Personal Thoughts


If you are contemplating a divorce and you have children of the marriage it is MANDATORY that you and your spouse attend a Court approved parenting class prior to your final hearing date.   Your certificate of completion must be filed with the court, once you receive it bring it to your divorce attorney’s office so […]

What is a Family Law Deposition?

In the author’s opinion, the deposition is the most important fact gathering event in most family law cases. A deposition is a question and answer session conducted under oath with counsel asking questions of the other party or litigant. That means your deposition is the other attorney asking you questions, or the reverse. Typically present […]

Can I Get a Divorce Without Spending Every Dime I Have?

There are many ways to conclude a dissolution of marriage action without spending a small fortune.  The ideal situation is when you and your soon to be former spouse are in agreement about the terms of your divorce prior to filing your court case. This is common amongst litigants who understand that wanting to part […]


Dissolution of marriage actions can sometimes turn into a lengthy process.  This may leave one of the parties without the means by which to support themselves and their children.  A lengthy process may also require attention to temporary  relief issues other than financial support (alimony and child support) such as: 1) time sharing (custody and […]

Parental Alienation – How Much Can the Courts Handle?

In the simplest terms, parental alienation is a disturbance of a child’s affections toward one parent wherein the child will often view one parent as the “bad” parent and one parent as the “good”parent. A range of behaviors can manifest, in the form of psychological, emotional and physical. The effects on the family unit can […]

What and how can I change the terms of my Final Judgement?

Time moves on quickly…things change, our needs change, children grow older, as well as our abilities to meet demands change as we age. What may have been financially feasible ten years ago may not be the case now. There are many instances where a modification to a final judgement would be proper. Keep in mind, […]

Time Sharing in the Good Ol’ Summertime – A Family Law lawyers perspective

For the divorced parent with minor children, summertime is an excellent opportunity for bonding. Parents typically have large blocks of uninterrupted time without intrusions from school, extracurricular activities or the former spouse. Because there are so few summers available before children grow up, they are, in the words of American Express, “Priceless.” As a parent […]