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Family Law Firm Finds Women Are Taking Active Steps To Protect Children, Assets During Divorce

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

Nirenstein Ruotolo Group, P.L. C., one of Arizonas most prestigious family law firms, has found that more women are taking necessary steps to protect themselves, their children and their assets in case of divorce.

According to the National Vital Statistics Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control on March 31, 2006, over 18,660 Arizona marriages ended in divorce between January and September 2005, up slightly from previous years. As divorce rates continue to increase, women are becoming more actively involved in educating themselves about divorce and child and spousal support.

Women are more aware of protecting their rights during a divorce, said Alexander D. Nirenstein, NRGs managing member. Our job is to make sure our clients are educated and receive positive results in their cases.

NRG has consistently reached out to assist women in understanding their rights in a divorce. Fred Ruotolo, a founding partner of NRG, participated in the 2006 Arizona Familys Womens Expo. Ruotolo spoke to attending women about a range of topics related to family law and child custody.

The women in attendance at the Womens Expo inquired about an assortment of topics such as child custody, spousal support and property division, said Ruotolo. We were able to provide these women with empowering information, helping them make better decisions for their future and the future of their children.

NRG also hosts Arizonas source for blogging Web site information on family law. Arizona Family Law Blog is the definitive site for up-to-date information on cases that affect family law and divorce, interesting legal news from around the nation and in-depth answers to important family law questions. Visitors to http://www.azfamilylawblog.com can reply to any of the posted topics with questions or comments and receive responses from the lawyers at NRG.

About Nirenstein Ruotolo Group P.L.C.

Founded in 2003 by accomplished family law attorneys, NRG is a boutique family law firm that provides professional representation in Arizona divorce and family law litigation, mediation, appellate review and mental health and elder law services. NRG boasts nine experienced family law attorneys, two litigation analysts, four paralegals, and five support personnel. The firm represents many diverse clients, both in Arizona and nationally, and is one of the most-respected law firms in Arizona practicing divorce and family law exclusively. For additional information, please visit http://www.nrglaw.net.

For more information, contact:

Beth Glick (Crosby-Wright P.R.)(480) 367-1112


Children in Danger: The Terrifying X Factor in Family Law as Identified by Custody Calculations, a New Internet Web Site Company

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 2, 2006

A law enforcement officer for twenty-three years, Catherine MacWillie, Chief Executive Officer, of Custody Calculations, dealt daily with the issues pertaining to divorce and the family law court system. One of the more frightening results of the family law courts she came to witness was the ability of violent felons and convicted registered sexual offenders to receive unmonitored visitation, even obtain full custody of their children. Catherine identified the source of this loophole along with other revisions that should be made to the divorce process during the development of her company, Custody Calculations.

Catherine stated that it is her hope that the courts will implement the patented technology used in her new automated internet web site service to help the court recognize and rectify dangerous custody decisions that allow sexual predators to obtain custody of their children or have unmonitored visitation and other issues. She believes many of the changes that are needed in family law are simple and could occur now, today, without any change in the law. In some cases the reorganization of the court orders would be all that is needed. These small changes would have the added benefit of allowing families to recover faster from the divorce process than is now possible under the present system.

Ultimately these changes would also reduce the trauma, drama and devastation of divorce, minimize the number of valid court orders even provide for the use of such words as privacy and dignity in the divorce process. More immediate and pressing, these changes would act to protect and secure the safety of children.

Other changes would allow divorcing parties to control, for the first time who has what information and when during and after divorce just by reorganizing the court orders. By using the services developed by Custody Calculations, these changes and even more are now possible!

After spending many years on the front lines dealing with families, Catherine saw that the needs of families going through the divorce process were not being met. She sought answers. Research and development took ten years and included interviews both inside and outside the divorce process, business executives, judicial officers, and finance companies. She also reviewed issues related to workman’s compensation and interviewed hospital emergency room staff, evaluators, mediators, school administrators, families and children, police officers, detectives, including specialized and non specialized police units. During development, data and research was further pursued using books, tapes, video recordings and other periodicals and documents from the fields of psychology, parenting, social services, and even included statistics on bankruptcy and other related issues.

In the process of research, Custody Calculations, obtained a broader view of the true impact of family law on our entire social system. The company identified issues like the fact that twenty five percent of all crime in this country may be related to family law, including, homicides, suicides, abduction, kidnap, child abuse, domestic abuse, violation of court orders. Most of this has gone unnoticed by the general public and those within the family law court system.

So what is the loophole and how does it work? The current process of filing for divorce requires no submission of a criminal history. Why is this an issue? Many women have no knowledge of the background and/or criminal history of the men they marry or have children with something that became clear during interviews with specialized police units who deal with registered sexual offenders, rapists and pedophiles.

According to the detectives and officers interviewed these predators seek out – women with young children whom they can abuse, or they have children with women with the specific intent to rape and abuse these infants and children- even their own biological children! The woman with whom they live or those they marry do not have this information, therefore they are unable to provide it to the court during the divorce and custody process. Family law court needs this information as part of making an informed decision for the safety and welfare of the children.

While a majority of the time it is women who are victims of sexual predators, men would benefit from the submission of criminal history by the other party. Men marry women who have criminal backgrounds of which they are unaware of as well. While women are more often guilty of prostitution, drug, and alcohol arrests there are a very small number of women who are sexual predators or women who have been arrested for severe neglect or abuse of their children. Again without this information, the court cannot make an informed decision for the protection, safety and welfare of children.

While on the surface, this change would appear to be overwhelming and would require new legislation, it could be done with a minimum of effort and would ensure the safety of children protecting them from abusers which can hardly be argued against.

Criminal records, testimony or lack thereof, would be submitted by the parties at the onset of the divorce process without further costs or burden to the courts and would be notarized. Verification of the name, date of birth etc could be confirmed against the document. The information would become a part of the court record, to be filed and referred to with the rest of the necessary disclosures when determining custody.

To obtain additional information on this issue as well as all of the services of the Custody Calculations web site for attorneys, individuals, evaluators, mediators and others visit their promotion web site at http://www.custodycalculations.com or call them at 702-375-9389. Watch for their highly anticipated launch date of July 31, 2006.


Divorce Seen As Biggest Challenge to Stable American Family Life, New Survey Reveals

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2006

Americans point to divorce as the biggest challenge to stable family life today, outpacing other factors (1) such as same-sex or dual-career couples, according to a new survey, The Changing Shape of the American Family. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Martindale-Hubbells lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, the survey is featured in the November issue of Redbook.

Nearly nine in ten (88%) of U.S. adults say divorce has a negative impact on maintaining a stable American family life. In comparison, 53 percent feel that way about same-sex couples, and 50 percent say dual-career households negatively impact families. Virtually all U.S. adults (99 percent) acknowledge that families have changed over the past generation, and 70 percent say those changes have been for the worse.

Clearly, many Americans are anxious about the forces that threaten family. They’re struggling to understand all this change and what it means for their own personal choices, but they also feel a lot of compassion toward other families that make different choices–or don’t have a lot of choices, said Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook.

Family Law Confuses Majority of Americans

The unease that many U.S. adults feel about non-traditional family arrangements could be compounded by their lack of familiarity with legal concerns that affect families. The survey shows that 85 percent say they are somewhat or not at all knowledgeable about basic family law issues.

Nontraditional families are evolving faster than laws can keep up. Many people now need to take special care to ensure that their family, particularly if its not a traditional nuclear arrangement, is protected financially and legally, said Alan Kopit, legal editor of lawyers.com, the most comprehensive and trustworthy online resource for finding lawyers.

Among the documents Kopit recommends adults consider are wills, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and powers of attorney.

If you are a grandparent caring for grandkids, or if youre the primary caregiver to minor step-children, you likely have different legal rights and responsibilities than those raising kids in nuclear families, said Kopit. Its important to seek out legal information and counsel to ensure your family is protected.

Todays Typical American Family

The following data from the survey reveals the make-up of American families:

–One-half of all U.S. adults are currently living with a spouse or opposite-sex partner;

–Thirty-six percent of those married or living with a partner currently live with their biological children;

–Nearly one in five (19%) U.S. adults with at least one child in the household also have one non-immediate family member living there (such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent);

–Parental ties are strong: nearly half (45%) of single, never-married U.S. adults live with at least one biological parent; and

–Some Americans go solo: nearly one-in-five (17%) of all adult Americans live alone.

For more information about the survey, visit lawyers.com.

Survey Sample and Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, between August 16 and 23, 2006 among 1,092 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, household income, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents propensity to be online.

With a pure probability sample of 1,092, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of + / -4 percentage points. Sampling error for sub samples would be higher and would vary. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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Free Family Fishing Festival

Bethel, ME (PRWEB) April 15, 2007

The Upper Andro Anglers Alliance in co-operation with Trout Unlimited will host a free family fishing festival on Saturday, June 2 in Bethel, Maine. The festival will be held along the banks of the Androscoggin River at the big Adventure Center from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine.

Free casting workshops are set for the morning. Members of the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach the workshops. Instruction will follow the curriculum developed by Trout Unlimited’s “First Cast” program for Kids. Instruction will include both spin casting and fly casting. Maine’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program will supply complimentary rods and reels for use at the festival.

A “Kids Catch” to practice newly learned casting skills is scheduled from 11 am to 2 pm at the Big Adventure Covered Bridge Pond. The Kids All American Fishing Program and its sponsors Wal-Mart and Zebco will provide each young angler with a goodie bag containing a bobber, Eagle Claw fishing hook, Cutter insect repellent, Coppertone sunscreen, comic book and Fuji Film photo contest information.

In the afternoon, kids will learn how to tie flies. Materials will be provided by TU and will include alpaca fibers. The breeders from Sunday River Alpacas will show their yearling alpacas at the event. Every child will be able to take home a hand-tied fly.

Exhibitors include the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with a mobile unit information booth, the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program; Mainefishingtoday.com; and The Maine Conservation School of Bryant Pond, a camp facility for juniors and adults offering programs in Maine’s traditional outdoor activities.

From 10 am to 4 pm the Bethel Historical Society will be open to preview its summer Exhibit, “Great Water Road: The Androscoggin Story”. The exhibit of images and artifacts presents a picture of the 170 mile waterway as a transportation route for logs, source of nutrients for agriculture, waterpower for industry, subject for artists and photographers and destination for fishermen, canoeists and nature enthusiasts.

Families are welcome to bring a pack lunch. An outdoor barbecue and cold drinks will be available at the festival. All parents and kids registering for the event will be eligible for prizes including outdoor and fishing equipment from sponsors, local outfitters and businesses.

The weekend of June 2 and 3 is a free fishing weekend in Maine. Resident and Non-resident freshwater fishing licenses are waived each day. June 2 is the first day of National Fishing & Boating Week, a program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. RBFF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring the nation’s aquatic and natural resources.

The Bethel Family Fishing Festival is one many nationwide events that provide families with an opportunity to have fun on the water. For those families wishing to stay overnight and fish or canoe the Androscoggin River on Sunday, special family packages are available for the weekend at local lodging establishments. Reservations may be made through the Bethel Chamber of Commerce’s reservation service at 1-800-442-5826 or on line at http://www.bethelmaine.com .

For accomplished anglers, a Two-Fly Contest is set for Saturday and Sunday. Each angler may use only two flies to catch the three trout species in the Upper Androscoggin River. Prizes for the categories of total catches and largest fish include Orvis gear and a box of flies. Entry fees for this contest are $ 50 for adults and $ 25 for juniors 12 and under. A disposable camera will be provided to document catches.

For information on the Festival and Two-Fly Contest, contact the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at 1-877-275-3363 or on line at http://www.upperandro.com.

Bethel Family Fishing Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 2 – BIG Adventure Center, Route 2

8-9 am Registration for Two Fly Contest

Life Lynx, the Leader in Child Identification Products, Announces the Release of Life Lynx 360: Software Designed for Your Family

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) April 19, 2007

Life Lynx, the leader in child identification products, announces the release of Life Lynx 360. Life Lynx 360 is portable software that resides on a USB drive. Life Lynx 360 helps families be prepared by entering their critical information into the 360 software. Then, because it’s designed as a key chain, this information is always available to the owner using any standard Windows computer. Although it started out as a means to protect children, this latest version goes well beyond just a Child ID. This new version now expands the software to encompass everyday family needs. “There are no real organizational tools out there for parents,” says Eric Wilms, founder of Life Lynx. “Parents now have a real family tool.”

Because of the success of the first release called Life Lynx, which is an Electronic Child ID, Life Lynx took that huge customer base of parents and asked those parents what their daily needs are and how software could help them with those tasks. “Life Lynx 360 is software by parents, for parents,” said Wilms.

Life Lynx 360 will store detailed medical information and complete vaccination records. It has a “Friends” list to keep your child’s friends names and parent’s phone numbers. 360 will allow you to print out a baby sitters information sheet (with instructions for the night plus, names and numbers to call in an emergency). The software has a place to store electronic DNA, scanned encrypted photos for passports and other important documents, and even lets you store details of credit card and bank information in case you lose your credit cards or in the event of a disaster at home, you will have a record of those numbers. All encrypted so that only the user can gain access to the data.

And what if you if you lost your Life Lynx 360 key? Life Lynx provides a way to get that back as well. “We even help you recover your lost keys by providing a StuffBak tag,” said Wilms, “The single most asked question we had was what if I lose my key?” StuffBak is a loss protection and recovery service designed to protect today’s important mobile devices and data. Each label is uniquely serialized to provide a convenient and confidential identification method, and includes a recovery service that makes it easy and rewarding for finders who will help get your keys back. Each Life Lynx 360 Safety Key includes a StuffBak label attached to the USB drive.

Life Lynx 360 is rewarding its current customers with a pre-public release reduced price. Life Lynx 360 will be released to the general public May 1st for a suggested retail price of $ 39.95. It includes the USB drive, 360 software and a StuffBak tag.

Software developer Eric Wilms designed the original Safety Key after what he describes as the longest two minutes of his life, which occurred during a family trip to the zoo. When Wilms and his wife turned their backs for a split second, they couldn’t locate their twin daughters. After the relief of finding them playing near a drinking fountain, Wilms realized parents need an action plan for such a situation, and the Life Lynx Safety Key was born.

About Life Lynx

Life Lynx is a software and hardware development company based out of Springboro, Ohio. The company was formed in 2004 and its first product was the Life Lynx Child Safety Key. To schedule an interview or for more information about the Life Lynx company, founder Eric Wilms or about the Safety Key, contact Eric at 877-596-9539 (877-LYNXKEY) or visit http://www.safetykey.com.

About StuffBak

StuffBak is a loss protection and recovery service designed to protect to protect every important mobile device and its data. Contact at 800-800-8257 or visit http://www.stuffbak.com.


Puppy Snacks on Earrings and Surgery Costs $7,700.00 – Pets Best Insurance Pays 80%, Total paid by family in premiums about $90.00, total received by family about $6,100.00 Value of Abby to Her Family, Nearly Priceless!

Boise, ID (PRWEB) August 30, 2007

Pet insurance can provide the immediate means to cover costly veterinary care once the policy is in force. Abby is a very good example – before being adopted, this happy and loving Labrador mixed breed puppy had already had a pretty tough life. Both her and her brother were originally dumped on the side of the road, starving, sick and infested with fleas, both were in need of veterinary care. They were sent to a local shelter and put on the list to be euthanized. Funds were not available for needed care and her brother didn’t make it, but Abby was rescued at the last minute. Charles and Virginia Meyer adopted her and paid the hospitalization costs related to her rescue that exceeded $ 1,000. In very short period of time, she had an injury to her rear leg and other issues that included surgery to remove ingested earrings. In her short life, veterinary care is quickly approaching $ 9,000.00.

According to Virginia Meyer, “Abby is such a wonderful addition to our family; she is like a child to my husband and me. Her care after she was rescued cost us around $ 1,000.00. We feel she is worth so much that we can not place a monetary price on her. Once we got Abby home, she had a serious injury to her rear leg. It required a specialist and he suggested that we protect Abby in the future with Pets Best Insurance. We went online and ordered coverage for Abby. A few weeks later while at home, Abby brought a small box to me, minus the earnings it normally contained. Within hours, she was very sick and we rushed her to an emergency clinic. After several surgeries and trips back and forth to the veterinarian, she is now back at home and recovering. For Charles and me, we would have done whatever it would take to care for our puppy. We are thankful that we have insurance coverage because we just cannot imagine having to choose between providing needed care, or having to put Abby down.”

LawInfo Adds Qualified Family Lawyers to its Free National Directory

San Marcos, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2007

LawInfo has now added qualified family lawyers to its free online national directory. These attorneys are a part of LawInfo’s signature service, the Lead Counsel Program, which is designed to provide a simple and reliable way for anyone on the Web to find a pre-qualified, pre-screened attorney, such as a divorce attorney or adoption lawyer, quickly and easily. The Lead Counsel Program has resulted in the enhanced screening of attorneys’ credentials and has become a symbol of quality assurance for consumers searching for legal representation.

Family law is the area of law that deals with all aspects of family relations, including adoption, child custody and visitation, children’s rights, child support, divorce, spousal support (alimony), annulments, separation agreements, marital property division, elder law matters, estate planning, estates and trusts, wills and will contests, probate, insurance, cohabitation agreements, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, marriage and other legal issues pertinent to the family. A good family lawyer possesses the patience, judgment and necessary trial skills to fight for what is fair, while avoiding conflict and distress as much as possible during what is usually an emotionally challenging time. LawInfo’s new attorney directory can help anyone nationwide locate a qualified family attorney, representing both men and women, who can provide a compassionate, steady hand to protect a client’s rights while guiding them though complex and often tense legal issues.

In addition to offering a free national attorney directory, LawInfo.com has also designed a legal resource center that provides a quick and easy way to access free legal forms and documents, research thousands of legal FAQ’s, obtain document preparation services and locate legal experts throughout the nation–such as private investigators, bail bondsmen, process servers and paralegals. LawInfo.com also provides an SEO Package for attorneys and legal professionals crafted by a team of SEO specialists that integrates web design, content development and internet marketing with focused traffic-generation tactics.

For over a decade, LawInfo’s mission has been to assist the public in locating qualified attorneys and legal services. Founded in 1994, LawInfo is recognized nationwide as a leader within the legal community. In addition to listing a national directory in which to locate skilled divorce lawyers, LawInfo.com also provides access to the latest legal news, breaking reports on FDA-mandated recalls for defective drugs and dangerous products and supplies an index of experienced local and national attorneys who are handling such cases. Staffed by a dedicated team, LawInfo’s corporate offices are located in San Marcos, California, just thirty minutes north of San Diego.

For more information about Lead Counsel family attorneys, or LawInfo’s free legal resource center, call 1-800-397-3743 or visit http://www.lawinfo.com.


Safe Life Jackets Provides a Life Vest and PFD for the Family Holiday Cruise

Chatsworth, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2007

Safe Life Jackets delivers a Coast Guard approved life vest (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/life-vest.html) and inflatable pfd just in time for the family holiday cruise. Safe Life Jackets offers over fifty-five varieties of adult life vests through the ease and convenience of internet shopping. Older versions of life jackets and life preservers can be hot, bulky, and cumbersome. Providing increased protection over older versions of life vests, Safe Life Jackets offers a life vest that is cooler, lightweight, and more comfortable. Constructed with the highest quality materials and components, Safe Life Jackets supplies multiple adult sizes with two or four buckles, a 100% nylon outer shell, and a liner providing a longer life and more comfortable wear than the older and bulkier life vests.

In addition to the adult, child and dog life jacket, Safe Life Jackets offers an online inventory of 12 varieties of the highest quality inflatable vests at competitive pricing. The deluxe inflatable pfd’s (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/inflatable-vests.html) from Safe Life Jackets combine the advanced safety of inflatable technology with new product enhancements such as a safety inspection window to inform users if the inflator is ready for use. Made by Stearns, the 1339 Ultra Inflatable PFD automatically inflates when placed in water or can be inflated with a pull of a cord. With a lightweight design for high mobility, durable nylon construction, high visibility reflective tape, tri-fold design for quick and easy repacking, and a mesh bag for easy storage the Stearns 1339 Ultra Inflatable PFD can be easily worn over a shirt or jacket and is perfect to take on a large boat.

Safe Life Jackets also offers a wide selection of additional boating safety (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/Boating-Safety.html) items to assure safety and peace of mind while enjoying time on the water. Safe Life Jackets online inventory includes safety devices such as Jim and Taylor Buoy Life Rings along with Stearns Flotation and Utility Boat Cushions. Safe Life Jackets furnishes over nine varieties of high quality flashlights manufactured by Pelican. In the event of an emergency, Safe Life Jackets supplies a variety of Orion signal kits, flares (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/Flares.html) and horns. All lights, flares, horns and rescue equipment are all offered with the same quality and price guarantees you’ve come to expect from Safe Life Jackets.com.

Safe Life Jackets showcases the highest quality manufacturers of personal flotation devices approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Dedicated to providing superior customer service at competitive pricing, Safe Life Jackets promises a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all purchases. SafeLifeJackets.com not only offers competitive pricing, but also a 110% Lowest Price Guarantee. Unlike other sites, at Safejackets.com the posted price is the purchase price. Sales tax is not added except for the state of California. Also, SafeLifeJackets.com offers free shipping on purchases $ 75 and over.

Participating in the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, Safe Life Jackets is committed to providing the most secure and convenient shopping experience over the internet and/or telephone. Trained “No Commission” support is dedicated to assist you in finding the safest life jacket to fulfill your individual needs. Support staff is available via email, live chat, or telephone to provide personalized and informative assistance. Visit http://www.Safelifejackets.com or call Toll Free 1-888-723-3998.


Fresno Family Law Attorney to Speak on Collaborative Divorce at the February Fresno Women’s Network Luncheon

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) February 5, 2008

Family law litigator and founding partner of Childs & Childs, PLC, Erin Childs, will be giving a short presentation on Collaborative Divorce during the February 12th Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon. Erin invites you to attend so that you can gain useful information for yourself, your friends, family or anyone who needs those services for that matter.

Where and When:

Where: Love and Garlic at 5351 N. Diana Court

Fresno, CA 93710

When: February 12, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

at the Fresno Women’s Network monthly luncheon


If you would like to attend, but are not a member of the Fresno Women’s Network, contact Anna VanderPoel of our office and we can arrange to have you admitted.

What is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is an innovative approach where a couple agrees in writing to dissolve their marriage with respect, dignity and honesty. These divorces often resolve more quickly than traditional divorce litigation and for a fraction of the cost. Couples also benefit from the use of trained professionals such as attorneys, financial and child specialists and therapists to reach the best settlement that meets the needs of all involved.

Besides the time and financial benefit of collaborative divorce, the primary benefit is that participants avoid the trauma, character assassination and humiliation that take place during most traditionally-litigated divorces. The collaborative process seeks to preserve relationships. This is done with the idea that most divorces involve children and couples must co-parent for many years after a divorce is done.

This method of divorce was started by a family law litigator, Stu Webb, about a decade ago. Mr. Webb was tired of seeing how families were destroyed and resources depleted after “scorched earth” litigation. Back then, divorcing couples only had two options, doing it themselves or do it through litigation, which inevitably led to years of fighting, court appearances, stress, trauma and financial devastation.

Since then, collaborative divorce has spread like wildfire and more and more, couples are choosing collaborative divorce. These couples are spending a fraction of the money they normally would on a traditional litigation as well as a fraction of the time. They are saving time and money, but most importantly, through the help of trained professionals and divorce coaches, they are preserving relationships for the years after a divorce enabling them to effectively co-parent. They are also protecting their children from the bloodbath that is family litigation while having the protection, and advice of their own attorney.

It is estimated that internationally over 20,000 professionals have received training in collaborative divorce. Erin states, “This is definitely not a flash in the pan type of divorce. It is here to stay and hopefully grow and grow. Locally, we are training ourselves every chance we get and have been trained by one of the best, Pauline Tesler, a leader in the international collaborative movement. We are very excited about this, and want to see less emotional destruction and more peace. Hopefully, this can help many people in our local area and internationally.”

If you are anticipating a divorce, or if you know someone who is, please let him or her know this is a new option in the Central Valley and invite that person to attend the February 12th luncheon. This is an alternative that many couples would choose if they knew it was an option. We just need your help to get the word out!

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information or would like to speak to an attorney who can help you, contact Childs & Childs at your earliest convenience. We would be more than happy to sit down and discuss your options with you.

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Remote Lands Introduces Summer Family Travel Experiences in Asia

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 6, 2008

Remote Lands, the world’s foremost luxury travel designer focused exclusively on Asia, is offering extraordinary summer travel opportunities for the most discerning families. The company’s tailor-made excursions for families include water sports, cultural experiences, kite-making and golf in Bali; playing with giant panda cubs, rock climbing and hot air ballooning in China; and camping, rafting and hiking in Bhutan. Remote Lands’ bespoke family journeys begin at around $ 1,000 per person per day, depending on the destination plus international airfare. Services such as private jet charters, helicopters, VIP audiences, and personal staff including chefs, trainers, concierges and other professionals are additional.

Bali: Beaches, Surfing, Kite-making, Golf

Bali is the perfect getaway for families with children of any age with its wealth of cultural highlights, sport facilities and art activities. As kite-making is a proud Balinese tradition, Remote Lands can arrange for clients to make kites with one of the Princes of Bali and his family, culminating in the maiden flight of the massive new kite from the beach at sunset. The kites are made in the shapes of animals and are approximately 10-feet wide and 30-feet long. Guests can visit the Franciscan Orphanage, where children are paired with their Indonesian counterparts for a first-hand learning experience inside the orphanage walls. Bali’s unique geography also presents unparalleled sporting opportunities from golf to surfing. A private surf instructor can be engaged to teach family members how to surf gentle breaks before moving on to bigger waves. Remote Lands arranges for families to stay in some of the island’s most spectacular yet child-friendly private villas with sublime views of the beach and a fulltime staff of personal chefs, butlers, maids, drivers and even a masseuse.

China: Panda Sanctuary, Private Cruises, Village Visits

Families visiting China for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are encouraged to extend their stay to experience some of Remote Lands’ signature, unique experiences. The central Chinese province of Sichuan offers the exciting experience of playing with panda cubs. At the Wolong Panda Reserve, families can meet with a resident biologist who will teach them about this species’ fragile breeding habits and the reserve’s conservation work. Visitors don protective blue suits to enter the cubs’ playground and hold one of these adorable creatures.

In southern China, the mythical landscape of Guangxi Province offers a multitude of cultural and outdoor activities. The picturesque Li River has long inspired poets and painters. Remote Lands recreates this experience for clients by taking them on a private two-hour river cruise accompanied by an expert in the history of Chinese painting, who will expound on the links between this remarkable topography and traditional Chinese art. Adults and children will have individual easels, paper and brushes to paint their versions of this area. Rock climbing is also a popular activity in the area and Guangxi’s majestic limestone formations lend themselves to climbing routes of all grades. Other exhilarating offerings available to clients in southern China include hot-air-ballooning up to high peaks or biking around charming, neighboring villages.

Bhutan: Camping, Hiking, Cycling, Rafting

Families can begin their Bhutanese adventure by white-water rafting in the Punakha Valley where they will select from a variety of routes to ensure the safety and comfort of children of all ages. Guests can spend the night in a private, luxury camp with a personal chef who will prepare authentic regional cuisine to suit any palate. Private archery lessons with top instructors can be arranged for families looking to learn about Bhutan’s national sport. Farmhouse visits are another possibility. Guests are encouraged to learn about and assist farming families with crop cultivation, tending to their livestock and cooking. Remote Lands can arrange for hiking or mountain biking experiences through the valleys to visit with local families in the remote villages of Gogona and Khotokha.

For inquiries or to make reservations, call (646) 415-8092 or visit http://www.remotelands.com.