Parenting Time And Parental Responsibility The end of summer signals a significant transition for you, your children and your ex.  Parenting plans, that typically include longer parenting time stays at the non-residential parent’s home draw to a close and the school year schedule returns.  What does this mean to your family and what have I observed over the years in my practice?  During the return to school and normal parenting plan schedules, I often hear complaints about the other parent expressed.  These range from inconsistent rules of the house to nutrition choices and homework.  Ultimately, as a Central Oregon Family Law Lawyer, I have parentsRead More →

New Year’s Resolution of a Divorcing Parent The holidays present a special challenge to separated, divorced or divorcing parents everywhere.  This New Year’s, I encourage you to consider adopting one or all of these New Year’s Resolutions.  Our responsibilities as parents begin and end with the best interest of our children.  Regardless of your marital or custody status, you owe it to them to consider the following. A Divorcing Parent’s 2016 New Year’s Resolutions: I will promise to keep my child’s best interests in mind while going through this divorce or healing from this past divorce. I understand that even though I am traumatized, myRead More →

Family Pets and Divorce – Often Forgotten We often are so focused on the kids, the house or our own flood of hard emotions through divorce that we overlook the family pet.  More often than not, I have clients who have family pets and often they don’t know how they want to share or handle them as part of the separation or divorce.  This of course is a very emotional topic for most people.  Especially after long-term marriages, the family has come to consider their pet as a family member. Normally, the couples I work with can reach an agreement about what is best andRead More →

Being Thankful In Divorce: Find Yourself this Holiday It is holiday time again and I want to share some positive things that can happen in divorce or separation.  I have run into clients who six months or a year after divorce, in some cases even following a long term marriage, could not be doing better.  They tell me their children are thriving and that they are better friends with their former spouse now.  I know this is true because there is no more nitpicking about Husband and Wife issues and that they are now focused only on issues regarding their children.  I can’t help butRead More →