives To Divorce Litigation, Thomas E. Carbonneau Apr 2016

A Consideration Of Alternatives To Divorce Litigation, Thomas E. Carbonneau

Thomas Carbonneau

This article argues for the need to inform divorce proceedings with a sense of the human reality of matrimonial breakdown. Part one assesses the adequacy of the existing adjudicatory approach to divorce by focusing upon the hiatus between the legal approach to divorce and the emotional content of divorce disputes. Part two lays the foundation for constructive change, providing a statistical portrait of divorce in contemporary America. Part four discusses mediation and suggests that it is a more viable alternative mechanism to divorce litigation. Part five discusses the implementation of a judicial arbitration structure.


The Elimination Of Child “Custody” Litigation: Using Business Branding Techniques To Transform Social Behavior, Elena B. Langan Apr 2016

The Elimination Of Child “Custody” Litigation: Using Business Branding Techniques To Transform Social Behavior, Elena B. Langan

Pace Law Review

This article discusses how rebranding principles, already being used to alter social behavior in other non-consumer contexts, could be utilized to accomplish the legislative goal to reduce litigation as well as diminish animosity in custody cases. Part II of this article discusses the impetus for a transformation in the way parents view custody disputes. Part III discusses basic branding principles and how companies establish a brand and can successfully change their branding. Part IV explores the evolution of the current custody brand, identifies eight states that have eliminated “custody” and, in some cases, “visitation” from their vernacular, and discusses, in …


Reflections On "Innovations In Family Dispute Resolution", Deborah Thompson Eisenberg Jan 2016

Reflections On "Innovations In Family Dispute Resolution", Deborah Thompson Eisenberg

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Divorce Involving Domestic Violence: Is Med-Arb Likely To Be The Solution?, Dafna Lavi Sep 2014

Divorce Involving Domestic Violence: Is Med-Arb Likely To Be The Solution?, Dafna Lavi

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

After an introduction in chapter one, the second chapter of this article presents statistics regarding the phenomenon of domestic violence and presents the definition of “violence” (with its attendant difficulties). The third chapter presents the existing problems regarding the judicial handling of divorce cases in general and those involving violence in particular. The fourth chapter analyzes the academic discourse regarding the issue of mediation of divorce cases involving violence (the position of the proponents and the opponents, as well as the problems of the current situation). The fifth chapter proposes med-arb as addressing the issue of divorce mediation in the …


Facilitating Forgiveness And Reconciliation In “Good Enough” Marriages, Solangel Maldonado Feb 2014

Facilitating Forgiveness And Reconciliation In “Good Enough” Marriages, Solangel Maldonado

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The article offers information on the long-term effects of divorce on children and parents under the analysis of the social science literatures. It informs that the U.S. Courts should encourage reconciliation between low-discord parents which in turn would help to save their marriage and protect their children from negative psychological effects of their divorce.


Bargaining In The Shadow Of The Best-Interests Standard: The Close Connection Between Substance And Process In Resolving Divorce-Related Parenting Disputes, Jana B. Singer Jan 2014

Bargaining In The Shadow Of The Best-Interests Standard: The Close Connection Between Substance And Process In Resolving Divorce-Related Parenting Disputes, Jana B. Singer

Faculty Scholarship

This essay, written for a Symposium celebrating the child custody scholarship of Professor Robert Mnookin, examines the close connection between changes in substantive child custody doctrine and changes in custody dispute resolution processes over the past 30 years. Part I of the article explores how the widespread adoption of an unmediated “best interest of the child” standard, and the ensuing rejection of the sole custody paradigm, precipitated a shift from adversarial to non-adversarial resolution of divorce-related parenting disputes. Part II of the essay reverses the direction of the analytic lens and considers how the shift from adversarial to non-adversarial dispute …


Bargaining In The Shadow Of The Best-Interests Standard: The Close Connection Between Substance And Process In Resolving Divorce-Related Parenting Disputes, Jana B. Singer Sep 2013

Bargaining In The Shadow Of The Best-Interests Standard: The Close Connection Between Substance And Process In Resolving Divorce-Related Parenting Disputes, Jana B. Singer

Jana B. Singer

This essay, written for a Symposium celebrating the child custody scholarship of Professor Robert Mnookin, examines the close connection between changes in substantive child custody doctrine and changes in custody dispute resolution processes over the past 30 years. Part I of the article explores how the widespread adoption of an unmediated “best interest of the child” standard, and the ensuing rejection of the sole custody paradigm, precipitated a shift from adversarial to non-adversarial resolution of divorce-related parenting disputes. Part II of the essay reverses the direction of the analytic lens and considers how the shift from adversarial to non-adversarial dispute …


Mediating The Religious Upbringing Issue In Divorce Cases, Katheryn M. Dutenhaver Feb 2013

Mediating The Religious Upbringing Issue In Divorce Cases, Katheryn M. Dutenhaver

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The article presents information on the family dispute resolution based on divorce cases based on religion. The judicial orders in different jurisdictions related to custodial parent are considered. The difficulty facing the judges while deciding the remedies and the need of designing stand-alone dispute resolution system is discussed. The techniques utilized by the mediators in solving such disputes are also discussed.


How To Give The Dog A Home: Using Mediation To Solve Companion Animal Custody Disputes, Emily Franklin Feb 2013

How To Give The Dog A Home: Using Mediation To Solve Companion Animal Custody Disputes, Emily Franklin

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The article presents information on the domestication of dogs with respect to the resolution of the custody disputes of the animals and the method of mediation for the solving the disputes of companion animals in the U.S. Companion animals are considered as the essential part of the family in the country. Information on the requirement of mediation with respect to the animal law and the family law of the U.S. is also presented.


The Collaborative Law Process For Prenuptial Agreements, Donna Beck Weaver Mar 2012

The Collaborative Law Process For Prenuptial Agreements, Donna Beck Weaver

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This article posits that the prevailing adversarial model for negotiating prenuptial agreements deters many from considering them, and limits the benefits that might otherwise be achieved for couples by prenuptial planning. This article posits that the collaborative law process offers an effective method for developing prenuptial agreements, one that is far better suited to the needs of persons who are about to marry than the traditional model. This article concludes that the standard of care for prenuptial agreements should mandate the use of the collaborative process for most cases.


Collaborative Family Law, Pauline H. Tesler Mar 2012

Collaborative Family Law, Pauline H. Tesler

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

Collaborative Law appears to meet significant needs both among family law clients and among the lawyers who assist them through divorce. As will be discussed more fully below, clients appear to want the advantages of a contained, settlement-oriented, creative, private, respectful process without sacrificing the benefits of having a committed legal advocate at their sides. For that reason Collaborative Law appeals to clients who may hesitate to commit to a dispute resolution process facilitated solely by a neutral mediator. And, while many family lawyers suffer considerable professional angst as a consequence of their awareness that family law courts are neither …


For Heaven's Sake, Give The Child A Voice: An Adr Approach To Interfaith Child Custody Disputes , Charlee Lane Feb 2012

For Heaven's Sake, Give The Child A Voice: An Adr Approach To Interfaith Child Custody Disputes , Charlee Lane

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

There has been ample study devoted to the problems that arise when courts are faced with custody disputes intertwined with issues of religion. Unfortunately, many of those studies conclude without proposing an effective solution or by suggesting an alternative without defining what that alternative might be. A solution must be employed that allows religious consideration in a forum more suitable to facilitating a resolution in the complete best interest of the child and parents. Mediation provides this forum by facilitating a negotiation in which parents are allowed to develop their own collaborative solutions to interfaith child custody disputes. Through techniques …


The Revolution In Family Law Dispute Resolution, John M. Lande Jan 2012

The Revolution In Family Law Dispute Resolution, John M. Lande

Faculty Publications

This article surveys a wide range of procedures that divorcing parties now use, including self-representation. Lawyers sometimes provide “unbundled” legal services to help parties who want to divide responsibilities for legal tasks between themselves and their lawyers. Parties often use mediation, arbitration, and private judging. Norms for lawyers’ professional roles have emphasized the importance of cooperation and some lawyers offer “planned early negotiation” processes such as Collaborative and Cooperative Law. Family courts engage in a wide range of activities beyond traditional litigation and adjudication. Many courts manage or mandate parent education and services related to domestic violence. Courts regularly appoint …


Community Based Divorce Education Programmes: Short-Term And Longer-Term Impacts, Sherrill Hayes, Lori Pelletier Nov 2009

Community Based Divorce Education Programmes: Short-Term And Longer-Term Impacts, Sherrill Hayes, Lori Pelletier

Faculty and Research Publications

Surveys of mandatory parent education in the USA (M J Geasler and K R Blaisure, ‘A review of divorce education programme materials’ (1998) 47 Family Relations 167–175; M J Geasler and K R Blaisure, ‘1998 Nationwide survey of court-connected divorce education programmes’ (1999) 37 Family and Conciliation Courts Review 36–63; S L Pollet and M Lombreglia, ‘A nationwide survey of mandatory parent education’ (2008) 46(2) Family Court Review 375–394) have demonstrated the positive impact of well-designed, evidence-based programmes on children and families. Divorce education programmes for parents are now required in many jurisdictions in 46 states in the USA (Pollet …


Community Based Divorce Education Programmes: Short-Term And Longer-Term Impacts, Sherrill W. Hayes, Lori Pelletier Oct 2009

Community Based Divorce Education Programmes: Short-Term And Longer-Term Impacts, Sherrill W. Hayes, Lori Pelletier

Sherrill W. Hayes

Surveys of mandatory parent education in the USA (M J Geasler and K R Blaisure, ‘A review of divorce education programme materials’ (1998) 47 Family Relations 167–175; M J Geasler and K R Blaisure, ‘1998 Nationwide survey of court-connected divorce education programmes’ (1999) 37 Family and Conciliation Courts Review 36–63; S L Pollet and M Lombreglia, ‘A nationwide survey of mandatory parent education’ (2008) 46(2) Family Court Review 375–394) have demonstrated the positive impact of well-designed, evidence-based programmes on children and families. Divorce education programmes for parents are now required in many jurisdictions in 46 states in the USA (Pollet …


Collaborative Family Law, The New Lawyer, And Deep Resolution Of Divorce-Related Conflicts, Pauline H. Tesler Jan 2008

Collaborative Family Law, The New Lawyer, And Deep Resolution Of Divorce-Related Conflicts, Pauline H. Tesler

Journal of Dispute Resolution

Unlike many of the contributions to this Symposium issue, mine is a speculative, idiosyncratic opinion piece. I want to explore what we know, what we think we know, what we do not know, and what we need to know about Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary team Collaborative Divorce Practice as they presently exist in the field of family law, in two respects: what these processes offer to clients (the "deep resolution" part of my title) and what effect the practice of these processes has on lawyers (the "new lawyer" part of my title). Instead of citing to authority, this essay draws …


Kramer Vs. Kramer Revisited: A Comment On The Miller Commission Report And The Obligation Of Divorce Lawyers For Parents To Discuss Alternative Dispute Resolution With Their Clients, Andrew Schepard Jun 2007

Kramer Vs. Kramer Revisited: A Comment On The Miller Commission Report And The Obligation Of Divorce Lawyers For Parents To Discuss Alternative Dispute Resolution With Their Clients, Andrew Schepard

Pace Law Review

No abstract provided.


Parenting Coordination: Resolving High Conflict Parenting Disputes In The Usa, Sherrill W. Hayes Dec 2006

Parenting Coordination: Resolving High Conflict Parenting Disputes In The Usa, Sherrill W. Hayes

Sherrill W. Hayes

Research has demonstrated the significant negative impact of ongoing inter-parental conflict on children (PR Amato, ‘The Consequences of Divorce for Adults and Children’ (2000) 62(4) Journal of Marriage and the Family 1269; B Rodgers and J Pryor, Divorce and separation: The outcomes for children (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1998); J Wallerstein and S Blakeslee, The unexpected legacy of divorce (Hyperion, 2000)). In addition to the harm they may be causing their children, ‘high conflict’ separated and divorced parents have frustrated attorneys and created additional workloads for the courts. In reaction to these issues, courts and state legislatures have often turned to …


Pilot Study On Marital Power As An Influence In Division Of Pension Benefits At Divorce Of Long Term Marriages, A, Joan M. Krauskopf, Sharon Burgess Seiling Jan 1996

Pilot Study On Marital Power As An Influence In Division Of Pension Benefits At Divorce Of Long Term Marriages, A, Joan M. Krauskopf, Sharon Burgess Seiling

Journal of Dispute Resolution

The Hewlett Foundation on Dispute Resolution funded a small pilot project designed by the authors to explore whether the hypothesis might be true and to determine a methodology for more extensive research. This article explains the applicable law, aspects of power in negotiation, the research methodology, and the tentative findings from the project.


Does Mediation Systematically Disadvantage Women?, Margaret F. Brinig Jan 1995

Does Mediation Systematically Disadvantage Women?, Margaret F. Brinig

Journal Articles

When state legislatures enabled spouses to obtain divorces without proving fault, one of the real achievements was lower transaction costs. Although the benefit of lower transaction costs for divorce is not completely noncontroversial, the relaxed proof requirements mean that lawyers do not necessarily have to be involved in divorce proceedings. The vast majority of marriage dissolutions involve written agreements between the parties. No-fault divorce also energized the divorce mediation movement.

Mediation is the least intrusive form of third-party involvement in a dispute. Whereas a judge or arbitrator imposes an outcome on the disputants, the mediator assists the parties in reaching …


Promise And Problems In Divorce Mediation, Steven T. Knuppel Jan 1991

Promise And Problems In Divorce Mediation, Steven T. Knuppel

Journal of Dispute Resolution

In the past two decades, mediation in general has gained increasing acceptance in the legal community.' "[T]he search for alternative methods of resolving disputes has burgeoned to 'a movement'."2 In the divorce context, particularly, mediation has been seen by some as a more suitable process than the adversary system. 3 Proponents of mediation assert that the adversary system involves debilitating expense, frustrating delay, 4 and fails to address the emotional needs of the parties.5 Adversarial tactics often aggravate rather than resolve spousal differences, 6 though an amicable settlement might be in the best interests of both parties, especially when there …


The Problem Of Selecting A Valuation Date For Property Subject To Equitable Distribution In New York Jan 1988

The Problem Of Selecting A Valuation Date For Property Subject To Equitable Distribution In New York

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


Book Review , Nanette K. Laughrey Jan 1988

Book Review , Nanette K. Laughrey

Journal of Dispute Resolution

As the practice of divorce mediation continues to grow, more and more professionals need training and literature to develop skills and perspective. A welcome addition to their libraries will be Divorce Mediation: Theory and Practice, edited by Jay Folberg and Ann Milne. In the preface, the editors explain that the purpose of the book is to examine divorce mediation from an interdisciplinary perspective. They achieve this goal with a series of articles written by professionals from such diverse fields as anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, and social work. Each article examines a different aspect of divorce mediation and provides the special …


A Consideration Of Alternatives To Divorce Litigation, Thomas E. Carbonneau Jan 1986

A Consideration Of Alternatives To Divorce Litigation, Thomas E. Carbonneau

Journal Articles

This article argues for the need to inform divorce proceedings with a sense of the human reality of matrimonial breakdown. Part one assesses the adequacy of the existing adjudicatory approach to divorce by focusing upon the hiatus between the legal approach to divorce and the emotional content of divorce disputes. Part two lays the foundation for constructive change, providing a statistical portrait of divorce in contemporary America. Part four discusses mediation and suggests that it is a more viable alternative mechanism to divorce litigation. Part five discusses the implementation of a judicial arbitration structure.


Divorce Bargaining: The Limits On Private Ordering, Robert H. Mnookin Jun 1985

Divorce Bargaining: The Limits On Private Ordering, Robert H. Mnookin

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

In an article published in the Yale Law Journal, I suggested an alternative perspective for family law scholars concerned with divorce. It emphasized negotiation, not adjudication; private ordering, not regulation. This change in emphasis seemed timely, if not overdue. Available evidence has long shown that the overwhelming majority of divorcing couples resolve the distributional questions concerning marital property, alimony, child support, and custody without bringing any contested issue to court for adjudication. Therefore, the primary impact of the legal system falls not on the small number of contested cases, but instead on the far greater number of divorcing couples …