The Bledsoe Firm - September 2019

W ord S earch Autumn Apple

For Unmarried Partners, Mediation May Be the Answer During a Breakup When unmarried partners determine their relationship is no longer working and decide it’s time to split, it might not be a simple breakup. This is particularly true for relationships that last several years. For unmarried couples, legal issues can potentially arise during the split that must be handled delicately and through legal channels. There are instances where the split is far more complicated than packing up a box of things and leaving. When legal issues need to be resolved in these types of situations, family mediation may be the best option. Why family mediation? Unmarried partners do not have the same legal protections as married couples. They may run into challenges as they make decisions regarding property division, child support, and child custody. In these instances, a collaborative setting through mediation can make more sense than litigation. Mediation is based on the idea of helping separating couples arrive at an amicable resolution. When the couple has a neutral party — the mediator — guiding them through open discussions, they can get down to what really matters. It can be easier to determine what each person wants to walk away with. Working through these types of separations, which can take an emotional toll much like a divorce, does not have to be adversarial or expensive. In contrast to litigation, mediation helps resolve disputes expeditiously and economically. These two features alone can reduce stress on both parties, resulting in lower tension and more positive results. If you have a serious family matter that needs to be resolved, mediation may be the answer. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office at 949.363.5551 or visit to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine your best course of action before you move forward.

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Cacio e Pepe

Inspired by Bon Appetit magazine

Italian for “cheese and pepper,” cacio e pepe is like a refined version of mac and cheese. It’s crowd-pleasing enough to satisfy the pickiest eaters and refined enough to sate the foodies.


6 oz pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano

1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese

Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste


1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan cheese and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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