Siblings Will Save Your Marriage
Siblings Will Save Your Marriage
October 2013
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Happy Fall Season! The weather is changing here in San Jose, and it might be representative of your emotional and spiritual season as well. If so, check out “In the Practice” for some quick tips on how to deal with change in your life. Did you know having siblings increases your chances for a successful marriage? Finally, we have something for which we can thank our siblings. Read more in “In the News.” Watch this week’s iMediate release about the benefits of divorce mediation here. You knew it was coming, Kris and Bruce Jenner have announced their split. More in “Celebrity Watch.” Make sure to also take a look at our website for new information. 
Inevitably, we are facing or going to face significant changes in our lives, whether it is a divorce, death, unemployment, job change, or health challenges. How we handle the changes will be the largest determinant of the outcome. Here are some tips you can use the next time you encounter a season of change so you come out on top!

  • Prepare for change: Make room in your busy schedule to deal with life’s new challenges. Accept the reality that your schedule is bound to be ruffled.
  • change-road-signPay attention: You might see signs that change is coming. Use those clues to prepare so you have a better chance of dealing with the change when it happens.
  • Decide how you will react: Your reaction to the change is the one thing you can control. Be responsible and control your behavior and attitude. You can’t change others but can be patient, resilient, and calm to deal positively in your tough times.
  • Take time for you: During a life-changing event, you need more time for you to reduce the stress and to be able to handle life in a healthy way. It’s even more difficult when change is brewing, but take the time. It’ll pay off handsomely!


  • Siblings Will Save Your Marriage A new study finds people with more brothers and sisters are less likely to divorce than only children or those with one or two siblings. Each additional sibling a person has (up to about seven) reduces the likelihood of divorce by 2%, based on data from 57,061 adults in the General Social Survey collected between 1972 and 2012.
  • The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that children whose parents divorced when they were between birth and 3 to 5 years old had a greater level of insecurity in their parental relationships than children whose parents divorced when they were older.
  • San Ramon divorce attorney pleaded guilty to arranging to have a concealed listening device placed in the car of a client's husband in 2007.
  • Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed a proposal to make divorce far more to discourage ill-considered matches, state media reported. "The motives (for the suggestion) are understandable: switch on your brain when you're getting married, otherwise there's going to be material penalties," the prime minister said. 


Families First Mediation is a boutique mediation firm providing mediation services for a wide range of family law issues, including divorce, custody, and support issues, with offices both in San Jose and Los Angeles, California. At Families First, we empower couples to resolve their divorce dispute, by guiding them through the divorce process in a confidential space, efficiently and affordably, without the couple ever having to go to court. If you or someone you know has a family law dispute, don't rush to court. Give us a call first. There's a better way to resolve your problem and it's never too late!
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    Bruce and Kim Jenner announced they were separating after 22 years of marriage on October 8th.  They stated they have been separated since June with no intention to divorce.

    Dennis Quaid's divorce case has been dismissed after the actor reconciled with his third wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, earlier this year. Their relationship has been on and off for the last few years, but looked to be over when they filed for divorce in November 2012. Guess filing for divorce didn't mean the end for this couple.

    Reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian, dropped Odom from her Instagram name, and it is reported that she is on the verge of signing divorce papers. The reports continue that she has not filed for divorce because she's afraid Lamar would overdose on drugs or intentionally commit suicide if she ends their marriage.
    Actor Richare Gere and model-actress Carey Lowell are separated and headed for divorce after 11 years of marriage and 18 years together. 

    Michael Douglas has revealed he wants to save his marriage with Catherine Zeta Jones.

    Jennifer Lopez is preparing to write a book about her divorce from Marc Anthony and what she identifies as a "devastating" split.

    Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey divorce rumors has "America's Got Talent" host blasting tabloids for false divorce claims.

    Ex-couple Heidi Klum and Seal were seen exchanging kind words and a cheek kiss in public. This was the first time the pair has been spotted since the nasty divorce last year, so photographers jumped at the rare chance to capture the moment.
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