Category Archives: Family Law

  • Divorce Diaries: The Opposite of Love By Tawnya Queen

    Divorce Diaries: The Opposite of Love By Tawnya Queen

    The best question I ever heard Brian Miller, Esq. ask was, “What is the opposite of ‘love’?”  I, like most people, said, “Hate.” Mr. Miller goes on to point out, “’Love’ is a passionate emotion.  ‘Hate’ is a passionate emotion.  The opposite of passionate emotion is ‘apathy’ or the absence of emotion.  So really, the opposite of ‘love’ is ‘apathy.’”  This...

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  • The Necessity of Being Compassionate in Family Law: Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

    The Necessity of Being Compassionate in Family Law: Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

    By: Miranda Gatlin Compassion is defined as the emotional response to another’s pain or suffering, including an authentic desire to help. Empathy is the feeling and understanding component (i.e., detecting and mirroring another’s emotions and experiencing their feelings); because compassion involves taking action, empathy is necessary to motivate acts of compassion. Research suggests that compassion is something...

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  • The A.L.E Project

    The A.L.E Project

    https://youtu.be/H3wauWLsTOY

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  • “Marriage Story” Review

    “Marriage Story” Review

    As an attorney who practices family law, I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to review Marriage Story, especially in light of all the accolades it is getting and rightfully deserves.  So, without further ado, here are my TOP THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM Marriage Story from a Family Law perspective:  Your Mediator is a Mediator, Not a Counselor: In one of the first scenes, we see Husband and Wife part...

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  • To File or Not to File

    To File or Not to File

    To File or Note to File– Is it Really a Question? (Analyzing HBO’s “Divorce,” Season 1, Episodes 2-9)   In my last article related to HBO’s series “Divorce,” I tackled one of the most common issues that comes up in the context of marriage – fault in the break-down of the marriage. We now turn to an analysis of how the actors in “Divorce” (as well as Wife and Husband in a marriage) often...

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  • How the New Tax Law Could Affect Your Rights/Responsibilities on Alimony

    How the New Tax Law Could Affect Your Rights/Responsibilities on Alimony

    One of the most discussed aspects of the new tax law just passed by Congress is how it will affect both parties in regard to a divorce where alimony is an issue.  In that regard, get ready to strap your seat belts; the provisions of the tax law relating to alimony are not always clear. What we do know: First off, the new provisions of the tax law which relate to alimony affect divorces entered into after December...

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  • “Brangelina” and the Problem with Abuse Allegations in a Divorce

    “Brangelina” and the Problem with Abuse Allegations in a Divorce

    Upon hearing the news of the breakup of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, I was saddened and surprised; however, neither of those emotions were for the reasons one would expect.  Personally, I was a member of “Team Aniston” long before many of millennials were even born.  I have nothing invested in the Brangelina union, and from the perspective of divorces in Hollywood, this is just another couple of stars who h...

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