A Maine court has rejected a trial judge’s attempt to order specific punishment for children if they refused to visit a parent.  Violette v. Violette, Maine, July 30, 2015.  Because the trial judge felt that Mother was not strict enough on the children, the court ordered that if a child refused to visit with Father, […]

This is a continuation of the previous post which asks that custody evaluators change some Parenting Plan provisions that cause problems for the parents.  Many of the problems stem from holiday definitions that require the parents to have extra exchanges of the children (exchanges that can’t be done through school).   When parents have trouble at […]

Anyone who’s read this blog knows my favorite thing is to rant about problems I see in Parenting Plans.  Most of these are problems that should never have happened to the poor parents and I feel badly that the court or a parenting coordinator has to intervene to fix them after they’ve caused conflict for […]

Monday Morning Minute: Facebook Again

by Annette Burns on August 3, 2015

If a person paying alimony (spousal maintenance) has an action to modify that support paid to a former spouse on the grounds that the former spouse is being supported by someone else, Facebook postings may be admitted into evidence, in Illinois courts, as proof of that new relationship and how it affects the recipient’s need […]

Monday Morning Minute: Alienation and Relocation Presentation

June 15, 2015

Here’s a link to a presentation by Bill Eddy on Alienation and Relocation:  Helping Parents Make Decisions.   (courtesy of the Ohio Channel Media library, from a judicial education summit in April, 2014).  It’s a very nice overview about these very emotional subjects.

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CAA Training: Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Proceedings Act: Uniform Laws Commission

June 12, 2015

Here’s the Family Court (Maricopa County) Bench Resource Book 2015 – Final that was referred to in the Court Appointed Advisor training on June 12.   Thanks to those who worked so hard to compile those resources and check that links and phone information are current. This Resource Guide includes resources for domestic violence/ abuse housing […]

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Recent Articles on Divorce Topics

June 12, 2015

Just a couple of things to read in your spare time, over this fine upcoming weekend. Here’s a good article by Michael Black, CFP, CDFA about imputing income to assets in divorce actions.  (This is a PDF download) A very interesting guide on substance testing (urine and blood), including good drug listings (including generic and […]

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Complaints against Court-Appointed Custody Evaluators: A Change in the Process

June 9, 2015

Apologies in advance; this is a really long post. Arizona Revised Statute 32-2081 is called “Grounds for disciplinary action” and it covers a situation where a court litigant wants to file a board complaint against a mental health professional who was appointed in the court case.    This is usually someone appointed to do a […]

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2015 Child Support Calculator in Excel

June 6, 2015

Here’s the new 2015 Child Support Calculator, in Excel, that applies to the CS changes taking effect on July 1, 2015.

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Monday Morning Minute: The Space to Choose Your Response

May 25, 2015

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.    Viktor E. Frankl Viktor Frankl was talking about something a bit more intense than communication between separated parents, but the analogy still applies.   You will be […]

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