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March 2020 Archives

Quarantined with Your Abuser

As many people retreat home to avoid risking further spread of COVID-19, jokes abound. The quarantine is testing the strength of the love and tolerance you feel for those who live in your household: your significant other - how the hell did you not notice, after all this time, their annoying humming habit. You jokingly announce that you have contemplated murder in hopes the infuriating habit would cease.

Gaslighting and You

Gaslighting is a term used to describe a particular type of psychological manipulation in which an abuser manipulates a victim into thinking they are losing their sanity. This term originated from the 1938 play, "Gas Light", which is about a woman who is gaslighted by her husband.

Will It Into Existence - A Letter to My Community

Have you ever heard the expression "will it into existence" or "speak it into existence?" You can certainly be positive and try to will or speak things into existence. But, in my experience, that is where it starts. You have to follow that up with action. And, in today's climate, facing the unprecedented closings, delays, and suspensions of events around the country and the globe, it may seem like a time to not take action. However, that could not be farther from the truth.

Social Distancing and Divorce

At this point, you've likely seen any or all of the following, lighthearted posts on social media. The basketball fan who cannot indulge in March Madness because the NCAA indefinitely suspended the remainder of the season, and is now faced with actual conversation with his significant other. The employee whose office implemented a thirty-day remote schedule, and her idea of remote work consists of watching reruns of "The Office." The forlorn parents who, on day two of schools being closed, are ready to send all of their children back to school.

How Are You Spending Your Covid-vacation?

At the Firm, we are into week number two of working remotely. The Firm is holding up to the self-imposed stress test well. Since we announced our complete conversion, all the court's have closed except for essential services and some have even shifted into video conferencing of their hearings, though on a greatly reduced basis. Several of our attorneys have successfully engaged in remote mediations, assisted by forward thinking mediators and equally adventurous opposing counsels. We still hold our daily Firm meetings (though now via Zoom) and still help out existing clients and new clients every day as they now come in through our virtual door.

King Solomon and COVID19

Many of you are familiar with the Old Testament story of King Solomon. Two women were claiming to be the mother of the same child. King Solomon was called to decide the issue. He announced that he would cut the baby in half and each woman would receive one-half. The imposter mother consented to this result. The real mother begged that the sword be put away and that the child be given to the other woman to spare the child's life. Having discerned the women's true feelings towards the child, the real mother kept her child. As you can imagine, this reference comes up a lot in the practice of family law and we reference it a lot with wise judges who are using the parties' own actions and deeds to determine who sincerely and genuinely cares about a child's best interests.

Compelling reasons to try to work out a divorce settlement

The decision to end your marriage started a sequence of events that you hope ends with you starting a new life with as much financial and emotional stability as possible. However, you and your future former spouse are struggling to figure out how to best resolve your issues.

On Time

I was at the birthday party of a young child in my family yesterday. The little guy turned two years old. Over and over throughout the day you heard the refrain "Can you believe it's been two years already?!?" That refrain will be heard annually on his birthdays and for him, while it will seem to be forever for his next birthday and to be another year older, for the adults who love him, each year goes quicker than the last.

Coronavirus and Family Law

It isn't too soon to be thinking about the potential impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on family law issues. Perhaps certain authorities are correct and we have nothing to worry about or perhaps the experience of other countries is a guide to what is to come for us. In that case, to be responsible, we have some planning to do.

Corona Virus and Family Law

It isn't too soon to be thinking about the potential impact of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) on family law issues. Perhaps certain authorities are correct and we have nothing to worry about or perhaps the experience of other countries is a guide to what is to come for us. In that case, to be responsible, we have some planning to do.

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