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Liz Mandarano

Entries by Liz Mandarano

Summer Vacation And Child Custody Agreements

(11) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 3:35 AM

The temperatures are hot. The kids are out of school. It's officially summer! And with summer, say goodbye to your daily routine and hello to possible chaos. This sentiment especially rings true if you have gone through a divorce and have to worry about child-custody agreements. 

It's no surprise that summer vacations...

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Divorce Ceremonies

(9) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 12:30 PM

According to 2010 data from the Pew Research Center, 14 percent of all American adults (18 and older) are currently divorced or separated (and not remarried), compared with 11 percent in 1990. In 1980, it was 9 percent; in 1970, 6 percent. With statistics like these showing that...

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Top 10 Child Custody Complaints

(7) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 11:36 AM

In a recent pow wow with my law partner Dror Bikel, we discussed how frequently we hear parties in child custody matters make the same complaints regarding their former partner's parental skills. So, without any personal commentary, here it goes:

The top 10 things she complains about his behavior as...

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The Worst Thing A Woman Can Do In Divorce Proceedings - The Abuse Of Orders of Protection

(75) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 7:19 PM

Orders of Protection are critical to the safety of many. Some people claim that they are simply pieces of paper that mean nothing. Detractors point to horrible stories where people are abused or murdered despite having an order in place.

I disagree--although we only hear of the tragic endings,...

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Divine Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 11:54 PM

I am always struck by how often celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman and Michelle Williams credit yoga as helping them through painful divorces and break-ups. Divorce, even at its most amicable, can cause an enormous amount of stress, anger, worry, confusion, and resentment--and these are just a few...

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The Tiger Mom Dilemma

(11) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 10:27 AM

Tiger Mom Amy Chua has received a lot of heat the past few weeks over her parenting style. In her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, she asserts that Chinese parenting is functional and goal-oriented. It employs a parenting technique that many Westerners, particularly Americans, find harsh and...

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In the Age of Alternative Reproduction, Who Are a Child's Parents?

(115) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Thanks to modern medicine, more traditional and non-traditional couples and individuals are able to become parents through assisted reproductive methods, including anonymous and known sperm and/or egg donation, surrogacy, and second parent adoption. States have varying laws on sperm donor rights and responsibilities, the legality of surrogate motherhood contracts, recognition...

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Mandatory Couples Counseling Prior To Granting Divorces?

(12) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 11:05 AM

Earlier this month, Nebraska State Senator Tony Fulton (R) introduced a bill that would give judges the option to send married couples with minor children to marriage counseling before granting a divorce and require marriage counseling in divorce actions where no minor children are involved and where one spouse believes...

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College Savings Plans Should Not Be Defined as Gifts

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 10:25 AM

With all the brouhaha surrounding the recent negotiations between the White House and Congress regarding the limit and tax rate for estates and gifts, one area that has failed to garner any attention is whether the definition of gifts should exclude 529 college saving plans. Arguably, these transfers should be...

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Is Your New Year's Resolution A Divorce? You're Not Alone

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 2:34 AM

Divorce lawyers around the country are preparing for the annual January surge in divorce filings. Although no formal study has ever been conducted confirming it, anecdotal evidence among lawyers claim that divorce is a seasonal phenomena, with January the most popular month to file for one. Why is this?


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Cohabitation Agreements More Important Than Ever

(21) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 8:14 PM

Many couples today decline marriage but what happens when financially lopsided couples who decline the protections of marriage, break up? Wealthy individuals or those who anticipate large inheritances may want to protect their assets. Likewise, those who enter into a relationship and sacrifice time and effort in supporting it in...

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