“This is the judgment day for your children. It’s not about you.”

Every child custody/access litigant should read these words, from South Carolina family court judge Paul W. Garfinkel: A custody case is much different than any accident case or a criminal trial. In those cases, an attorney is only asked to prove what happened at a specific date and place. All of the events have been fixed … Continue reading “This is the judgment day for your children. It’s not about you.”

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When Scientologists divorce

ABC News looks at...wait a minute...Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced?  Why isn't this getting more media attention?!?  The divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, both bold-faced names and members of the Church of Scientology, shines a light on one aspect of their religion. For many of the world's religions, the rituals surrounding divorce … Continue reading When Scientologists divorce

"Tennessee Mother Faces Possible Jail Time For Baptizing Children," reads the headline for this story from Charlotte's CBS affiliate.  The real issue is not baptism, however, but flagrantly breaching a court order: This week the Tennessee Court of Appeals said Lauren Jarrell must face a criminal contempt hearing for violating a court order that said … Continue reading

How to ensure you don’t get custody of your children

Lawyer Jacqueline Harounian makes a list at the Huffington Post.  If the children are older it might be too late to make up for not being the primary caregiver, but her instructions should be followed to the letter: 1. Not being the primary caretaker: In most households, one parent is most responsible for caring for the … Continue reading How to ensure you don’t get custody of your children

“Surviving the Holidays After Divorce”

Marybeth Sampsel, a family lawyer in Kalispell, Montana, posted some excellent suggestions for getting through Christmas.  A sample: Keep your anger, resentment, annoyance, disgust about your ex, his sports car, his/her new love and his family, to yourself. Remember, your kids are part of both of you and when you slam your child’s other parent, your … Continue reading “Surviving the Holidays After Divorce”