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Custody Battles

Court Drops Counselor Accused Of Inserting God Into Co-Parenting Classes

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

A state trial court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ended its relationship this week with a mediation provider who allegedly required single mot...

Could A Messy Room Be The Cause Of A Mother/Daughter Estrangement?

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Dr. Phil

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Gay American Couple Battles Over Surrogate Baby In Thailand

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A gay couple from the United States said on Wednesday their lives were being "destroyed" after a Thai surrogate mother r...

Judge Frees Kids She Sent To Juvenile Center For Avoiding Lunch With Father

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime

 PONTIAC, Mich. -- A judge who sent three children to a juvenile detention center last month for refusing to eat lunch with their father has dec...

Judge Throws 3 Kids In Juvenile Center For Not Being Nice To Their Dad

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime

Three young siblings caught in their parents' custody fight were berated by a Michigan judge and sent to juvenile detention after they refused to hav...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I'm going to say it over and over and over again until my last breath -- "Mediation" that is handled as a "settlement conference," but with a "mediator" rather than a judicial officer is not mediation.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Why You Need the Law Guardian on Your Side in Your Child Custody Case

Brette Sember | Posted 05.27.2015 | Divorce
Brette Sember

Another attorney in the mix might just seem like an added layer of bureaucracy to you, but this attorney can be the key to your case. He or she will either report directly to the judge with a recommendation about how to rule or will be able to present witnesses and question yours at trial.

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

Is the Home Paternity Test a "Game Changer?"

Mark Baer | Posted 06.20.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On May 26, 2012, I published an article titled "A Family Is Created When a 'Child Happens' from Non-Relationship Sexual Intimacy. In that article, I ...

Family Law Litigation: The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Everyone in the family law trenches knows that such overreactions are far from uncommon as a result of the exacerbation of conflict and increased distrust resulting from a litigated divorce.

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Parents are correct in the notion that causing the children to take sides can be extremely useful in their divorce game of chess. However, unlike chess, divorce is not a game and children are not pawns.

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 10.17.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When people consider the impact of divorce on children, they typically focus on minor children. Is this because they somehow believe that once children reach the age of majority, their parents' divorce doesn't affect them?

The Power of Words

Mark Baer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Within the context of family law, the following terms have been found to negatively influence people's behavior: divorce, child custody, visitation, access, sole, and primary.

Japan Joins International Child Custody Treaty

AP | MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 05.22.2013 | Divorce

TOKYO -- Japan's parliament on Wednesday approved joining an international child custody treaty amid foreign pressure for Tokyo to address concerns th...

Should Marriage Take Longer Than Divorce?

Amira Young | Posted 07.10.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

Divorce doesn't need any extra punishment. Many men and women going through it already feel like failures without the help of any legal entities. There's got to be a way to prevent the pain. And, of course, not make some divorces last longer than the marriages themselves.

Why I'm Grateful For My Narcissist Ex

Pauline Gaines | Posted 07.01.2013 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

I can honestly say I am grateful for my narcissist ex.

Disabled Parent Legally Prohibited From Custody

Posted 12.03.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Kaney O'Neill is a US Naval veteran and a quadriplegic paralyzed from the chest down. She is also the mother of a young son and she recently went thro...

The Person You Should Blame For That Fight With Your Ex

Judy Corcoran | Posted 10.14.2012 | Divorce
Judy Corcoran

When an issue comes up with your ex, ask yourself if you are behaving or communicating in a way that contributes to the confli

WATCH: Hollywood's Messiest Custody Battles

Posted 07.19.2012 | Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes may have avoided a drawn-out custody battle with their quick divorce settlement last week, but these four celeb couples we...

Custody Battle Averted?

Posted 07.09.2012 | Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached a divorce settlement, including a custody arrangement for their 6-year-old daughter Suri, TMZ reported Monday...

Alaina Giordano Dies: Mom Who Lost Custody Because She Had Breast Cancer

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

An ending to the ugliest of divorce battles combined with a tragic cancer tale.

WATCH: How Spying On Your Ex Could Land You In Court

Posted 05.04.2012 | Divorce

Would you use spy gadgets in order to get custody of your kids? On Thursday, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" explored the increasing use of sur...

When Custody Battles Clean You Out

Dennis Danziger | Posted 09.26.2011 | Divorce
Dennis Danziger

Every night for the past twenty-some odd months I've said the same prayer before collapsing into bed.