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The Importance of the Standard of Living

Fred Silberberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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.

What Is Required to Make Collaborative Divorce Truly Collaborative?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those of you who have been reading my series of articles about "Collaborative Divorce" should be well aware of the fact that I have quoted Stephen Wil...

9 Dos And Don'ts For Divorce Parents Of 2014 Grads

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

If you and your former spouse are one of those new-age, The Trophy Wife blended families who cut birthday cakes together and who share holidays by com...

'I Am A Divorce Attorney Who Still Believes In Love'

Michele Corvi | Posted 05.29.2014 | Divorce
Michele Corvi

Serendipity has been defined as the ability to find luck or happiness in unlikely places. My mother was right; love found me when I was least expecting it, on the banks of a remote river in Alaska.

Top 5 Rules to Help You Through a Divorce Deposition

Stann Givens | Posted 05.23.2014 | Divorce
Stann Givens

Unless your case settles very quickly, there is a very good chance that the lawyer representing your spouse will schedule your deposition

'Collaborative Divorce' Is Collaborative in Name Only

Mark Baer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It seems to me that as currently practiced, "Collaborative Divorce" is collaborative in name only and at best should be called "Cooperative Divorce."

Parenting Coordinators: Helping Parents Through High-Conflict Custody Cases

Nicole H. Sodoma | Posted 07.08.2014 | Divorce
Nicole H. Sodoma

What happens in a situation where two parents simply cannot put aside their differences and reach a harmonious approach to parenting their children?

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 ...

Divorce Confidential: The Importance of Being Financially Savvy During Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.18.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Budgeting your finances and being mindful of how you spend will be key in creating a foundation for a healthy financial picture going forward.

Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

Sleeping With the Enemy: Saving Your Family After an Affair

Natalie Gregg | Posted 06.08.2014 | Divorce
Natalie Gregg

Please understand, I am not selling divorce. You are not abandoning your marriage: That was your spouse's choice. You are not to blame for the death of your marriage. But if you delay, you could spend the rest of your life blaming yourself for the disaster of your divorce.

The Consequence of Unenforced Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Divorce Institute provide in pertinent part as follows: "All Collaborative Divorce ...

No Equitable Tolling in Hague Abduction Convention

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

There are several exceptions to this near-automatic return of a child to her country of habitual residence.

Another Blow to Fathers' Rights; Dad Barred From Delivery Room

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 05.25.2014 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

Under current law, unwed fathers face a long and difficult battle to gain even the most basic of parental rights.

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

How to Evaluate if Cohabitation Has Placed Alimony at Risk

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

A few things can jeopardize an alimony obligation... death, remarriage or that elusive term used for describing an exclusive marriage-like relationship, "cohabitation."

Pregnant? 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Discrimination at Work

Tom Spiggle | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

One thing no one expects when they're expecting is discrimination. Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is all too real. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it.

Which Parent Gets The Tax Exemption After Divorce?

Stann Givens | Posted 05.13.2014 | Divorce
Stann Givens

Becoming divorced causes you to have to rethink many tax issues. With the deadline for filing federal income tax returns fast approaching, it might be good to be reminded of how the government treats the dependency exemption in an ended marriage.

The Right Result

Margaret Klaw | Posted 05.11.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Klaw

I have a bone to pick with my fellow family lawyers. Some of my brethren and sistren have a tendency to conflate what the law dictates should happen and what is right.

How to Raise Your New Blended Family as a Friendly Acquisition and Not A Hostile Merger

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

The challenges of blending two families are complex, and require a significant investment of time, patience and compromise. Not unlike baking a soufflé, the process cannot be rushed, or it will fall flat and be completely undesirable.