Author Archives: sheila1952

Loan Interest and Divorce Mediation

When people are trying to figure out if 1 person can afford to remain in a home, it is important to understand how the mortgage interest will affect income taxes. Continue reading

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Solving Family Money Fights

This Consumer Reports article shares a lot of helpful information about how families can solve financial problems.  The ideas certainly can be helpful for people who are separated and divorced who are trying to figure out how to handle debts, the … Continue reading

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Staycation or Vacation?

Summer planning is not typically the first issue separated or divorced parents want to resolve. More often the most pressing topic is where the children are going to be living during the year when the parents are working and the … Continue reading

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Mediation and Insurance Coverage

Sheila Russian recently attended Mediator Training sponsored by the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Sheila is certified by the Baltimore City Circuit Court to mediate civil cases. The speakers were John Bickerman and Rachel Ehrlich who focused on issues related to … Continue reading

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The Secret to Sibling Success

This NY Times Article (Sunday 2/5/17  Style Pg 5)  describe how the author’s relationships with her siblings  were strengthened  after their parent’s divorce. “Years ago my  younger brother and I attended the wedding of a childhood friend…We were ..joking with … Continue reading

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Retirement Planning

Retirement is an important issue to address in divorce mediation.  Frequently people have several kinds of retirement accounts–traditional IRA’s, SEP IRA’s, 403B’s, or pensions.  Some people are employed by small businesses or large corporations; others work for state or federal … Continue reading

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Adult Children and Divorce

  How do we tell the children? In the past this question was usually asked by parents of young children and teenagers. However, due to the increase of divorce by couples who are in their 50s and 60s, the children … Continue reading

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