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Family Law and the Hollywood Drama

I love "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life," both great progressive, humanitarian dramas about "finding your religion" at Christmastime. Both are meaningful and life affirming. While both of the protagonists in those stories reach their epiphanies and help their fellow man, they only get there after tremendous drama. Perhaps one needs drama to reach an epiphany.

Family Law: How's That Working For You?

A while back, I was consulting with a guy about an appeal who had been absolutely railroaded by the trial judge. The guy had filed a contempt against his ex for frustrating his visitation rights and had asked the judge to modify those rights to expand them a little more. At the end of his case, the judge denied the guy's contempt and restricted his visitation rights a bit further. It seemed that family law was being anything but just to this poor soul.

Family Law: The Truth Shall Set You Free

Your case begins before the filing, before a consult, before you even contemplate filing for divorce. A case begins when a relationship starts, when a child is born, when you take a job, or buy a house. A case is born in the actions you take (what we call the facts of the case). We, as your family law advocate, rely on those facts, and those facts come from you. We rely on the truth, or what you tell us is the truth. We rely on you.

Defending Against the Ridiculous in Family Law

I like reason and logic. I'm attracted to reason and logic. I abhor the unreasonable and the illogical. As a result, I typically attract reasonable and logical people who want to be my Family Law clients because, well, they like reason and logic, too. And often, the other party tends to be reasonable and logical because, well, people who are reasonable and logical tend to attract reasonable and logical people to marry. Sometimes, reason and logic continue to rule the day and families find their ways through the court system in such a way that results in healthy new family dynamics.

Family Law: Everyone Snaps

Everyone has a breaking point. You might be farther down the scale toward harder to break, but you are still on that scale. You can be broken. In family law, we are always concerned about where our clients and the opposing parties fall on that scale because we know that everyone snaps.

Family Law: College, the Expense is Too Dear.

When we think about raising kids, college expenses seem to be "the end of the road," one of the last hurdles to overcome in financially supporting the children. That is, of course, if you don't plan to pay for a big wedding. Family Law plays a role here, as well.

Family Law: the Bigger, the Better

Big houses. Big cars. Big muscles. Many of us strive to acquire bigger possessions in life. To many, the size of such possessions may be a symbol of wealth and status. Or it may just be a personal preference. Whatever the reason is, this trend certainly exists in the modern society. But in Family Law?

What to Disclose When You're Disclosing

There's an old saying I often hear thrown around: "you should never lie to your doctor or your lawyer". And in my experience, this is often true. Since I was a counselor in my prior life, I'd also add "therapist" to that list as well, but that's a different blog post.

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