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Volume 41, Issue 1  



On Being an Active Participant in Your Divorce: Tips from Thirty Years' Experience as a Divorce Attorney

Whether you are contemplating separation or in the midst of separating, in the early stages or in the thick of divorce proceedings, you are navigating a major life transition. After more than thirty years working with clients in the family law trenches, I can say with certainty that divorce is all about control. And a key component to getting and keeping control during this stressful time is being an active participant with your attorney.


How Not to Sabotage Your Case

There are so many ways a party can become exposed to liability or eventually create a litany of damning evidence in the legal process known as “discovery”—the process by which the opposing side can, by law, require you to turn over all sorts of documents, photos, social media output, and other information about yourself. This article, therefore, aims to help you understand how best to keep you, both before and after you are involved in a divorce, from sabotaging your case.


A Client's Guide to Courtroom Behavior

As societal norms have shifted over time, courtroom behavior and etiquette have also changed. Much of the counsel we as practicing attorneys provide to clients is rooted in the law, but we also advise clients on what may or may not be appropriate behavior in court, as your behavior may significantly influence the outcome of your case. As a general rule, each court is different, and some judges may be more relaxed than others and some are more formal. This article, however, is designed to be a resource for every client in every courtroom in the country on the norms of respect and decorum that should be observed.


After Your Divorce Is Final: Tying Up Loose Ends

While your divorce may be over, your obligations under the terms of your divorce may be just beginning. It is imperative that you have a clear and complete understanding of the judgment and agreement. Once your divorce is finalized, you should review it carefully, perhaps with your attorney, to make sure you understand any actions required of you, your spouse, or your attorney, as well as the deadlines for doing so. It is important to remember that even if your divorce was amicable and reached by agreement, your divorce judgment constitutes a court order, which is enforceable and consequential. This article aims to highlight important aspects of your judgment and provide helpful tips on tying up loose ends after your divorce is final.


How Will My ART Lawyer Help Me with My Surrogacy Journey?

Building and growing your family through gestational surrogacy can be overwhelming, but the professionals involved can help you at every step of the journey. Gestational surrogacy in the United States, while complex, can be surprisingly simple if done right. Your ART (assisted reproduction technology) lawyer is a key member of a team that includes your reproductive endocrinologist, surrogacy and egg donation agency professionals, psychologist, insurance agent, immigration lawyer, estate planning lawyer, and obstetrician. Your lawyer may be the one professional who is present with you at every step along the way, so it is important for you to choose the right lawyer and work closely with him or her. Your lawyer can help you choose the other members of your team.