Child Custody is about Deciding Who You Are…Not What You Do

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Child Custody is about Deciding Who You Are…Not What You Do

There’s a big difference between saying “I quit smoking” and “I’m not a smoker.” Especially in DHR cases, you can’t be effective in your Child Custody case by checking boxes. It’s about deciding who you are and the decisions and actions that flow out of that. ~ Are you the kind of person who is […]

The Benefit of Small Victories in Child Custody…

When you want your kids with you so badly in a #ChildCustody case, it’s easy to focus so much thought and energy on the “BIG WIN” that you take for granted the million little ways to make your situation just a little bit better for you and the kids. Here’s 3 things to appreciate about […]

Quick Tips for Dealing with the GAL in your DHR Child Custody Case…

If you’re dealing with DHR and there is an active custody case in the Juvenile Court system, Alabama law mandates that a Guardian ad Litem, “GAL” (pronounced /jē/ • /ā/ • /el/), be appointed. For practical purposes, think of the GAL as a lawyer for the child or children involved, just like your lawyer. DO […]

What Poker can Teach Us about Child Custody and Co-Parenting…

There’s a lot less causation in our world than we think. There are questionable decisions that work out and there are conservative, rational decisions that blow up in our face. We get that, generally… But for some reason, in Child Custody, a sphere of human activity with even more chaos than usual, we think if […]

Attorney-Client Privilege in Child Custody…

What is the Attorney-Client Privilege in #ChildCustody cases and where does it come from? ~ We’ve all heard that honesty is the best policy. You have to be honest with your doctor and counselors to get the treatment you need. You also have to be honest with your #ChildCustody lawyers to get the advice and […]

In Child Custody, Give Credit Where Credit is Due…

Quick #ChildCustody Tip on a #FoxtrotFriday…but it’s a tricky one and requires just a little perspective and self awareness. Can you testify to one thing the Other Side does well to serve your children? Or one thing that you, yourself, could improve on in your parenting? Giving credit where credit is due and conceding room […]

Do You Have an Appointment with Your Kids in Child Custody and Co-Parenting?

Do you Have an appointment with your kids in #childcustody and #coparenting? Court hearings are set by appointment; that’s called due process and it’s important enough to be in the United States Constitution. Why not have specified times and days for  your Facetime or your phone call with your kids? “Because adults ought to be […]

What is the hardest question to answer in Child Custody cases?

And I know it’s a sensitive question, especially these days… Do you have a job right now? That’s a yes or no question. It’s also probably the #1 question we can’t get a straight answer to in a courtroom, and understandably so, but we are 100% on your team without judgment. We know what we’re […]

You Have Your Permission to XYZ in Your Child Custody Case…

On this #FoxtrotFriday, you have my permission to be happy and hopeful.  Did you know that getting permission from someone, it could literally be anyone, can significantly increase one’s ability to find peace and joy in whatever they’re “getting permission” to do? Even better, you can give yourself permission. What important decisions or activities are […]

Quick Tip – Take Pictures of Your Order / Paperwork with your Phone

I have seen folks schlep into our office dragging three kids less than the age of 5 all the while lugging a thick binder full of any court document they’ve come across in the last however many years they’ve been dealing with a Child Custody and Co-Parenting case. (On the other hand, a good many […]