Tuesday Tip: It’s All in the Timing!

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Planning Ahead Save time and avoid phone tag.  Avoid wasted money.  How, you may ask? Check with your attorney about when the best time to call would be.  Good attorneys (and even bad ones) get busy.  They have court appearances, they meet with clients, and they prepare for court and other activities. You may discover that your attorney is not …

Using Technology to Stay in Contact*

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*A soon-to-be-obsolete checklist of new tools that you can use to stay in touch with your kids and other family member. (Please help by sending your comments with new ideas!) When families split up, there’s always a challenge in staying in contact with each other. Mostly, this is an issue for parents, grandparents and children, but it can also come …

Responding to Provocation

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I have just run across a new (for me, at least) blog called the Fresh Start After Divorce Blog, run by the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children, which had some really good, practical advice and inspiration for dealing with the transition from marriage to single person. Ellen Kellner wrote a recent post entitled “How NOT to React …

Acting Your Age — Bad Tricks That Will Lead to Conflict

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Sometimes, it’s easier to act like a child than it is to accept adult responsibilities. Sometimes it’s more fun to act like a child. Usually, it doesn’t help resolve your family law issues. Sometimes we subconsciously continue to act like little kids because it’s the way we dealt with conflict in the past. The methods are not always effective, especially …

Confidentiality — Can You Keep a Secret?

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In the field of family law, many people have “situations” they would like to keep secret: embarrassing, inappropriate and sometimes illegal behavior. Unfortunately, confidentiality doesn’t necessarily cover things just because they are embarrassing, inappropriate or illegal. In fact, those activities are often ones that draw the most interest in family law cases. It is usually pretty easy to establish the …

New Year’s Resolutions: 7 Tips for Being a Better…

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Since it is the first of the new year, I will join the chorus with some New Year’s Resolutions for divorced or separated parents and others. Following these tips should help you behave better, have better discussions and keep the peace. The holidays can be a tough time for families, whether together or divided. There are many activities, financial obligations …

The Pitfalls of Modern Communication

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There are more and more ways to communicate. Sometimes we intend to communicate and sometimes we are recorded in some fashion without our knowledge. Government and businesses, as well as some private citizens, are increasingly gathering information about people, even when the people are not involved in litigation. When litigation is on-going, there is even more monitoring and recording of …