A Brief History of Alimony in the United States

The subject of alimony, or spousal support, can be a divisive one. Some see these legal obligations requiring one former spouse to pay the other as dated, while others believe the term should be shortened. So far, it looks like they’re here to stay. Ancient Babylon, Ecclesiastical Courts, and Fault-Based Divorces The history of alimony […]

Who Gets the Dog? The Rise of Pet Custody Battles

Divorce is always messy, especially when pets are involved. In many modern marriages, couples are having fewer children. Studies have discovered that instead millennials are choosing furry companions over children. When divorce occurs for these couples, they must consider pet custody along with all the other decisions involved with splitting up. Fur Baby Boom Millennials […]

Retirement Savings: Dividing, Managing, and Protecting Your Assets During a Divorce

While overall divorce rates across the United States are declining, the “gray divorce” rate has risen dramatically. After a lifetime of working towards a future as a couple, many individuals aged 50+ face difficult decisions regarding equitably dividing retirement assets and keeping some of the tarnish off the golden years. As with any division of […]

Take the Stress Out of Your Holiday Visitation Schedule

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with your loved ones. It’s when you get to create beautiful memories, reminisce about shared experiences, and reconnect with one another. When you’re a parent, this time of year has its own special magic that you want to share with your children. The holidays are full of […]

Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Current statistics have found that around 39 percent of marriages will end in divorce. Divorce is a tricky reality that many people face. Divorce is not something that can be taken lightly and is something that is very difficult to handle on your own. It may seem like a straightforward process, but there are many […]

Preparing for Your Child Custody Hearing

A child custody hearing can make any parent nervous. So much depends on the outcome for you and your family. However, thoughtful preparation ahead of time can help you alleviate nerves and put your best foot forward during the proceedings.  Preparing clients for hearings is an important part of an attorney’s role. Before scheduled court […]

How Divorce Impacts Kids at Every Age

Announcing a divorce to your child is no easy feat. How they respond and the proper methods of breaking the news vary by age and life circumstance. Here we’ll take a look at how divorce impacts children at critical age groups and how to talk them about divorce in an effective way. Under Five At […]

Non-Biological Parental Rights

Parental rights are the inherent rights of parents to raise their children and make important decisions about their upbringing and they assume those parental rights for any child born to them. But there are increasingly diverse parent child situations that exist in modern families today: children born to unmarried parents, adopted children, surrogate mothers, anonymous sperm […]

Understanding Non-Parent Visitation Rights

Families come in all types and sizes. When yours is complex and a parent or guardian is in custody of a child you have a relationship with, it can be emotionally difficult. In some cases, you won’t have a say over when you get to visit the child. However, there are some specific things you can […]

Understanding the Difference Between Sole Legal Custody and Sole Physical Custody

During divorce proceedings, many parents report that they would prefer to get sole legal decision making (custody) of their child or children. But what does this mean? What are the ramifications and likelihood of achieving this outcome? Defining “Sole Legal Decision Making/Custody” and “Sole Physical Custody” First of all, it’s important to understand that there […]