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The Safety Word

I wanted to continue exploring the idea of mutual combat, and take you into what's likely to be controversial and/or taboo territory. But, if you find yourself in the position of needing a family law attorney for a nasty divorce or custody issue, you may have to get comfortable with talking about things you would previously only discuss with your doctor, your partner or your closest friends or anonymously on message boards. (Then again, you may have no problem talking about it at all. Regardless, read on.) 

Trial By Combat

Recently, I've been hearing the term "mutual combat" a lot. This terms refers to "combat between two persons as a result of a sudden quarrel or such circumstances as indicate a purpose, willingness, and intent on the part of both to engage mutually in a fight." Dolphy v. State. So, the jist is that mutual combat occurs when two people willingly engage in a fight with each other, and in extreme cases it could be the difference between life in prison for murder or a finding of justifiable homicide. What immediately jumps to my mind is duel: both parties, guns in hands, take ten paces out and then turn and shoot. (I've been listening to a LOT of "Hamilton", if you can't tell.)

The All Powerful Word, "Like."

Maybe I am channeling my inner Andy Rooney, but I remember a time when the word "like" was about as vanilla of a verb as it comes. You probably really only "liked" your junior high girlfriend, even if you carved the word "love" in that old oak tree with both of your initials. When you were a child, you may have "liked" the color green, but your favorite color was red. You might "like" frozen yogurt, but you "love" ice cream. To some extent, "liking" something wasn't a far cry from "I don't hate that".

The Ring Didn't Mean A Thing!

This is it! The moment you have been dreaming of since you were a child. A ring has been purchased and exchanged. You and your betrothed are parading around town shining your love light as far as you possibly can. There are dozens of heavy bridal magazines arriving in your mailbox weekly and a lot of decisions are being made for the big day.

As if Divorce Weren't Hard Enough: Losing Friends

When you go through struggles, you figure out very quickly who your real friends are. This is especially true when you're getting divorced. What is always surprising to my clients and what was surprising to me personally when I got divorced over a decade ago is how "friends" react. 

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