What to do when a child does not want to visit

During a divorce or child custody dispute, parents may deal with situations where a child will not want to spend time with a non-custodial parent. Essentially, instances may arise where a child becomes anxious about exchanges or may be hostile about going over to the...

What is a qualified domestic relations order?

The term “marital assets” tends to bring up thoughts of the family home, the heirloom furniture, the vehicles and the joint bank accounts. However, some of the most significant marital assets are actually the spouses’ retirement accounts. Depending on a variety of...

What happens to kids when parents fight

Conflict between parents is inevitable–but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson. When I was a child, my parents’ fights could suck the oxygen out of a room. My mother verbally lashed my father, smashed jam jars, and...

What do courts consider in move away cases

It is an unfortunate, yet common part of divorce; one parent may choose to move away with the children. Sometimes a change is necessary because a parent recently receives a new job or promotion that takes them to a new city or state. In some instances, a parent may...

What acts of kindness can do for divorcees

In times like this, where we hear more about trouble and tragedy, it is good to hear about acts of kindness. These stories are encouraging reminders that people are genuinely good natured. In the middle of a divorce (and sometimes after a divorce) couples bickering...

Six tips to help children through a divorce

When many people decide to divorce, they may consider how their own lives will change, but they may not always consider how the end of a marriage may affect the children that must endure such a change.   Indeed, research suggests that some kids will have emotional and...

Seeking support modifications for back to school shopping?

Major League Baseball calls August, the “dog days of summer.” The NFL calls it “The Countdown to Kickoff.” Democrats and Republicans have their national conventions in August. For kids getting ready to go back to school, August could be torture (because of the...

Same-sex marriage (and divorce) now legal in all 50 state

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision that makes same sex marriage — and divorce — legal in all 50 states. At the time of the ruling, only 14 states still had same-sex marriage bans on their books while the rest had approved the unions....