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Parents: Do the Right Thing and Take Responsibility

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 05.25.2016 | New York
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

On Sunday May 8th, a group of African-American children set fire to a parked school bus in front of a Jewish elementary school in Crown Heights. The i...

How To Get Your Divorce Judge To Listen To You If You Don't Have An Attorney

Jason Levoy | Posted 04.26.2016 | Divorce
Jason Levoy

When you're involved in a contested divorced and you don't have an attorney representing you and speaking on your behalf, one of the most important times of your case is when you stand before your judge and have the opportunity to speak.

4 Tips To Help You Succeed In Divorce Court

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 04.11.2016 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

Because your courtroom demeanor can influence a judge's opinion and thus the possible outcome of your divorce, it is important to begin preparing yourself for what to expect when your day in court arrives.

The Misery of Trying to Co-Parent With an Ex Who Acts Like The Donald

Alison Patton | Posted 04.08.2016 | Divorce
Alison Patton

While the Republican Party is desperately trying to cut ties with Donald Trump, the world watches in disbelief. All, that is, but a particular group of women and men with one thing in common.

Problems With Paternity: Fraud To Securing Parental Rights

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 02.18.2016 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

Paternity is a major problem area in family courts, whether you are talking about issues pertaining to fraud or biological fathers obstructed from having a relationship with their children. Unfortunately, there is little being done to fix these matters.

Missing Rucki Sisters Found: But Is That a Good Thing?

Hope Loudon | Posted 11.23.2015 | Crime
Hope Loudon

It might seem drastic for a network to hide children whose allegations of abuse have been ignored in court, but it is infinitely more disturbing that children would feel that running away is their only escape from abuse.

Judge Jails Domestic Violence Victim For Failing To Testify

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.08.2015 | Women

A Florida judge is under fire from domestic violence advocates after a video shows her berating a victim and sentencing her to three days in jail for ...

Your Divorce Jargon Cheat Sheet

James J. Sexton | Posted 10.01.2015 | Divorce
James J. Sexton

Don't be Joey when it comes to your divorce. Use the handy guide to demystify all the legalese heading your way.

Divorce: It's Time to Go Private

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 09.24.2016 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

Nobody plans to get divorced. However, the fact is that more than half of marriages end this way, with many people facing lengthy court battles with their former spouse, either to defend or claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.

Tsimhoni Children Placed in Father's Custody After Controversial Court-Ordered "Therapy"

Hope Loudon | Posted 09.17.2016 | Crime
Hope Loudon

The sanity of an adult who chose not to speak to someone they feared and rejected would not be so easily questioned, but Parental Alienation Syndrome pathologizes the child and discredits his/her feelings, beliefs, memories, and experiences.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.06.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.

Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Would the comfy lounge chairs and soothing smell of lattes create the kind of inviting atmosphere, where people going through the most challenges conflicts of their lives, could open up and discuss their divorce?

What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most who have been through a divorce will tell you that it is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to get to the finish line without collapsing, it is helpful to have a coach guide you from beginning to end.

Must Parties Confirm That They Are Open to Settlement For Mediation to Be Effective?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I want to once again deconstruct aspects of Franklin Garfield's article titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?" because I find it an effective way of raising certain aspects of mediation, bringing about a discussion on those issues and educating people.

Dr. Drew on What All Americans Should Know About Divorce and Family Court

Dan Schawbel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Divorce
Dan Schawbel

In the following interview Dr. Drew Pinsky talks about why he decided to be part of Divorce Corp, why he believes people should still get married despite the divorce rate in America, how he would change the family court system so that it's fair, and his best advice for you.

A Lesson From Philomena

Mark Roseman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Divorce
Mark Roseman

I intended to be one of just a handful of patrons attending a recent performance in Delray Beach, FL of the new BBC film, Philomena. Philomena. This f...

What Kids Want for New Year's

Beverly Willett | Posted 03.09.2014 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

I'd bet the house (if I still had one) that no kid sitting on Santa's knee this past Christmas wished for mommy and daddy to split up and live in sepa...

And Baby Makes Four

Margaret Klaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Margaret Klaw

A person who is feeding, clothing and nurturing a child, a person with whom a child has bonded, a person who is -- let's use the verb -- parenting a child, can now stand on a level playing field in the halls of the family court with those who birthed or adopted her.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the Family Court System

Tina Swithin | Posted 12.09.2013 | Divorce
Tina Swithin

Why can't you both just get along for the sake of the children? Those words are like nails on a chalkboard to anyone who has been through a divorce with someone who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).

Better Ideas for Handling Divorce

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Diane Dimond

Are you or someone you know contemplating a divorce? Are there plans to hire a lawyer and take the matter to court? At the risk of raising the ire of matrimonial lawyers, I say, you might want to re-think that idea.

Happy Fifteenth Anniversary

Mark Roseman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Divorce
Mark Roseman

Following my divorce in July 1998, I became a pro se litigant, seeking the Court to compel earlier orders for therapy and visitation which my children's mother was loathe to comply with.

One Choice, Two Parents: A Summertime Planner

Mark Roseman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Divorce
Mark Roseman

Parents most often live in different towns, perhaps different states, perhaps different regions of this country. But, unlike most of the year with cookie cutter visitation arrangements, the summer means even more scheduling, more agendas.

Why You Should Avoid Family Court... At All Costs

Bill Swadley | Posted 05.28.2013 | Divorce
Bill Swadley

In a perfect world, the mission of family court is to ensure that any agreement between the parents is in the best interest of the children.

Why Our Family Courts Are Failing

Tina Swithin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Divorce
Tina Swithin

The family court system in the United States is failing our children.

How To Deal With A Narcissistic Ex In Court

Tina Swithin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Divorce
Tina Swithin

Dealing with someone who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the family court system is a daunting task that is made even more difficult if you are in pro se, or self-represented.