From Tolstoy to Nina Simone

A Few Thoughts About the Freed Marcroft Process I just came back from three days of intensive business seminars exploring ways for us to run Freed Marcroft as efficiently and client-friendly as possible. The theme for the long weekend was . . .  freedom. At 9:13 on a blistering hot Saturday morning in Orlando, I started thinking about freedom and our clients and how we move through the family law process Read More

Social Media & Family Law

First, enjoy this short, award winning 1950's style PSA video. https://youtu.be/iROYzrm5SBM Clever, funny, and also right on the nose - things do have a way of spiraling out of control across the social media spectrum. We bring this up to illustrate in the most fun way we can think of while still grabbing your attention, that when it comes to being involved in a family law matter - any family law matter - Read More

World Cup Wrap-up (with a family law bent)

A Twitter friend of ours, Francesca, sent the Tweet to the left after Ronaldo and Portugal exited the World Cup a week or so ago virtually simultaneously with Messi’s Argentina. For those who don’t follow ‘football’ Messi and Ronaldo are just about the consensus two best players in the world, have been for over a decade. We were originally going to write a quick Facebook post about this, then decided, about two Read More

Photographs and Family Law

Here’s something that occurred to us as the graduation season wrapped up and the wedding season took over. You’ve all seen photos like the one above. A player is missing for a championship team's photo shoot, so they add the time-honored circular photo insert. It’s been done since photography was invented, it’s just a lot easier now with Photoshop and smart phones. It doesn’t have to be a team picture, you see Read More

The Fourth of July and Founding Family Law

Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate the birth of the United States, we thought we’d take a moment to acknowledge a few of the Founding Families . . .  because family law issues are hardly new. Doubt that? Then consider this – Benjamin Franklin was an up-and-coming printer/scientist and polymorph of the first order when he met Deborah Read in Philadelphia in 1723. He was smitten but the draw of living in Read More

President Trump, Stress, Same Sex Parents, and How We Can Help

The average number of calls we received from same sex parents asking about adopting their children tripled last week.  Sadly we weren't really surprised -- the general political climate combined with last week's news of the separation of parents from their children at the borders and the announcement of  Justice Kennedy's retirement has made many of us upset and anxious.  We are especially mindful that many same Read More

A Quick Explanation About Our Divorce Comment

After our blog post about the ubiquitous Arnie Becker a few weeks back, more than a few readers asked us what we meant by the ‘unctuous’ lawyers on HBO’s Divorce. Fair question, so let’s review how and where the lawyers first appeared in Divorce. It was deep into the first season, our two protagonists, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Hayden Church) were estranged and contemplating divorce. They Read More

Strong in the Broken Places

Two weeks ago, within three days, three very – very! – different shows, Legion, Billions, and Grey’s Anatomy, invoked the same Hemingway quote as significant plot devices. The quote, from A Farewell to Arms: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” You’ve probably seen – or heard – this quote often. It tends to pop up wherever and whenever there’s an event – real or Read More

There Are Pieces Of You You’ve Never Seen.

Last night Kristen and I were out on our balcony.  We moved here last summer but didn't get to any of the outdoor space -- it stayed "decorated" with a couple of folding beach chairs courtesy of my parents.  I'm sure the neighbors loved us. It was the first night where Hartford trusted that it had actually, finally been released into summer.  Our downtown building has a community garden space that we overlook.  Read More

It’s Time to Talk About Arnie . . .

Steve Bochco died last month at age 74. It was big news. Bochco developed and produced some of the most influential TV shows of the last forty years -- shows that set the stage for the golden age of TV we’re in the middle of right now. He produced dozens of shows but almost every article and obituary focused on one, the game changer, the show everyone talked about every Friday morning from September 1986 through Read More