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Why the Mormon Church Leaders Still Don't Get It

John Halstead | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."

Parents Should Think Twice Before Engaging in a Custody Battle over Their Children

Mark Baer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When parents engage in custody battles over their children, they do so under the guise that it is in their children's best interest, but is that generally true? Please don't misunderstand, I am not suggesting that parents don't sincerely believe that what they want is in the best interest of their children.

What It's Really Like When The Kids Are At Their Dad's

Kathleen Gordon | Posted 11.03.2015 | Divorce
Kathleen Gordon

For my kids, being the child of divorced parents isn't a tragedy, because the adults in their lives love them and want the best for them, which includes getting along with each other. My children are thriving, and so am I.

Suck It Up For The Kids

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 10.29.2015 | Divorce
Heather Gillis-Harris

Whatever pain the other party has put you through, sometimes you have to stuff it and move on. Why? Because your kids didn't ask for this. They don't want to be put in the position where they have to choose between Mom and Dad. Chances are they want and need both parents.

Why This Young Couple Is Terrified Their Baby Will Be Taken From Them

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 10.27.2015 | Dr. Phil

Karen says she wants custody of her 20-year-old daughter, Kiersten’s, unborn baby girl, because she believes Kiersten and her fianc&eacu...

How to Explain Divorce to a 3-Year-Old?

Randall M. Kessler | Posted 09.21.2015 | Divorce
Randall M. Kessler

How do we help our clients explain divorce to a 3-year-old? That is something parents must deal with and must get right, to help their children. Whether it is explaining divorce to a 3-year-old, a 6-year-old, or a teenager, it is never easy, especially when it's your own divorce.

When Custody Battles Make Breastfeeding Nearly Impossible

SheKnows | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents

When Lynn D. first discovered she was pregnant, she just assumed she would most likely breastfeed her new baby but hadn’t thought too much abou...

If Joint Custody Were a Country Song

Rosemond Perdue Cranner | Posted 08.25.2015 | Divorce
Rosemond Perdue Cranner

If this were a country song, I'd load my hound into the pickup and head to the local bar. I'd order a Bud, put some quarters in the jukebox and let Hank Williams, or maybe Patsy Cline, sing my pain.

California Court Rules That a Mother's Custody Petition Requires a Hearing

Brad Reid | Posted 07.26.2015 | Parents
Brad Reid

In a just decided (July 23, 2015) unpublished decision (In re Emily S.) the Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, has reversed a trial court's decision that denied, without a hearing, a biological mother's court petition to regain custody of a daughter.

Visit With My Estranged Grandmother

Dana Laquidara | Posted 06.18.2015 | Divorce
Dana Laquidara

Following the cobblestone walkway to her front door on Cape Cod, I am marveling at the fact that at ninety years old she is still living on her own. I am about to ring the doorbell when she pulls the door open and stands before me, small but steady on her feet.

How to Win More Time with Your Kids This Summer

Stann Givens | Posted 05.28.2015 | Divorce
Stann Givens

Children all over the U.S. are finishing school and making plans for the summer. For families going through a divorce, this normally relaxing time of year can be the most stressful.

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...

In Praise Of Involved Fathers

Joe Seldner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

All the chatter about fathers not being involved in their children's lives sometimes confuses those of us who had the privilege of raising our children by ourselves. We wouldn't have had it any other way, so it is difficult to comprehend why any father would not want to be involved.

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...

Recipe for an Apology

Tara Fass | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Tara Fass

As Paula Spencer Scott, wrote in 7 Ways to Handle a Hothead -- Without Blowing Your Top steadying yourself with people who feel slighted is challenging. In my line of work, this would be hurt and angry co-parents and their children.

Every. Other. Weekend. Coping With Custody.

Heather Leiva | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

I remind myself I am lucky. Every other weekend means they have two sets of parents who love them. I am lucky to have a beautiful family in whatever capacity I can get it.

How My Divorce Will Be Different Than My Parents'

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 05.03.2015 | Divorce
Jenny Kanevsky

I'm on a roller coaster, the huge swells have passed, for now, but I know there are more to come. Seventeen years, two children, three moves -- it's a history, a life together. But I will find my new normal, and I will make sure my children have one as well. I'm human, but I'll do my best.

Did Mom Coach Her Daughters To Lie About Abuse?

Posted 08.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

Shelly adopted her two granddaughters when they were young children, because her daughter, Roxy, was deemed an unfit mother. Recently, the two girls, ...

Trouble Parenting My Stepson

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Your family is going through significant growing pains, with everyone having to make some big adjustments. Rather than giving you suggestions for controlling your stepson's behavior, I think it best that we step back and look at the situation from a bigger perspective.

A Poem About Losing Custody

Jon Vaughn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Divorce
Jon Vaughn

Shock and surprise, in the blink of an eye. I'm still a kid myself! This twenty year old guy.

Planning Pays Off

Fred Silberberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

While the concept of planning what happens upon a separation may seem cruel or too calculating to some, its' a fact of life that those who plan ahead for their long term goals are usually more likely to succeed at them than those who do not.

Sisters In A Custody Battle: Who Should Keep The Child?

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Dana is furious with her sister, Jaye, who refuses to relinquish temporary guardianship of Dana’s 13-year-old daughter. Dana, who struggled with dru...

Reality Divorce

Margaret Klaw | Posted 11.15.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Klaw

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Nestled cozily in my inbox between an email from a grumpy opposing attorney and a bar association solicitation, there it was: NOW CASTING DIVORCED COUPLES FOR NEW NBC SERIES. Of course, I clicked.

Splitting the Baby

Krista Barth | Posted 11.12.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

I litigate for a living, but if I do my job really well, you never step foot inside a courtroom. If you step foot into a courtroom, you have already lost. You have abdicated your parental authority to the state rather than compromise with someone you once loved.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Joan Meier | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Joan Meier

Society needs to come to grips with the reality of the risks some fathers pose for children -- and put away the childish fantasy that Fathers Know Best.