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Time Heals

Time Heals Find An Alternative Way To Divorce I’ve said it so many times . . . there is magic in the collaborative process. Unlike during my vast experience in litigation, I witness magic often in my collaborative cases. Take my recent collaboration in which I represented Jessica. During a heated argument, her husband, Mike…

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Ten Bedtime Habits for Success

Ten Bedtime Habits for Success Are You Spending Quality Time Together? Are there things you can say to or do with your partner before bed that will bring you closer, other than the obvious? As you wind down your day, this is really a good time to reconnect with your spouse. Dinner’s over. Baths are…

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Ten Morning Routines to Ensure Marital Bliss

Ten Morning Routines to Ensure Marital Bliss A Quality Morning Most people don’t think of their morning routines as valuable time to bond with their significant others. Why not? Feel like you don’t have time? Always in a rush in the mornings? Too little time already to get the kids ready for school? Too busy…

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Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents’ Rights The Fight for Grandparents’ Visitation Rights Should grandparents have visitation rights to their grandchildren? Many say they should. After all, a divorce limits both parents’ time with their shared children, and this can therefore mean that a grandparent, who once was close to her grandchildren, is denied any relationship with them at all.…

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Create a Family Mission Statement to Strengthen Your Relationship

Create a Family Mission Statement to Strengthen Your Relationship Mission Possible, Your Family A family mission statement is a description of a family’s reason for existing. It explains your family’s purpose, goals, and standards. Your family mission statement should be a unified expression of all the members of your family. Sharing a vision bonds people.…

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Navigating the First Right of Refusal

One of the hardest concepts for me to grasp during my divorce was the first right of refusal, also sometimes called the right of first refusal. This is the rule that the timesharing parent, if called away from the kids for a specified period of time, must offer the other parent the opportunity to spend…

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Why Are We So Stressed? Floridian’s Stress Levels Rank High.

  Floridians’ Stress Levels Rank High Among U.S. States   According to a recent study by WalletHub, Florida is the 11th most stressed state in the country. But there’s more to this story. In determining stress levels, researchers analyzed the following criteria: average hours of work per week, the percentage of adults getting adequate sleep,…

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No Kids, Thanks

I’ve never wanted children, as far back as I can recall. As a kid, I did play with names for “my twins,” like Dennis and Denise, Michael and Michaela, and Joseph and Josephine. And I played with dolls, but never as though they were my children, rather as though they were me and my sisters,…

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Don’t Divorce Like Your Parents Did

When a judge makes the decisions about your family and finances, everyone loses. My parents divorced during a time when the courts granted mothers “custody,” as it was called then, and fathers were permitted to “visit” with their children every other weekend. There was even a term for treating mothers in such a preferential manner;…

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Pet Custody

But Who Gets Fido? According to Louis Sabin, “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” As more and more people adopt this thinking, state laws begin to catch up with the rest of us. Pet Custody The 2017-2018 edition of the Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook,…

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Just Because Your Marriage Doesn’t Work Doesn’t Mean Your Family Can’t

Just Because Your Marriage Doesn’t Work Doesn’t Mean Your Family Can’t Restructure Your Family, Don’t Destroy It Sadly, over 50% of all marriages end in divorce. But just because your romantic relationship has ended doesn’t mean that your family is doomed. Consider your divorce as a restructuring of your family, and not as its destruction.…

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Social Media Prenup

Social Media Prenup Social Media Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements I had an interesting consultation this morning. I thought that we were just meeting to discuss my preparation of a fairly standard prenuptial agreement. However, the young woman asked that we include a “social media clause” in her prenup. While I have read several articles recently…

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