No reason to drop your kids off in East Jabip. Midpoint dropoffs make no sense.

Posted September 30th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


I don’t know why this is, but many parents involved in custody and visitation plans like to meet halfway between their homes for the dropoff or pickup of the children. They meet at convenience stores, shopping centers, rest stops on the highway and even police stations to deliver the children. Don’t do this! Midpoint dropoffs […]

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Compare schools before you announce plans to relocate

Posted September 29th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


One of the fatal flaws parents make in a custody case is to announce suddenly that they wish to relocate with the children to another state. A “For Sale” sign goes up in the front yard, and the non-custodial parent is caught off-guard. Within days, there’s an emergency motion in court, trying to prevent the […]

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Give immediate notice to other parent of children’s hospital visits and other emergencies.

Posted September 28th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


Tell me if you’ve experienced anything like this: A parent takes a child on an outing at a local amusement park. While there, the child falls and suffers a severe laceration of his leg. The child is rushed to the hospital, where the parent spends six hours with him, as emergency room physicians and orthopedists […]

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Pick a Third-Party Decision-Maker to Avoid Unnecessary Trips to the Courthouse

Posted September 27th, 2016.

Categories: Custody Tips, Divorce, Family Law.


Once in awhile, a mother and a father find themselves unable to settle even the most routine custody and parenting time issues. Who will drive the children to recital? What time must they be turned over on Christmas Day? Where will Bobby spend his birthday? Why can’t Suzie spend Father’s Day with her Dad? Of […]

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Does your house pass the household checklist?

Posted September 26th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


If I were to walk into your house, taking notes about my observations, what would I have to say about your children and about the way they are being raised? What information and inferences would I walk away with after an hour-long tour of your home? These are important questions to consider, especially if your […]

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Never text a tantrum or email your anger.

Posted September 25th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


Too often, parents let their anger escape when they dispatch a nasty, visceral email or text message to their ex-husband or ex-wife, over a parenting issue. They snipe at each other on line: “I would prefer if you wouldn’t have that so-called girlfriend with you next time you pick up the kids.” “Why don’t you spend […]

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Come out of the dark ages. Start using an online custody calendar program.

Posted September 24th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


If you’re still marking up your calendar the old-fashioned way with custody and visitation dates, wake up. Times have changed!  It’s time to come out of the dark ages and start using an online custody calendar program. Not every family will benefit from such a program, but many families can use online calendar and visitation […]

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Don’t move out too soon. It’s harder to fight for custody and visitation after you’ve left the house.

Posted September 23rd, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


Here’s a typical sequence of events: The marriage explodes in a final showdown. Father moves out. Mother stays behind in the marital home with the two children. When things settle down a week later, the parties exchange some emails and phone calls. Father wants to see the kids; Mother wants to see some financial support. […]

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Hire a social worker as your private investigator, to ferret out valuable custody evidence.

Posted September 22nd, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


If your child custody case could benefit from the services of a private investigator, think about hiring a social worker instead. A licensed social worker can often double as a private eye while bringing valuable interviewing and observational skills to the task. Social workers usually do not charge unreasonable fees. While they don’t have the […]

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Document drug and alcohol use by other parent both before and after breakup.

Posted September 21st, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.


Many divorces and custody cases these days are driven by alcohol and substance abuse issues. If your relationship has been defined or destroyed by excessive drinking or drug usage, then it will undoubtedly affect the nature of your child custody and parenting time case. Often, a parent’s substance abuse is so severe that he or […]

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