WHERE IS THE LINE DRAWN ON THE ACCUMULATION OF MARITAL ASSETS?

Confusion is the only word that can be used for the current state of the law on the date that a court is to determine the value of the marital estate.  In general, the Court is to value property on the date of the divorce.  But, as a practical matter, this is often impossible, because […]

DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

I recently got an email from a lawyer friend of mine in another state who has been struggling in her small town during this recession, or, “repression” as I call it.  She talked about the rules she had been taught in the past in coaching and in business books and articles. She talked about the […]

HEAT KILLS…QUICKLY!

Some time ago, I did a video blog on how to keep from forgetting something important.  The tip was to always put your keys with something you don’t want to forget–like your hat–so you would have to remember the item before you could leave.  I recently heard the same tip in regard to protecting yourself […]

CHILD ABUSERS SEEK GOOD “COVER”

Before just a few years ago, no one would ever dream that a Priest would sexually abuse a child.  No one would ever dream that a man who established a foundation for underprivileged children would use it to carefully select and groom potential sexual partners.  No one would ever dream that the legendary Joe Paterno, […]

WHEN TROUBLED BY MARRIAGE, USE YOUR OWN THERAPIST AND MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HIS QUALIFICATIONS

I refer all of my clients to a mental health professional.  Marriage problems and divorce take an extreme toll on people.  This usually requires professional assistance.  In addition, a therapist can help a person unravel and diagnose marriage problems such as abuse.  The therapist can potentially be a witness at a trial. A common mistake […]

HAVE WE REACHED THE “TIPPING POINT” ON GAY MARRIAGE?

Gay marriage has now been authorized in one form or another in several states. In response, the Federal Government and many states have passed laws prohibiting gay marriage.  But it doesn’t take a genius to know that people are going to flock to gay marriage states and get married and then move into states that […]

CHANGING CUSTODY IS A “DRASTIC LEGAL ACTION.” IF SO, DO WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE BEST INTERESTS OF CHILDREN?

32 year old Kenneth Sullivan had custody of his young daughter through divorce proceedings.  In a later modification, it was proved that Kenneth was having a sexual affair with a 19 year old and had actually snuck into the 19 year old’s parent’s home at night to have sex with her.  Kenneth also admitted to […]

WEB SITE WITH iPHONE APP CAN HELP DIVORCED PARENTS CO-PARENT WITH LESS CONFLICT

Parenting is tough duty. Co-parenting after divorce can be nearly impossible if the parties have trouble communicating or if the children seize upon the conflict to manipulate the parents.  How do you communicate with someone you can’t communicate with?  One solution is found in the product, Our Family Wizard.  This site has many features.  There is […]

CHILDREN AREN’T GUARANTEED COLLEGE SUPPORT IF THEY MISTREAT A PARENT

Mississippi is in the lead nationally in extending the support obligation to age 21 (instead of 18) and in requiring parents to pay for college if the child has the ability to go and the parents have the ability to pay.  However, the right to go to college is not absolute.  A child must show […]

WARNING: HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION CAN BE LOST IN DIVORCE TRANSFER OF MARITAL HOME

Almost every divorce involves either the transfer of ownership or use of the marital home.  What most people don’t know is that the transfer of either title or use of the marital home triggers a loss of homestead exemption and they need to reapply.  See:Miss. Code Ann Section 27-33-31. [link].  Divorcing persons and divorce attorneys […]