On the Other Side of Separation

I watch the pen in your hand as you sign the paperwork that ends our marriage. Our eyes meet briefly as I pick up the pen for my turn. Pen meets paper and that ends a decade-long commitment. Afterward, we step into the elevator in silence as we leave the lawyer’s office. Stepping out into […]

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Tax Considerations Relating To Divorce

Divorcing and divorced families can add a layer of complexity when filing their tax returns.  Below outlines some of the major items to consider and/or are often overlooked when working with someone going through a divorce or after the divorce is finalized. Picking the Right Filing Status If you are still married, you may have […]

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What Is a Trauma-Informed Lawyer?

A trauma-informed lawyer is an attorney who is trained with an understanding of trauma and its potential impact on individuals involved in the legal system. This approach recognizes that these clients and legal cases, such as family law cases, criminal proceedings, immigration issues, or other legal disputes have experienced trauma and may have unique needs, […]

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Understanding Divorce in Common Law Marriage

Common law marriage is a type of marriage that is not based on a formal ceremony or a marriage license, but rather on the couple’s behavior and how they present themselves as a married couple to society. Many believe that a couple cannot be considered in a common law marriage until they have represented themselves […]

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem, a GAL, is a court-appointed individual who is responsible for representing the best interests of a child or other vulnerable individual in a legal proceeding. The GAL is typically appointed in cases where there are concerns about the welfare or safety of the child or at-risk person, such as in cases […]

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How To Disarm A Narcissist During Divorce Mediation

Have you ever noticed how the goalpost keeps moving when dealing with a narcissist? The rules, expectations, behaviors, and conduct are consistently inconsistent. Narcissists use random and varied tactics of fear and confusion to condition their targets. The objective is to keep them from ever achieving a state of equilibrium; to render them defenseless, compliant, […]

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