Category: Divorce

Putting Children First: Co-Parenting Through a Pandemic

February 5, 2021  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

Co-parenting under normal circumstances presents many challenges for families of divorced or separated parents. Add a worldwide pandemic to a tenuous, oftentimes contentious, family dynamic and the results can be devastating for everyone involved. During COVID-19, many families are discovering that previous co-parenting arrangements may not withstand the demands associated with sheltering in place and remote/distance learning. This can amplify an already stressful situation. Read our blog as we discuss ways to help families cope with the challenges associated with co-parenting through a pandemic. Ensure safety when changing households Many parents wonder if it’s safe to have their children travel back and forth between two households, especially if the other parent is at a higher risk for exposure through work or contact with others like a stepparent or significant other. Some have even gone to court over such matters. Parents should make every effort to talk amongst themselves to discuss how to address safety concerns before getting the courts involved. Maintain open lines of communication Oftentimes separated or divorced parents are estranged from one another, making communication and planning quite challenging. However, parents should try to set aside their differences and focus on the heath and well-being of their children. Maintaining open and honest lines of communication is critical. If you find communicating…

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Will Mediation Make My Divorce Go More Smoothly?

June 26, 2018  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

When people get married, they aren’t planning for divorce. When a divorce does happen, it can be confusing and upsetting. In fact, a divorce is one of the toughest things you can go through, especially when there are children involved.   So, when it comes to considering the divorce from a legal standpoint, you will be thinking about all of your options. You may want to resolve things amicably and as fast as possible, but this is not always the case. You may think that litigation is the only path you can go down to finalize your divorce, but there are other options that are open to you. These options can help you save money on your divorce as well. This includes mediation.   So, let’s have a closer look at mediation and see if this will suit your particular needs. This is a process where you can enter discussion and negotiation with your former partner to reach a divorce settlement that will suit both of you. It is less like a competition, which can happen at litigation; it is more about working together to reach a solution. There is a neutral third party called the mediator who will guide you and help you when you need it. In addition, you can bring…

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Can My Spouse Use Recorded Conversations and Messages in Court?

April 12, 2018  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

When you are going through a divorce from your spouse, it can be a long and drawn out process, as well as distressing for everyone involved. Unfortunately, some marriages can break down and turn nasty in proceedings, especially if there has been infidelity or disagreement over assets. This means that the other spouse may turn to different forms of evidence to prove their point and things can get heated. One of the common questions that arises in divorce proceedings is whether recorded conversations and messages can be used in court against the other person. In the modern and digital age, we leave an electronic trail where everything we say is collected and cannot easily disappear. This means that spouses want to use social media posts, text messages and audio clips against the other party in a divorce as evidence. So, the question is; is my spouse allowed to use these recorded media and messages against me?   Under federal law, wiretapping is illegal. This is when you secretly monitor someone’s phone call and eavesdrop on their conversation. The people that are involved in the phone call are not aware you are listening and that is what makes it illegal. Of course, forms of hacking into your phone or social media accounts to reveal…

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