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5 Things You Need To Know About Your Taxes And Divorce

Dec 31, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Taxes And Divorce

by Robert D. Bordett

If you divorce in 2015, there are a few important things to be aware of in order to avoid potential hassles. Use this quick cheat sheet well in advance of the filing deadline:

  • Know your filing status. If you divorced anytime before and up to December 31, 2015, you are considered divorced for the entire year. There is no “part-time married filing jointly” category. You’ll either need to file as single or head of household, if you qualify.
  • Review your settlement agreement in order to determine who can claim the children as exemptions.
  • Ensure you have an IRS form 8332 signed, if required. This form is the release of claim to exemption for a child of divorced or separated parents. A copy of this form must be attached to your income tax return in order for you to claim the tax exemptions for children not living with you.
  • Determine the amount of your withholdings on your form W4.
  • Ensure you’ve done estimated payments if your withholding is not enough, or if you’re receiving alimony.

There are many more items to consider, but these 5 should get you thinking. If you have questions related to these items, please contact your CPA for assistance.

Robert D. Bordett CFP, CDFA

Family Matters – Professional Family Mediators: Who Are They?

Dec 9, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Family Matters – Professional Family Mediators: Who Are They?


Marilyn McKnight, MA

Marilyn McKnight is one of the five founding members of APFM interviewed in this episode of Family Matters with Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

      Family Matters

What is the history of family mediation in the U.S.? When, how, and why did it start? Many people thought that family mediation would become the first choice approach to divorce in the 1980’s. Why did that not happen? Why are there still so many people who have never heard of family mediation? Why does that matter? What makes a family mediator a professional? Why did the founders of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) decide to form the organization? What are APFM’s current goals? How will the public benefit from APFM’s work? How common is it for people to get divorced without hiring lawyers to represent them? Five founding members of APFM, one guest at a time, discuss these questions and more.

Contact Marilyn at

FEI Working Together for Families Webinar

Oct 5, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on FEI Working Together for Families Webinar

Mediation & Therapy: Working Together for Families
Presented by FEI Behavioral Health & Erickson Mediation Institute

Therapists often say they want to learn mediation skills to use in their work with couples, divorced families and children with separate parents. Many of the problems specific to these families are the result of on-going conflict between the parents. Whether post-divorce, or never married, parents often do not know how to function well on a new level as co-parents. Parental conflict can spill over and the children end up in the middle.

This webinar will explain how techniques used in mediation are able to help separated parents find common ground and keep their children out of the middle of their conflict.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the value of the mediation for families
  • Understand legal and emotional aspects of the divorce process
  • Learn innovative approaches to manage financial conflicts
  • Overcome lack of cooperation between parents

Webinar Details
Date: November 19, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Early Bird Rate: $60 (before 10/9)
Regular Rate: $75
Speakers: Stephen Erickson, J & Marilyn McKnight, MA

Register today: REGISTER HERE

Steve To Speak At Mediation Creative Conflict Resolution Meeting

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Steve To Speak At Mediation Creative Conflict Resolution Meeting

Steve Erickson
Steve Erickson

Steve Will Be Speaking At The FEI Mediation Creative Conflict Resolution, July 15, 2015

Notes From Steve in Singapore …

Jul 13, 2015   //   by Erickson Mediation   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Notes From Steve in Singapore …

Steve Erickson
Steve Erickson

After attending the International Consortium for Social Development, Steve had these notes:

The plenary speech by Undersecretary General Noeleen Heyzer and the speech by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam both discussed reducing the income gap, compassionate solutions to immigration, human trafficking, guest worker abuses and also sustainable policies for the future so that our children and grandchildren do no pay for our mistakes (greed). The overall theme of the conference is that social workers must lead the way in transforming society through their work and their views on income equity, sustainable resource policies, reducing poverty, and (believe it or not) managing conflict. I am right at home with that last one!

I sat next to a woman on the bus who is a professor of social work at a major university in Ceylon. She and her husband lived in Minneapolis when they attended the U of M. She knew Sheldon Torgerson (the pastor at the church I attended when at Augsburg college) as she attended the Lutheran Church that was near the Augsburg campus as well! Small world. Or, as the Undersecretary General said the night before, this is indeed a globally connected world.

I talked at length with Dr. Peggy McFarland, who is professor of Gerontology at a college in Pennsylvania and a Fulbright Scholar in Ho Chi Min City. She was very interested in Elder Care Mediation. I’ll be sending her more information!

I spoke with a social worker from Korea who was extremely interested in Custody mediation.

I have tons of other notes and business cards to follow up on when I get home.

A very productive trip so far.


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