Vocational Forensics in Family Law Cases

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By Julie Sawyer-Little When Sharon and Frank Smith got married, they agreed she would keep her well-compensated, highly skilled job to pay for Frank to go to medical school. Then she would become a stay-at-home mom when they started a family. Sharon and Frank are now getting a divorce. Their attorneys need to come up with a plan for her …

New Study Reveals Best Results for Parental Time Allocation

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by Robert Mues Couples with children who end up divorcing know that parenting time is often a source of contention. Historically, mothers were often awarded more time with the children, especially when it came to overnights. However, new research may make these types of arrangements a thing of the past. A recent study published in the American Psychological Association Journal …

How Does Divorce Impact My Business?

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by Ronna L. DeLoe, Esq. If you intend to file for divorce or if your spouse is thinking of getting divorced, you are going to worry about the business you own. After all, you spent a lot of time making it successful and you don’t want to end up with your ex as your partner. What does divorce do to affect …

Bashing Your Ex is Bad for Your Children

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By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT We all do it from time to time. Make a sarcastic comment about our ex, criticize something they did or didn’t do, gesture or grimace our faces when referring to our former spouse. When we do it in front of, near or within hearing distance of our children, we set ourselves up for a hornet’s nest …

Social Media Can Be Bad For A Divorce

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by Eric Meredith The overuse of social media can have a negative impact on court proceedings as well as a person’s emotional well-being. Because a divorce is an emotionally difficult time, a person may be tempted to write negative comments on social media that could later be used in a courtroom by the other party. Social media pages like Facebook …

Grandparent Custody & Visitation Issues

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by Justia Children often form emotional bonds with their grandparents. It can be difficult to preserve these relationships when the marriage of the children’s parents falls apart. Grandparents who are close to a child can request a court order granting them visitation rights. Courts in many states rely only on the best interests of a child when deciding whether to …

Build a Positive Relationship with Your Stepkids

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By Terry Gaspard MSW, LICSW Most of the stepparents who contact me for support tell me they had no idea what they were getting into. One stepdad, Steve, put it this way, “I was never a father before, and at the ripe “young” age of 42, I was thinking that I was somehow going to “get by” and become accepted …

Ensure Your High Asset Divorce Does Not Equal a High-Conflict Divorce

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by Ben Stevens After watching shows like The Kardashians or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it’s no wonder that the general public believes that the more property or money you have, the more contentious and expensive a divorce will be. However, not every high asset divorce has to be that way. In fact, by following some of these tips, it’s possible to …

The Serious Consequences of Parental Alienation

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by Andrew Feldstein Although an older child’s wishes not to be in the care of or have access to one parent may have been influenced by an alienating parent, they are still the child’s views and preferences. Enforcing a custody order against such wishes, particularly in the case of older children, is very difficult, and may not be consistent with …

The Prenuptial Agreement Sunset Clause

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by STEVE FRITSCH A prenuptial agreement is generally designed to protect the assets of the partner who has more wealth than the other from a quick divorce and resulting loss of property. While this agreement does work, spouses who stay married for years or decades could be held to the prenuptial agreement long after the initial worrying period has passed. For …