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Nesting

Everyone knows what “nesting” means in the context of being pregnant, but what does it mean in the context of custody? By definition, a bird’s nest custody arrangement is a shared physical custody schedule, whereby, children...more

5 Important Estate Planning Lessons for Parents in Manchester by the Sea

When released in late 2016, Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, received nearly unanimous critical acclaim for exploring themes related to family, personal tragedy, and grief. For...more

Why Having A “Gifted” Child In NJ May Cost You More Child Support

by Cozen O'Connor on

The benefits of enrolling children in extracurricular activities are endless. Not only do they learn how to play a sport or musical instrument, but also soft skills and valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, the importance...more

What We Can Learn From the Brangelina Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

I was asked to comment on television about the hottest news, the Brangelina divorce. If you haven’t heard, another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing after 2 years of marriage and twelve years of...more

It’s Back to School Time Again!

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, Despite the oppressive heat, it’s almost back to school time again. By this point in the summer most parents are pretty ready for school to begin. One of the best ways to make the school year smoother for your...more

Joint Custody and Legal Decision Making

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Hull v. Wesley the Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed legal decision-making for children in the context of pain medication. These medications were taken during the pregnancy. The child was born...more

Parenting Coordinator Rule Change | Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Divorced parents often remain in conflict, even for years after the divorce is finalized. Sometimes this animosity fuels years of “post-decree” battling over custodial issues. In many high conflict cases, a judge would...more

Mediation and Parent Coordination Work

I am a true believer in mediation. It is honest, creative and raw. In mediation the parties are involved in their end result and can do things that a judge may not do. This week I served as a mediator and at the beginning of...more

Ashley Madison, meet the kids: infidelity and divorce

The recent Ashley Madison breach exposed millions of users who’d signed up to the site, believing they were doing so with full anonymity. Social media and news outlets helped fuel a storm that will not soon be forgotten. In...more

3 Steps to Make the Divorce Process as Painless as Possible

1. Speak with an attorney first. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, complicated legal issues, separate and apart from just the dissolution of the marriage are implicated. It is a very...more

Parenting Post-Divorce

by Jaburg Wilk on

It is frequently a challenge to co-parent after the conclusion of a divorce proceeding. After all, divorcing parents have often just concluded divorce litigation – replete with allegations of wrong doing – and frequently...more

Family Law: Special Considerations When Representing Professional Athletes

by Lewitt Hackman on

While we await news of Tom Brady's Deflate-Gate appeal, the National Basketball Association playoffs coming up fast, and the latest hints that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian may not follow through with their divorce after...more

Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean? [Video]

These are some points the judges consider when decided Parenting Time. • Courts prefer 50/50 • Model parenting plan often not used • Factors: > Relationship of the child and parents > Children and...more

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow...more

Spring Break and Shared Parenting

It’s a beautiful day in Central Florida and spring break is in full swing! The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and the beach is calling your name! Typically, parents alternate the week of spring break from year to...more

More Than Surviving A Divorce With Children: The Benefits of Co-Parent Counseling

by McManis Faulkner on

Co-parent counseling: counseling focused on assisting parents in the process of sharing responsibility for raising children in an environment that promotes healing, cooperation and growth. As a family law attorney, I...more

Avoiding Holiday Parenting Time Disputes

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend together as a family and make lasting memories for children. Unfortunately, without fail, every holiday season I have clients call me with some sort of urgent parenting time issue....more

Parenting Plan Mediation Helps Kids

by JAMS on

Discussion about parenting plan mediation generally focuses on the people at the table – the parents. Those parents who reach agreement express satisfaction. They save time and money by avoiding further action in court. They...more

Focus - Spring 2013

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In This Issue: - IRS Audits: Understanding Criminal Rights and Risks - Amazing Clients®: Ravago: A Big Company with a Low Profile - When is a Mom not a Mom?: De Facto Parenting in Massachusetts - Can the...more

5 Tips on Co-Parenting at the Beginning of Your Divorce

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Many of you will end up being able to co-parent admirably, and this will include many of you who are struggling with the tough initial stages of working out a co-parenting arrangement. If no one is pathological, then time...more

SB 1127 - New Changes in Arizona Family Law Statutes ~ Custody is now Legal Decision-Making

As an Arizona Divorce-Family law attorney I would like to make you aware of some changes to the rules of family court. As of January 1, 2013, Arizona's laws regarding family law cases were modified under Senate Bill 1127....more

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