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October 2, 2019

Inevitably, unless a case is quick and uncontested, there will be discovery requests.  The purpose of discovery requests is to allow the parties to gain evidence against each other and to determine what evidence the other party may use in trial.  Discovery requests can...

March 27, 2019

Every lawyer currently practicing family law has those one or two, or a few dozen, cases in which the parties are at each other’s throats.   I’m going to go out on a limb here, and speak for the entire profession when I say: high conflict parties aren’t doing themselve...

August 20, 2018

Minor children do not get to control where they live, or who they live with.  It does not matter how mature your twelve-year-old may be, if your five-year old throws a tantrum during every parenting exchange, or if your seventeen-year-old already has his or her bags pa...

June 22, 2018

There seems to be some confusion out there about a parent’s rights to his or her child when someone else has guardianship over that child.  Guardianship and adoption are similar is some ways, as someone other than the biological parent, whether it be a family member or...

May 31, 2018

A common question for many family law practitioners is, “When does my child support obligation end?” 

Child support is money paid by the non-residential parent to the residential parent to aid in the financial support of the parents’ children.  The Courts base child sup...

May 17, 2018

One of the biggest concerns I hear from prospective clients is, “Will I have to go to Court?”   For whatever reason, many people are terrified of the idea of going into the courtroom.   It’s understandable: everyone’s looking at you, everything you say is recorded, the...

February 28, 2018

When I hear a parent saying that they lost their rights to their child, my first thought is always that the state took custody or the child was adopted; as those are the only ways a parent can lose their rights over a child. Even when a parent elects a guardian for the...

February 27, 2018

I am often asked if one parent can sign over his or her rights to a child.  Usually, this question comes when either the noncustodial parent has had little involvement with the child, or would like less responsibility regarding the child; or, when the custodial parent...

February 26, 2018

There’s a lot of misunderstanding out there about whether or not a parent can lose or voluntarily sign over rights to his or her child.  Parental rights can only be severed when there is someone available to take the parent’s place.  The rule of law in family and juven...

February 7, 2018

(Full disclaimer, I am writing this post as an unmarried; and perpetually single person).

I’ve always been a big believer in marriage.  Maybe it was the church I was brought up in, but I tend to hold with the belief that marriage is a sacred institution and something no...

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