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Take Your Best Shot

THE VACCINATION KERFUFFLE IN THE COURTROOM The New York State Bar Association Journal for April, 2019, carried an article titled “Who Calls the Shots?” No, it’s not about women film directors. It’s about legal disputes related to mandatory vaccinations. I ...
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What Happens When I File a Divorce Action?

Court Procedure in Divorce Cases We hear a lot about the emotional aspects of divorce; feelings are not just a salient feature, but for many are the dominant feature of the process. But what, exactly, is the process? It may ...
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Proper Courtroom Behavior and Attire

DON’T CANCEL OUT YOUR INVESTMENT IN LEGAL FEES BY DRESSING OR ACTING INAPPROPRIATELY A British website, judiciary.gov.uk, says “When you see a judge or magistrate sitting in court, you are actually looking at the result of 1,000 years of legal evolution.” ...
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Recordings of Children – Can they be used in court?

IS RECORDING KIDS ILLEGAL EAVESDROPPING? Lately my work in custody cases has got me focused on the use of recordings of minor children as evidence in court. It’s so easy to record anything these days; just whip out your smartphone. ...
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Legal Consultations–Fee or Free?

WHY SOME LAWYERS CHARGE A CONSULTATION FEE AND SOME DON’T We are sometimes asked why we charge a consultation fee when some attorneys give free consults.  Our reasons are rooted in the quality of a potential client’s decision-making following the ...
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Family Offense Petitions

WHAT IS A FAMILY OFFENSE PETITION AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ONE? DO YOU FEEL UNSAFE?  The breakup of a family, no matter how civil or calm, can be tense and stressful for all its members.  People ...
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Introducing Your New Love to Your Children

WHETHER, WHEN AND HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS AND YOUR NEW SIGNIFICANT OTHER You’re divorced or separated and you’re dating someone you’re serious about. You want to introduce your new partner to your children. You want this introduction to go ...
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Divorce — the legal process

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO WHAT HAPPENS IN DIVORCE Wishing you had a road map for your divorce? This article gives you the procedural basics. For purposes of this primer, we’ll assume the divorce case (called an action) is initiated by ...
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How to save money in your divorce

IF YOU LITIGATE, HERE ARE SOME MONEY-SAVING TIPS Let’s be honest: divorce costs money, and litigation is the most expensive way to do it. Here are my top 10 ways to economize in a litigated divorce: Gather as much financial ...
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