Before civil unions, same sex couples could enter into a formal arrangement through New Jersey’s Domestic Partnership (DPA) Act/law. The DPA gave certain rights and obligations to the couple entering the domestic partnership. In 2007, NJ enacted a Civil Union...The Unwanted Divorce In many of the divorces I mediate, it is clear to me that one party wants the divorce far more than the other. Or certainly, one is further down the road of acceptance than the other. In NJ, public policy is that we do not force people to remain...“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” — Norman Cousins (1915 – 1990), American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. One of the goals of mediation is to anticipate consequences of the decisions the...NJ Superior Court Judge Marcia L. Silva, sitting in Middlesex County, recently ruled on a case of first impression regarding when a transgender minor child may change their name. The case is Sacklow v. Betts (FM-12-1502-07C) and the case was published by the court on...Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson within it, although you may not see it at the time. — Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948), German author and spiritualist “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” — Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), American Jazz Singer Mediation is a forward-looking process — we worry less about what happened and more about how to...“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.” — W. R. Inge (1860 – 1954), English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author“Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” — Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss playwright and novelist“You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.” –Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the “one-liner” Of course, this quote can be interpreted in multiple ways.