Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD offers some practical guidance on if, how, and when to intervene when you know or suspect that someone is dealing with domestic violence.
When domestic violence victims are contemplating a separation or divorce, they need to protect themselves online as they research their options for leaving. In this blog post, we discuss ways to protect yourself online, including communicating and researching while planning your escape.
Check out this week’s blog for Worthy.com: “5 Ways Women Can Support Each Other During Divorce” by Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville, so long as the Court finds that a child has at least one fit and proper parent, grandparents generally do not have the right to court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren over the parent(s)’s objection.
“At the time of publication, a mere three states (California, Alaska, and Illinois) have passed laws allowing Courts to consider the best interests of the animal rather than treating Fido the same way as they treat the family couch. Unfortunately, not all of our Courts have caught up with the current social mores involving our furbabies, and pets are generally treated as property in a divorce…”
Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire discusses common ways that Pet Parents can address the issue of pet custody when they split.
In this week’s blog for Worthy.com, Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire and Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD discuss parenting apps that help streamline scheduling and reduce headaches. Finding the right app to help your family depends on your budget and the specific co-parenting challenges you’re facing.
We discuss 6 things to bring to your initial consultation with a divorce attorney, including a list of your questions, paystubs, tax returns, & any prenups.
Know Anyone Facing a Rough Divorce or Custody Case? On July 23rd, Z Family Law presents an evening of self-care for those navigating a family law matter.
Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD and Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire discuss ways to limit custody headaches over the summer, including early planning, streamlining communication with your co-parent, and focusing on the bigger picture – your children having a happy and safe summer.
A primer for understanding some of the benefits of joint custody and Maryland custody law. Shared parenting may not be advisable, or even possible, in many situations. In truth, the best custody arrangement depends on your family’s unique needs. A central factor in maintaining a successful shared parenting arrangement is being able to separate prior marital or relationship disputes from parental responsibilities. For many, joint custody helps children maintain a close relationship with both parents.
If your relationship has reached a tipping point where you are afraid for your safety, do not ignore your intuition. Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, Phd and Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire discuss tips for staying safe while escaping domestic violence.
Christy Zlatkus, Esquire and Dr. Elizabeth Degi Dubois, PhD discuss the Top 10 ‘not so little’ habits that land people in Z Family Law’s office seeking a divorce.
Among the many uncomfortable things that come with going through a divorce is going through super personal and financial information with an attorney…But your attorney can’t advocate for you if they don’t know the real scoop on what brought you to their office. During a divorce, you are putting your trust in your lawyer with the most important things in your life: Your children (if you have them) and your financial future. Honesty isn’t just the best policy— it is absolutely essential.
In her 3rd blog for Worthy.com, Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire discusses divorce methods such as mediation, collaborative divorce, and litigation.
Marriage, whether beginning or ending, is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Choosing the process you use to get divorced is just as important as choosing your divorce attorney. This post highlights the most common ways to untie the knot, as well as some options you may not have considered that could be a great fit for your unique circumstances.
Almost five years ago I opened a file on my computer that was never meant for my eyes. I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. In the file was a letter written by my Husband. His writing was effusive as he reminisced about the wonderful things he did — NOT with me but with HER – his coworker…The one thing I did know – I was strong and no matter what happened next I would be okay. My children would be okay – I would see to it. I am far from perfect and I could not shield my children from everything even though I tried. I made a conscious effort to never talk trash about their dad. What purpose would it serve but to make them feel bad or even worse guilty for something that was not their fault?
Everyone has a favorite song, a food they hanker for above all others, and a particular set of preferences about personal style. There’s a reason Baskin-Robbins has 31 different flavors of ice cream—- each of us crazy, wonderful humans come with our own unique likes and dislikes.
As with ice cream and iPod playlists, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing your divorce attorney. Divorce is one of the most personal experiences you can have…
I was one of the girls that bought into the lies. The lies our TVs, our ministers, our mothers, and a million magazines tell us to believe about ourselves. The lies that tell us that the sole sum of our worth as women rests on our ability to get a guy to put a ring on it.
The dieting, the achieving, the shopping for the perfect dress to land the perfect guy…I did it all, all in the service of one day attaining that sparkling social marker I thought for sure would signify that I had made it, that I was worthy of love and attention and success and acceptance…
On a particularly beautiful, warm day, I asked my mom if we could go to the beach. She had said, “Maybe”– the type of ‘maybe’ that meant, ‘No, but I don’t want to argue about it’.
Instead of sitting under an umbrella on the sand, my parents sat me down in our living room, told me they were separating, and asked me who I wanted to live with.
I was 7 years old…
Early in the relationship I thought would be “The One”, I had a birthday. My boyfriend was in the process of buying a house and I didn’t want him to spend too much money on my gift. He had the down payment, the moving costs, furniture costs, and all the other expensive things that go into adult-ing. In light of the outlay ahead of him, I told him to go easy on the spending for the birthday…
Thirteen months of sturm und drang transpired between my first consultation with a divorce attorney and my decision to throw down a retainer and exit stage left from a marriage that had grown increasingly unbearable. I had sat with the reality of how toxic had marriage had become several weeks before my initial consultation in March 2017, making the appointment only after my closest confidants lovingly told me putting divorce on the table didn’t mean I actually had to move forward.
I hyperventilated in my car for nearly half an hour after that first legal consultation, which consisted of an hour or so of getting an idea of the road ahead, should I wish to move forward…
Don’t Get Rid of Your Cell Phone and Other Things You Need To Know About Electronically Stored Information and the Divorce Process in Court
Evidence must be preserved. You cannot change or destroy any electronic evidence during your case (or when you know your divorce is imminent). This is true both in criminal cases and in civil cases like your divorce. This blog walks you through the dos and don’ts of electronically stored information.
The feeling I’m trying to capture tonight is different; it’s honoring the courage it took for me to decide to leave my husband, trying to appreciate with gratitude the hope I felt at the outset of my marriage, and accepting with as much grace as possible the reality that it is truly about to be over.
The United States federal government shutdown that began on December 22nd, 2018 has hundreds of thousands of federal employees wondering how they will pay their bills. Some are wondering whether the shutdown will affect their child support and alimony (spousal support).
For survivors of domestic violence, the holidays can be an especially difficult time when they need additional support. Some Maryland domestic violence advocates have noted an increase in abuse during the holiday season. Unfortunately, many victims feel increased pressure during the holidays to put up with abuse in order to keep the family together.