Divorce during the Holidays – What to do?

As we come upon the end of summer and the Labor Day weekend, it is important to make sure that you stay calm and collected during the weekend’s festivities.  Whether you are just thinking about the idea of separating from your spouse, your divorce is in its final stages, or you are somewhere in between … Read more

Can Virtual Visitation replace actual visitation?

It seems that the idea of “virtual visitation” (i.e. using video-conferencing services such as skype, ichat, etc.) has become all the rage in recent months, especially after a court in New York ordered three skype visits per week between a father and his children that were being moved to Florida.  Baker v. Baker (New York … Read more

Preparing for Divorce – The Final Tip: Be Good!

This is the last in a series of blog posts I have written during the past several weeks on how to prepare for divorce and separation.  Today’s tip focuses on the practical – be on your best behavior while going through the middle of a divorce.  Whether you are considering a collaborative divorce, or a … Read more

Why a Collaborative Divorce is right for you… and me.

One of the reasons many lawyers get a bad rap is the sense that they can’t be trusted.  You may think they are being nice to you, perhaps even showing some interest in you, but when you turn around they proceed to stab you in the back. I’ll freely admit that I have been burned … Read more

Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Earlier this week, a woman in Johnston County and her 14 year old son were shot and killed by her estranged husband, who then shot and killed himself. Ironically, according to the story from the Raleigh News & Observer, Devinee House was at the final stages of completing her divorce the night the shooting occurred.  … Read more

Why I don’t accept all clients who call me…

There are many attorneys who practice what I call “threshold law” – which means that they will accept any and all clients that come to see them.  I am not one of those attorneys.  I have seen these attorneys practice law – they miss deadlines and court appearances, are often unprepared for meetings, fail to … Read more

When to File for a Domestic Violence Protective Order

Lately, I’ve had a number of people ask me whether they should file for, or if I could help them file, a Complaint for a Domestic Violence Protective Order.  I take these complaints very seriously.  On the one hand, if there is domestic violence – you absolutely should file for a protective order.  I have … Read more

What to do when you know it’s over

I’ve spent a great deal of my time advising clients about what they should do when they finally decide that a divorce and/or separation is their only option to get out of a bad situation.  In my Divorce Guide I even outline a 12 step process that all people who are thinking about divorce should … Read more