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Family Law: The Judge Can't Tell Me What To Do!

Divorce and Contempt trials happen when people do not agree. They need the services of the neutral, the judge to decide an issue for them. They have been unable to decide it for themselves. So what do you do when a party says, "The Judge can't Order that. I don't agree with it! The Judge can't tell me what to do!"

Family Law: To Unring the Bell

Often, the toughest consultations are the ones where the client comes to us after attempting to handle their own case. It's a lot harder to fix what's been done than it is to handle the case the right way to begin with. It's ironic that a lot of people uy to save money by handling their own case but end up spending a lot more money fixing errors they had made. 

Fan Service in Family Law

What is Fan Service in Family Law, you ask. If you don't speak nerd you've probably never heard the tem1 "fan service". Allow me to elucidate. Fan service is material in anime and manga that (duh) services fans by often providing gratuitous or suggestive sexuality or violence ("Food Wars" or "Elfen Lied"), fli1ting between main characters ("Inuyasha"), or epic fight scenes ("Fairy Tale"). We can see this in Western media via "easter eggs" in comic books or the car chases in the Fast and Furious films or even those grand space craft scenes in Star Wars. Fan service is hyperbolic eye candy that makes us cheer, laugh, blush, or just feel like the author/director/artist is looking out for us and what'll make us happy.

Opposing Counsel, The Sabers, They Rattle!

The "it's going to get ugly unless you..." is a phrase from opposing counsel I may never tire of. I saw that in an email to a junior associate of ours. It seems silly to me. I'm not one for saber rattling, myself. Walk softly and carry a big stick, I think the saying goes. Play the lie, as the golfers speak. There's few worse feelings than being called on a bluff at the poker table as the chips are scooped away unless it is watching your divorce case crumble because you played the fool with your pomposity. 

Family Law: We Live In A Dangerous World

They say most accidents occur within five miles of the home. This saying points out that while the world outside the home is a dangerous and unpredictable place, you need to be aware of do1nestic dangers as well. Of course, there are accidents and then there are "accidents." And in family law, there are dangers and then there are DANGERS! 

Parental Alienation - but by whom?

Daniel was always close to his daughter Kelly. Even though he was divorced from Kelly's mom, Amy, he and Amy got along well and divided their time with Kelly almost 50/50. Rather than alienating each other, Daniel and Amy supported each other as parents for their precious little girl.

Trial Practice: PlayingAbove the Umpire

We have three boys. All the boys were/are quite involved in sports. When the boys would complain about a bad call, one ofmy wife's favorite sayings was that a player has to play above the umpire. Don't give the umpire a chance to call a close play. He can't call a strike if you hit the ball. He can't call you out if you are crossing the plate before the ball even reaches the baseman.

Domestic Violence: TheAhimsa House

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