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The Best and Worst Things About Divorce During the Holidays

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For most, the roughest moments of the divorce are usually celebrating the first birthdays and first holidays as a divorced family. The juggling of calendars, jostling of kids, and feelings of loss as your traditions are being cast aside can be overwhelming to the newly divorced.

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

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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.

Why You Shouldn't Sign a Prenup

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 11.12.2014 | Weddings
Tamara Shayne Kagel

We all hope for the best when we get married, imagining that we will still be head over heels, 40 years down the line. And even though for some of us, inevitably that will not be true, we all benefit from believing it is.

10 Ways to Show Your Ex is Living With Someone

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For someone trying to demonstrate that a former spouse is living with someone else in an effort to have an alimony obligation reduced or terminated, the job of collecting evidence is much easier today.

The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...

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

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.

Would You Consider Trick-or-Treating With Your Spouse's Ex This Halloween?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.30.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Maybe... just maybe... doing what's in the best interests of the children means trick or treating as one giant, functionally dysfunctional, blended family full of kids, step-kids, half-brothers and sisters, stepmoms, stepdads and you and your former spouse.

5 Reasons Why Alimony Should Be Reduced or Terminated if You're Living With Someone

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Alimony reform is on the rise, and there's simply no avoiding it. Nor should there be. One ripe area for change is the circumstance of cohabitation, its effect on spousal support, and the challenges surrounding the ability to prove it.

Divorce Doesn't Necessarily Mean Freedom

Fred Silberberg | Posted 10.22.2014 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

When people decide to divorce they often understand that they will have to divide up property. They often think that they are doing so in exchange for their personal freedom. But the fact is that their personal freedoms are significantly more infringed upon once they are divorced than they ever were while married.

Halloween Trick or Treat Tips for Parents With Kids of Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.22.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

You're now embracing your newfound life co-parenting, your children can and have a right to have a great night and create wonderful memories with their family and friends.

Planning Pays Off

Fred Silberberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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.

Is the Size of your Wallet Proportionate to the Cost of Your Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Divorce is expensive. And just how expensive may depend upon the size of your wallet. While mega-watt settlements splash all across social media, the statistics for divorce costs (legal fees and expenses) are largely unavailable because the industry is loath to report such figures.

Professional Sports and Domestic Violence: Celebrity Favoritism or Weak Domestic Violence Laws?

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

As a society, it seems we have simply come to expect that rich and famous individuals will always find ways to get off easier in matters of crime and punishment. The latest case to prove the legal system's celebrity favoritism? Ray Rice.

Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Covered in torture scars, Alonzo fled to the United States, leaving five children behind. After winning political asylum, Alonzo filed visa petitions for his children to join him. The children's fates thus landed in my very inexperienced hands.

Michelle Nunn's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Jeff Cleghorn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeff Cleghorn

Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn is running in a competitive race for an open seat against Republican David Perdue. There is little doubt where Mr. Purdue stands on LGBT issues (strongly opposed), but there is a lot of doubt about where Ms. Nunn stands. And what to do about that is an issue Georgia's LGBT community is wrestling with today.

Doin' the 2-Step When Your Stepkids Are Ruining Your Marriage

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most parents will admit that their darling, little angels have, at one point or another, caused a riff in their relationship. Raising children, whether as single parents, as dual parents or as a co-parenting team of several adults, can be challenging and stressful.

Are Child Custody Laws That Treat Parental Gatekeeping Like Child Abuse Long Overdue?

B. Robert Farzad | Posted 10.12.2014 | Divorce
B. Robert Farzad

Parental gatekeeping is not an everyday word intact or separated families use but it has a very real impact and import on child custody cases. Are laws against reckless or malicious, restrictive gatekeeping overdue or is this a solution looking for a problem?

The Importance of the Standard of Living

Fred Silberberg | Posted 09.14.2014 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

We often hear people jokingly refer to the fact that someone in a divorce is supposed to "enjoy the standard of living to which they have become accus...

10 Tips for Divorced Parents Seeking a Parenting Coordinator

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 09.06.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

A parenting coordinator is defined as a neutral third party who assists in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental responsibilities, including but not limited to implementation of court-ordered parenting plans.

When a Prenup Gets Thrown Out

Stann Givens | Posted 08.31.2014 | Divorce
Stann Givens

If you are facing a divorce and prenuptial agreement is going to result in your getting less than you would get without the agreement, it is time to talk to a lawyer about how to get the agreement thrown out.

Costs of Litigating a Termination of Alimony Claim - Is It Worth the Price?`

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

At the end of the day, very often litigants are left wondering, "Was it worth it?" Wouldn't it be nice if we could go into the process with a better understanding of what it may actually cost to litigate a claim, so we can weigh the pros and cons and make our own, informed decisions?

Just How Amicable Is Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' Divorce?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I don't typically write about celebrity or high profile divorces because I want my material to speak for itself, rather than having it receive attenti...

3 Things To Consider Before Relocating With Your Kids

Caroline Choi | Posted 08.04.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

In the heat of your divorce, have you thought about possibly moving your children to another city, state or even country? Whatever your reason, there are important things to consider before you make a decision to move away with your children.