What Should an Effective Cohabitation Agreement Between Unmarried Couples Contain?

Prenups aren't just for married couples. Unmarried couples can get in on the legal action with a contract of their own, called a “cohabitation agreement.” While it may seem like an unromantic document to some, it can be an excellent estate planning tool and an excellent way to resolve disputes down the road. Make sure you include these elements in your cohabitation agreement to make sure it's as effective and Read More

Summer Vacation for Divorced Parents: Legal Steps to Take Before You Travel

With summer vacation time just around the corner, you may be preoccupied with suntans and ocean views—but have you thought about your legal responsibilities? While it's certainly not the most fun aspect of your vacation planning, it's one of the most important, especially if you’re a divorced parent travelling alone with your kids. Make sure you tick these legal boxes before you set forth. Double-Check Your Read More

Unmarried Parents: Why a Parenting Plan is an Absolute Must-Have

How does an unmarried couple deal with issues like child support, custody, and visitation after they separate? The answer isn't always a simple one. When it comes to parenting matters, you'll face many of the same challenges presented to married couples with kids, and you may even have to deal with a few more unique issues. When developing a parenting plan, one thing is clear: Compassionate and experienced legal Read More

What Divorced Parents Need to Know About the UCCJEA

Every year, parental separation and divorce affects over one million children in the U.S.. Because today’s society is a lot more mobile than preceding generations, it is not unusual for the parents of these children to move to different cities and even different states. In the latter instance, jurisdictional issues can arise that divorced parents need to know about. The UCCJEA Explained At one time, custody Read More

How to Develop a Great Parenting Plan

When parents split, the dynamics of the entire family change. Two households are created, living arrangements are no longer the same, and the children no longer have both their parents with them at the same time. To minimize stress and set the groundwork for a positive future, you and your spouse should put aside personal differences and create a great parenting plan that is both realistic and favors the needs of Read More

Divorce and Your Kids: 6 Tips to Help Minimize Their Stress

When parents initially approach the subject of divorce with one another, one of their first concerns is normally how the children will take it. Fortunately, children are far more resilient than many adults give them credit for, and with the proper approach and support, most children can adapt quite well to the changes occurring in their life during and after a divorce. In order to achieve this positive outcome Read More

Be the Best Divorced Parents You Can Be: 8 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

An amicable co-parenting arrangement with your ex is not always easy, but when successfully carried out it can give your children stability and a sense of being close to both their parents. It is therefore important to put aside the anger and hostility of the past and develop a civil working relationship with your former spouse. These 8 tips will help you foster an effective co-parenting relationship by helping Read More

Back to School, Taylor Swift, and New Beginnings

This morning our nieces headed off to first (how?) and fifth (basically impossible!) grades.  Thanks to Carla, Felicia, and Jackie, Freed Marcroft now has two kindergarteners, a first grader, a second grader, an eighth grader, and a sophomore in our extended brood. Thank goodness for summer -- for Kristen and me it inevitably means more time with our nieces and nephew.  This year we were heavy on beach trips.  The Read More

Divorce and Father’s Day: Being Kind to Kids, Dads, and Moms

We have written before about how to help children (and parents!) cope with divorce during the "holiday holidays."  Although they don't often trigger all the same complexities related to tradition and loss, Father's Day is  also hard for families going through (or even on the other side of) a divorce.  In families where a mom and dad have split, we commonly see parenting plans where dad has the kids on Father's Day Read More

Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help

One of the hardest conversations we have with divorcing parents surrounds their fears about telling the children that a marriage is over. As their lawyers, the very best advice that we have for them is 1) to seek out a mental health professional experienced with families and children who can guide them through how to tell the children, and 2) to consider a collaborative or mediated divorce that will provide them Read More