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Terri Weiss
Terri L. Weiss is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Her debut novel, about a lawyer whose involvement with her client threatens ruin for them both in a child custody case, has literary representation and will be submitted to publishers in 2014. With two contest-winning short stories to her fiction writing credits, Ms. Weiss has had numerous professional articles published on family law issues. She has also lectured both to lawyers and to the public. She strives to be agenda-free and pragmatic, recognizing that is sometimes easier said than done. For more information, visit her website at and her blog

Entries by Terri Weiss

Divorce Warrior: Post-Apocalypse Survival Tips

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 9:40 PM

You've made it through to the other side. Both you and your spouse signed the settlement agreement -- it's got those fancy notary stamps, and every page of every copy was properly initialed. The judge signed the final order or judgment, and the county clerk stamped it. Everything's official.


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When It's War

(6) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Punishing court orders pelt you until you can hardly see straight. The motions keep coming; you're in court all the time. Child Protective Services is pounding down your door and your in-laws are pressing charges. You're broke; you're incarcerated; you're terrified.

Sound like a nightmare? For many, it's reality.

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Lean In, Have It All, and Hope

(6) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 2:15 PM

This is a long post, but it's about two topics I'm quite passionate about: The near-dearth of women in leadership positions, and the so-called 'have it all' work-life balance debate, which isn't as gender-oriented as many claim.

Although these two related issues are easily melded into one, they should remain...

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The Crux of Divorce Decisions is The Smell Test

(35) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 4:09 PM

The decision and order are out. Your lawyer flips to the last page, the only one that really matters.

Who won the motion? How much will you be paying for support, and for how long? Is your company going to be drawn into your divorce case? Is the trial...

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The Lousiest Family Court Order

(134) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 8:17 PM

Let's discuss the bad, no, let's make that the absolute worst, court order in family law cases where kids are involved: The temporary order of protection, more affectionately known as the TOP.

First, a disclaimer: Some TOPs have validity, and some actually work. There are people who seriously need...

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Why Do People Hate Divorce Lawyers So Much?

(94) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 2:04 AM

Divorce lawyers. Otherwise known as dirtbags, bottom-feeders, thieves, morons--go ahead, you name it, we're used to it. The tirades that often show up here on the Huffington Post, and on other web sites when the word 'divorce' is mentioned, are pretty intense. Yep, lots of people have horror stories and,...

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Lawyers Check Out Potential Clients

(393) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 1:16 AM

Surviving the holidays? Biding your time until the kids return to school before you consult a matrimonial lawyer? Reading up on how to pick one? There are tons of articles out there on how to pick the 'right' lawyer and avoid the 'wrong' one.

Whoa. You're not the only...

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Real-Life Court Prep

(6) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Okay, you've got a big day ahead of you. Your lawyer's told you to meet her on the fourth floor of the
courthouse at 9 am for the 9:30 calendar call.

First order of business: What to wear. Nothing too casual, nothing too flashy. Revealing too much

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