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Charting A New Direction After A Divorce Or Custody Battle

Maps are wonderful tools. No matter where you are, you can see which direction to take to get to where you want to be. Whether it is a specific destination or more of a region, your map will get you there. They say life is a journey. That must mean that everyone’s going somewhere. After a tumultuous ordeal, like a divorce or a custody battle, it’s very tempting to turn on the proverbial autopilot and just coast. …

Can My Kids Testify in My Custody Case?

I am often asked by my clients if their children can testify in their divorce case. This is turn results in a lengthy answer. It often hinges on the age of the child, and the nature of what the child would testify to. Before I tell my client their options, I first explain to my client that just because a child testifies or expresses his or her wishes to the court, that does not mean that he …

Deion Sanders Fights For Fulltime Fatherhood

Hall of Famer and NFL Analyst, Deion Sanders, has been in a battle far more intense than anything he ever experienced on the grid iron. Deion claims that disparaging remarks posted by estranged wife, Pilar Sanders, have cost him between $500,000 and $750,000 in endorsements. “It damages when someone’s lying, especially about spousal abuse.” Deion exclaimed from the witness stand. “My income has gone down tremendously. I can’t afford this mess.” Furthermore, Deion is questioning …

Can You Get High? Custody & Marijuana

Can you get high? Your custody case and marijuana: The short answer is yes, you can get high and still be granted parenting time with your kids. But just because it is legal, does not mean a high parent is a good parent. I find that the Courts are treating marijuana similarly to alcohol. Yes it is legal, but you shouldn’t be drunk around your kids. So just like you shouldn’t be drunk around your …

Disabled Parents Face Child Custody Challenges

It is human nature to be biased against what is not comprehended. People have made some poor choices in life just because they knew little or nothing about the alternative. It is from this mindset that so many disabled people are prejudged before they are understood. Their limitations are noticed long before their talents and capabilities are discovered. As a result, countless parents have found themselves in drawn out custody battles. Despite the passing of …

A Plan To Help Our U.S. Military Fight For Child Custody

Brave men and women have devoted their life to serving our country in the U.S. military. They are deployed to stations all over the world for months at a time, leaving behind those they love most. The pain is bad enough for military families that are intact. Single parents that serve our country have yet another obstacle. Serving in our military has caused some to lose legal rights to their children. Family law varies from …

Give Yourself A Gift: Avoid A Holiday Custody Battle

Nothing brings out a sense of family like the holidays. People travel to be together and enjoy lots of delicious food. Good times. It can also be a time of great frustration if custody arrangements are not agreed to or adhered to by both parents. Now is the time to confirm and finalize all details – before the hustle and bustle gets in full swing. And remember that consideration and compromise are the name of the game. …

Judge Rules Halle Berry’s Daughter To Stay In USA

On Friday, November 9, a judge ruled against Halle Berry moving four-year-old Nahla to France with fiancé Olivier Martinez. This was a great victory for ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, and the latest twist in the ongoing saga. Halle first sought the counsel of a divorce attorney and started making custody arrangements when Nahla was two. And though things looked like they were turning in Halle’s favor, her plans to jet off with Nahla have been grounded. Halle’s earlier victories include …

Ariel Winter’s Mom Will Fight For Her Daughter

Over a month has passed since “Modern Family” star, Ariel Winter, was removed from her mother’s custody due to claims of physical and mental abuse. Ariel’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, vehemently denies the charges and has made some accusations of her own. Allegedly this real-life drama started when Chrisoula walked in to see fourteen-yea-old Ariel and her eighteen-year-old boyfriend in the guest bedroom. Fanning the flame of this family feud was Ariel’s older sister and temporary guardian, Shanelle …

Kids Grow Older, Schedules and Lives Evolve

After the court has made final orders as to parenting time, the facts and circumstances of the lives of the parties and children continue to change. Oftentimes parties outgrow a custody order because of many factors that could not have been contemplated 2 or 5 or 10 years earlier. Children develop hobbies, special interests, and special needs that require changes in schools, doctors, neighborhoods, etc. and parents are required to be flexible in dealing with their children’s needs …

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