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The Many Benefits of Divorce Mediation, by Gary Gahan

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Approximately 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. In many of these cases, ex-spouses wind up bitter and low on funds, with children caught in the middle of a long and stressful proceeding. Divorce mediation provides couples with a healthier, collaborative alternative to the adversarial, sometimes lengthy, and often expensive method of going through the courts.

In mediation, clients’ lawyers do not battle one another for control of the assets or the upper hand in child custody. Instead, professional mediators provide a civil arena where soon-to-be divorcees can come to mutually beneficial decisions. Impartial mediators are trained to handle a number of complex issues related to divorce, including taxes, child support, property distribution, and other factors, while providing all parties with cost savings, control, and a high level of privacy. In addition, mediators are familiar with the laws of their state and may be able to file legally binding divorce paperwork.

About the Author:

A divorce mediator in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Gary Gahan was educated at Southern New Hampshire University and Purdue University. Prior to his mediation training, Mr. Gahan was a business management and financial services expert for nearly three decades.

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Gary Gahan Reviews the Second Amendment

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Many people believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution simply allows people to own firearms free of government intrusion. However, the text of the Amendment and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of it are more complex and are well worth a closer look. The Second Amendment reads as follows:

“A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

Since the amendment was adopted in 1791, citizens and government entities have debated its legal interpretation in public forums and courts throughout the country. The Supreme Court has directly addressed the Second Amendment on multiple occasions, with justices concluding that the right to bear arms is fundamental to Americans. Repeatedly, court justices have referred to the text of the Constitution to guide their decisions, finding that the Second Amendment is in place to stop the federal government from separating citizens from their firearms in most cases. However, some laws allow states to dictate certain specific gun regulations.

About the Author: Gary Gahan is a political activist and stalwart supporter of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Gahan is a divorce mediator in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire College Students Facing Debt Crisis By Gary A. Gahan

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

As the national debt crisis continues to top voters’ lists of concerns, college students in New Hampshire are facing their own debt woes. A recent report ranks the state first in average student loan debt, and interest rates are scheduled to double on federally subsidized loans this summer.

In 2010, New Hampshire’s college students with student loans graduated with an average of $31,000 in debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. Politicians already are laying blame for the student loan debt crisis, although some experts say the situation does not have a simple explanation.

State and national leaders will be forced to examine the issue as more and more graduates default on student loans. Proposed solutions range from restricting eligibility for student loans to students pursuing degrees that lead to high-value jobs to freezing the interest rate while strengthening the economy so graduates can find good jobs.

Many of New Hampshire’s college graduates have a lot at stake. If the rates double on July 1, students in the state will incur an additional $30 million in debt.

About the Author: Gary Gahan is a political activist who lives and works in New Hampshire.

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