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Family Law Blog

What to Ask a Divorce Lawyer: Important Questions When a Divorce Involves Alcohol and Children
April 25, 2022
What to Ask a Divorce Lawyer: Important Questions When a Divorce Involves Alcohol and Children
Enough. You have reached the point of no return. And the children have seen more than their fair share. Finally, you or your spouse has broached the subject of divorce. What’s next? When children are involved, moving forward with the divorce process requires careful planning and consideration. Whether you hire a lawyer or go it alone, consult with an experienced divorce lawyer before commencing an action for divorce. However, when alcohol is a factor in a divorce that involves children, bear in mind that you are not simply consulting with a divorce attorney to protect your interests. You are interviewing a professional whose navigation of the legal system is laying the foundation for your new life and your children’s. Make it count.
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How to Find a Divorce Lawyer: Navigating the Contested Divorce Process Requires an Experienced Attorney
February 9, 2022
How to Find a Good Divorce Lawyer
It's always a sad day when parents, who once loved each other, can no longer be together. When a marriage ends, it's not only the couple that experiences loss. The children do too. When your family breaks apart, everyone is forced to adjust to a new life, and, as a result, there will be times when you have to deal with a variety of issues that come up because of the breakup. Minimizing these factors makes retaining an experienced divorce lawyer you can trust, who understands your specific situation and is sensitive to the nuances of your conflict (inside and outside the courtroom), a crucial next step.
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The Importance of a Concerned Party in Self-Represented Custody Cases Involving Substance Abuse
December 23, 2021
The Importance of a Concerned Party in Self-Represented Custody Cases Involving Substance Abuse
What does it mean to be a parent? While some people may argue it’s purely biological, anyone who has held the role knows it goes far beyond nature. A parent’s responsibility is to nurture, provide, and above all else, protect, even if it means shielding their little ones from themselves. One in 10 children is exposed to substance abuse.
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Alcohol and Parenting Time: Why Proving Sobriety is Crucial
December 2, 2021
Alcohol and Parenting Time: Why Proving Sobriety is Crucial
Americans are drinking more heavily than a decade ago. In today’s culture, people drink to celebrate life events, calm their nerves at social functions, and unwind after a long stressful day. But as demonstrated most recently during the pandemic, an increasing number of people are also using alcohol during parenting time. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 7 million children under age 17 live with a parent who suffers from alcohol addiction.
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Prioritizing Children’s Emotional Health in Alcohol Abuse Cases
October 13, 2021
Why Making a Child's Emotion Health is Important in Alcohol Abuse Cases
Every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment. While most people would echo this philosophy, exercising this in child custody and alcohol cases can be a steep battle. Add a global pandemic, a tumultuous co-parenting relationship, and false-positive results to the equation, and what constitutes “in the best interest of the child” becomes far less defined.
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Alcohol Monitoring for Millennial Co-Parents: How New Technology Can Make Divorce a Little Easier
September 9, 2021
Mom and daughter making heart shape with joined hands
Much has been said of the generation born between 1981 and 1996. Millennials dethroned Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation in recent years, and compared to Boomers and Gen Xers, they’ve thoroughly embraced a digital footprint from a young age. Many Millennials own smartphones and use them to stay connected to the world and its many inhabitants. Millennials are active on social media and utilize apps for everything from productivity to guided meditation and exercise regimens.
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Remote Monitoring: Embracing Technology to Cultivate a Generation of Improved Child-Parent Relationships
August 24, 2021
Man reviewing Compliant Soberlink Test on cell phone
Technology has impacted nearly every area of our lives. As telecommunications continue to advance and change, they can improve relationships between children and their parents in explicit and ancillary ways. Families can benefit from broader communication styles and new activities through the use of technology and embracing it as a solution for challenging issues.
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Alcohol Abuse in Custody Cases
July 9, 2021
Custody and Alcohol
Child custody can be a contentious issue in even the most amicable of divorces. The problem only worsens when alcohol abuse or misuse is involved. Generally, these issues manifest in one of three ways...
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Step-Children and Step-Parents: A Guide to Building a Healthier Household Amidst Alcohol Abuse
July 7, 2021
Step-mother with arms around step-children
Alcohol abuse affects more than just the individual — It impacts their loved ones as well. The children of parents dealing with alcohol abuse are more at risk for behavioral problems and developing difficulties themselves. Children are very perceptive and quick to pick up on their caregivers’ unhealthy behaviors, whether they are biological parents or not. For this reason, both parents and step-parents suffering from alcohol abuse should take all measures necessary to prevent relapse and rebuild trust.
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Why Lawyers are Using Alcohol Monitoring to Protect Clients Accused of Alcohol Abuse
June 18, 2021
Woman carrying her young daughter on her back.
No matter the circumstances surrounding the end of a marriage, separating is often difficult, and tensions and emotions usually run high. When allegations of alcohol use arise, it can be particularly challenging to differentiate truth and hearsay without concrete evidence.
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