Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? - Picking and Choosing Your Battles in A Family Law Case

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In a family law case it is always important to try and focus on your larger long term goals. By doing so you will achieve more favorable results in the long run, and avoid unnecessary skirmishes along the way.  You will also avoid more conflict with the opposing party.  This will not only save you attorney fees, but may result in a higher likelihood of settlement. Before rushing to the courthouse you should consider how much is … Read more »

Dating before Your Divorce is Finalized

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It happened. You or your spouse decided it is time to go your separate ways and you are ready to move on.  You suddenly realize you have so much to do now.  Time to update your Facebook relationship status, change your profile picture create a bumble account, swipe left and right for hours on end, and go out with your friends to mingle.  I mean why you shouldn’t date since the paperwork is already started? The … Read more »

Nervous About Going to Court? - Tips to Get You Through It

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If you don’t know what to say, how to say it, get nervous, or just need someone who can be your voice you should really consider hiring counsel. Your lawyer is your advocate, your shark, and in Court – your very best friend. Your lawyer has spent hundreds if not thousands of hours in the courtroom. They know the Judge, the bailiff, and know how to protect you when you need to be protected. If you have a … Read more »

Guardian Ad Litem- Child Advocate

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Appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem by the Court can be beneficial to settlement of various Custody and Timesharing disputes.   The following article provides a good perspective of the purpose and work of a Guardian Ad Litem.  I enjoy the work I do as Guardian Ad Litem and how I’m able to assist families through this process. Reprinted from the Albuquerque Journal Thursday, April 8, 2004 Guardian Ad Litem Argues for the Child … Read more »

A Guardian Ad Litem Argues for the Child


By Lisa A. Torraco-Visiting assistant professor of law-UNM School of Law Child custody cases take a toll on all people involved. This is especially true with children. There are ways to shelter children from the pains of battling parents and court fights. Of course one way is to keep the children as far from the legal proceedings as possible. This, of course, is more easily said than done. Courts and legislators recognize that children, especially young children, should not … Read more »

Military Disability Pay and Divorce


by Chris Barondeau , a divorce attorney with the Goosmann Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa. From the ABA Family Law Newsletter April, 2017. How would you describe your marriage? If you are currently considering divorce, you might say “it’s complicated.” When one spouse is receiving military disability pay, you might think this makes the divorce process complicated as well. It can be difficult to understand how military disability pay factors into your divorce. However, by obtaining basic information about the … Read more »

Praise for Adoptive Moms and Stepmoms on Mother's Day


Mother is a verb. Shared genes are optional. Denise Cummins Ph.D-from Psychology Today What do adoptive moms and stepmoms have in common? They believe that a family is a group of people who love and care for each other, and shared genes are optional. Birth Moms Nature gives birth mothers an advantage when it comes to forming emotional bonds with their children. During childbirth, both baby and mother are flooded with oxytocin—the hormone that promotes emotional bonding. Most birth mothers … Read more »

10 Most Common Reasons for Divorce


by Shellie R Warren- author, writer, marriage life coach and doula- from Marriage .com Marriage isn’t always easy and the sad reality is that not all “I do’s” end with a happily ever after no matter how much two people may love each other. It’s estimated that 40 to 50 percent of all first marriages, and 60 percent of second marriages in the United States, end in divorce. This can be hard to grasp for someone who is about … Read more »

How To Divorce Like A Grown-Up (And Co-Parent Like One, Too)


Here’s how to split up as amicably as possible. by Brittany Wong The Huffington Post The divorce process can be ugly or remarkably civil. If you’re hoping to split up amicably, it’s important to first do your homework, advised Morghan Richardson, a divorce attorney based in Astoria, New York.  “Just a little information about the start of the process can go a long way in establishing that you are using the divorce process as a tool, not a weapon,” she … Read more »

7 Must-Read Tips For New Stepparents Who Don’t Have Kids Of Their Own


by Carolin Lehman from The Huffington Post If you’re marrying a man or woman with kids and you don’t have kids of your own, it can be a serious adjustment. You’re taking on two new major life roles at once ― that of a spouse and a stepparent. We asked experienced stepparents to share their best tips for newbies who don’t quite know where to begin. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Talk to your partner about life with their kids … Read more »