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Why The “D” Word is so Dangerous

Published on June 17, 2016, in Divorce, Family Law.

Recently I was sitting in a courtroom on recess waiting for the Judge to return. A woman began to talk to me. She was just finishing up her divorce and she was understandably upset. She began to explain that she never really wanted the divorce. As a divorce attorney that is usually the case. One

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Mediate Sooner and Save Your Mental and Financial Health

Published on April 30, 2016, in Divorce, Mediation.

Most divorce cases eventually settle. Most people probably don’t realize that but it is true. Divorce trials are not the norm. Because of this fun fact I believe that mediation in divorce or family law cases in general should happen sooner in the process instead of towards the end of the process. As it is

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Divorce Attorney Doesn’t Mean Anti-Marriage

Published on December 25, 2015, in Divorce.

I’ve never been married, therefore I have never been divorced. So I cannot say I completely understand what my clients go through when they are divorcing. I can image. I can empathize. I can listen. But I cannot say I know what it feels like. I recently purchased the Humans of New York book. Now,

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Why Divorce Selfies Are A Good Thing

Published on October 2, 2015, in Divorce.

A few years ago after finishing a divorce trial my client wanted a selfie. At first I was taken aback but then I realized that was a really good thing. A divorce is a very painful, trying, exhausting process; and if you are lucky enough to make it out still wanting a picture with your

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Think You’re Getting Half of Everything? Think Again.

Published on July 28, 2015, in Divorce.

Whenever I have a divorce client one of the first questions I get is: “I get half of everything right?” Washington is a community property state but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a 50/50 state, surprise! There are only 9 community property states: Louisiana, Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. That’s

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Was 50 Cent right? “Have a baby by me baby and be a millionaire.”

50 Cent has a song called Baby By Me Baby where the chorus goes: “Have a baby by me baby and be a millionaire.” Basically meaning that because 50 Cent is so rich having a baby by him makes the mom an instant millionaire because of the child support. Now 50 is not the only

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You Shouldn’t Fear Mediation You Should Fear Litigation

Published on October 4, 2014, in Mediation.

In the 4th grade I got appointed to the Conflict Resolution Team. We wore blue shirts and wandered the playground with clipboards looking for conflict to resolve. I don’t remember if we solved a lot of conflict but I did enjoy the idea of solving conflict. I became a certified mediator before I was lawyer.

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What If Edward and Bella Got Divorced?

Published on July 16, 2013, in Divorce.

I know it’s too painful to think about and it will never never ever happen but let’s just pretend it might. Edward and Bella do not live happily ever after. As a matter of fact they barely make it out of the honeymoon stage. Let’s take a fun (and of course hypothetical) look at our

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Does a rose called by any other name really smell as sweet? Issues to think about before changing the name of your business.

Published on June 17, 2013, in Small Business.

It is very common for people to change their name. Celebrities do it, brides do it, and athletes do it; so why not businesses? Before choosing a name for your business you spent numerous hours thinking of names, bouncing names off people, and researching similar names on the internet. When you finally decided what to

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Anything you say (or post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform) can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Published on April 15, 2013, in Divorce.

Everyone has seen enough Law & Order episodes to know the elements of Miranda Rights; or maybe you have had some personal experience having them read directly to you. Either way people know that it is in their best interest not to say anything when being arrested. But in today’s social media enhanced world should

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