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July 2017 Archives

Have you verified your child's vacation with your ex-spouse?

School is out and summer vacation is upon us which, for a lot of families, means the opportunity to take family vacations to other states or even other countries. If you're divorced or separated, however, you may need to do a little more planning before going on your next family trip.

Custody: They're Watching You!

One of my most favorite quotes about parenting is the quote by Robert Fulghum: "Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you". Another quote I stand by is that "it takes a village to raise a child". In custody cases, many people are watching you.  And that village (the judge) is going to decide who gets custody of your children, if you leave it up to them.

What A Mouthful. Trial Practice

Words are tricky. They can get you in trouble or out of trouble. They can save your life or get you killed. They can save your relationship or end it. They can win your case or lose it. I think you get the idea. Words are everything in our profession. Words are the art of trial practice. If you asked ten attorneys what one word within a Judge's Order or Opinion meant, you might get ten different opinions, depending on their frame of reference.

What goes around... Custody

I know a guy. He got divorced a long, long time ago. As soon as he was divorced, his ex-wife took off with his two children, then about six and four, to parts unknown. She had no cause to take off, didn't even claim any, but she just didn't want to share her kids with an ex.  She wanted more than custody.  She wanted everything.

"What Do You Know?"

Would your decision to hire an oncologist be based solely on whether or not that doctor has had cancer? Or would your choice of pediatrician turn on whether that doctor has children of their own? I remember when I was a counselor working in addiction treatment, I would often be told "What do you know?! You're not an addict!"

Violence at Home

"To the Moon, Alice," Ralph Kramden would often say, his fist clenched tight under his wife's jaw. Kramden didn't mean, "to the Moon and back" as in, "I love you to the Moon and back." He meant he was going to punch her so hard that he would knock her to the Moon.