Family Law

“Why are you being nice to my ex? And why is her lawyer your friend?” Civility and Professionalism in Family Law Matters

IntroductionOne of the most challenging aspects of my job, even after almost 30 years of practice, is to manage the expectations of my clients. They are heavily influenced by their own set of friends, family and the media, believing that what they see about lawyers on American shows and movies should be the way it [...]

By |2023-07-01T13:14:51-05:00July 1st, 2023|Blogs|0 Comments

“An Honest Lawyer? – Is this Fake News?” Addressing Some of the Myths About Family Law Lawyers (or, at least about me)

As we have let go of the nasty winter weather and transition into spring, many of us wonder what the next few months will be like, so we can plan ahead. In some ways, family law clients must do the same when they have come to a point where they must decide to hire a [...]

By |2023-05-01T11:07:52-05:00May 1st, 2023|Blogs|0 Comments

I Fought the Law and The Law Won! (The Trappings of “Self-Help Remedies”)

As we turn the page on another year, many people have decided to proceed with resolving a dispute within a current or former relationship. Some will do so with the advice and representation of a lawyer, and some will not. Those who have consulted and/or hired a lawyer, to advise and guide them, may not [...]

By |2023-01-31T14:05:25-05:00January 31st, 2023|Blogs|0 Comments

Practicing Family Law at Christmas Time (To be sung to the tune of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”)

The cell phone rings, am I listening? On the line, a client is bristling. Their Christmas access has been denied, Without reason by the other side. Ugh… Practicing Family Law at Christmas Time. Gone away, is all common sense. Here to stay, is an unbillable expense. To make matters worse, He won’t stop uttering a [...]

By |2022-12-19T10:07:01-05:00December 19th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Won’t Someone Please Think of the Grandparents? (How to Get a Court Order for Contact with Your Grandchildren)

Over the years, I have heard many people say that the challenges and struggles of being a parent are finally rewarded when they become a grandparent. Being able to spoil your grandchild with love and affection, not to mention lots of food and other goodies, is part and parcel of the role of the grandparent. [...]

By |2022-11-30T08:45:39-05:00November 30th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Blurred Lines – Mistaken Relationships That Some Parents Make While in Family Law Proceedings

Over my nearly 30 years of practicing law, I have seen tens of thousands of clients, and I have heard all of their stories, their sorrows, their hopes/dreams, and their lived experiences. It can be exceedingly difficult to hear, but my role is to listen, to advise and to represent them. As challenging as it [...]

By |2022-11-01T12:58:22-05:00November 1st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

“Why Can’t I See the Judge First?” The Dispute Resolution Officer Program Explained

Introduction As the summer of 2022 comes to an end, the courts are slowly but surely returning to some sense of normalcy that existed pre-pandemic. One of the indicators of this return to normalcy is the return of, and the recent expansion of, the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Program. Although it is not yet available [...]

By |2022-09-01T11:45:24-05:00September 1st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Adventures in Travelling in a Family Law Context

There is a famous quote from Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, which says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” How profound. But I would bet that he did not have to deal with former/ex-partners or spouses who were reticent or conflictual in allowing him to go on a journey [...]

By |2022-06-30T10:08:44-05:00June 30th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Before you say “I Do” or “Let’s Move In Together”… A Lawyer’s Advice Before You Embark on Marriage or Cohabitation

IntroductionAs May turns to June in the year 2022, the “wedding season” is upon us, and with this year being the first year where Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted to allow for general attendance as in pre-Covid years, the invitations are starting to trickle in. In the past, when I would go to weddings, people [...]

By |2022-06-01T12:58:16-05:00June 1st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

“Somebody Call 911” – When to Get Police Involved in Family Law Matters (and when not to)

As we shed the winter blanket and invite spring back into our lives, people tend to go out, socialize more, relax and have fun. With the better weather upon us, sadly, in family law, we generally see an uptick in work at this time of the year. Conflicts in relationships arise at all times of [...]

By |2022-05-03T19:50:24-05:00May 3rd, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments
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