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Interview with Nino Perrotta

Interview with Mr. Nino Perrotta, founder of the Private Investigating Firm Sequoia Security Group. Mr. Perrotta has helped with a number of our divorce and custody cases, and generously offered some insight for prospective clients.

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Divorce

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Divorce Is a Right

I want to drive home the idea of speaking out because when you do, you give permission for great things to happen. No aspect of divorce is easy but when you give voice to your problems you allow it to exist as an external entity which gives you something tangible to fix….

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Collaborative Divorce FAQ

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation and collaborative divorce have become more popular in recent decades. For those considering ADR, we discuss 7 things to keep in mind about the collaborative divorce process.

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Image of wedding rings. Book Review: “I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce” by Pam Friedman. Book review by Inna Loring, Esq.

Book Review: “I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce”

“A theme that runs throughout the book are the hazards of making financial decisions based on emotion. While feelings and emotions may lie at the heart of the marital relationship, the institution of marriage is one of inextricable financial ties. The clear-cut and candid tone of the book does not guilt the reader, but simply presents a sobering choice: bring emotion into a financial relationship at your own risk…”

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What You Need To Know If You’re Getting Divorced In The Military

If you’ve landed on this post because you’re in the midst of navigating or contemplating getting a divorce while you or your spouse (or both!) are serving in the military, you may have been told that military divorce is even more challenging. Thankfully, there are great attorneys that have extensive experience working with military families, and you absolutely can find answers to even the most complicated questions.

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Can Private Facebook Messages Be Used in Court?

In general, anything— DMs, emails, text messages— that is not subject to privilege laws must be turned over if requested, and can be presented as evidence. This means that, in general, unless it’s something that you’ve written to your attorney, your pastor, or your doctor, you can be compelled to turn it over…

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Child Custody

What is Sole Custody?

Custody can refer to either legal custody or physical custody and involves important life decisions and where your child will live. Determining legal custody also entails determining not only the type of custody, but also the methods used to determine the best interest of the children involved, including whether parents need mediation, a Parenting Coordinator, or even whether tie-breaking authority should be granted.

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Enforcing Child Support Orders Across State and Country Lines

When enforcing child support orders across state and country lines, there are many aspects to consider. This blog explains some of the details included in the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance in order to understand how this treaty governs the recognition, enforcement, and modification of one country’s child support and/or alimony order in another country.

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Reunification Therapy

The goal of reunification therapy is to heal the relationship between parent and child, and help parents reconnect and reunite with children who are estranged. This process will look different based on the unique needs of each family and the reasons a parent and child became estranged.

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Parenting Plan, Part 2

Completing a parenting plan may seem like a daunting task, but I promise that it’s worth the time and effort. It is a powerful tool to get both parties to the table to discuss the issues in a custody dispute.

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Parenting in the Pandemic: My Personal Story and Take-Aways

“This is hardly over, but through each phase I have learned something new about
myself, and the more I learn, the less hard on myself I am. I hope this article helps everyone to
reflect on the strength, resilience, and ingenuity that they have found within themselves, where
maybe we had not thought to look before…”

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Domestic Violence

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Walking into an In-Person Domestic Violence Hearing

Last week Christy and I had the opportunity to go to an in-person hearing for a domestic violence case with our client….I hope that this blog post can help ease nerves by giving an idea of what a domestic violence hearing is like in the time of Covid-19.

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Domestic Violence Victims: Protect Yourself Online

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.

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Separation Agreements

Fighting Over Fido: What To Do When You Need A Custody Agreement For Your Pet

“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.

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There Are as Many Ways to Get Divorced as There Are to Get Married

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.

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Child Support

Enforcing Child Support Orders Across State and Country Lines

When enforcing child support orders across state and country lines, there are many aspects to consider. This blog explains some of the details included in the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance in order to understand how this treaty governs the recognition, enforcement, and modification of one country’s child support and/or alimony order in another country.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Image of wedding rings. Book Review: “I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce” by Pam Friedman. Book review by Inna Loring, Esq.

Book Review: “I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce”

“A theme that runs throughout the book are the hazards of making financial decisions based on emotion. While feelings and emotions may lie at the heart of the marital relationship, the institution of marriage is one of inextricable financial ties. The clear-cut and candid tone of the book does not guilt the reader, but simply presents a sobering choice: bring emotion into a financial relationship at your own risk…”

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Parenting Coordination

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Parenting Plan, Part 2

Completing a parenting plan may seem like a daunting task, but I promise that it’s worth the time and effort. It is a powerful tool to get both parties to the table to discuss the issues in a custody dispute.

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How to Have a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship

No matter what stage in the process you find yourself, the messiest part of many break-ups can be communicating about the logistics surrounding raising your shared offspring. Almost undeniably, however, the logistics surrounding your kid’s “New Normal,” now and far into the future, is the most important topic to address with a level head with your former partner.

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Just Say No to Quack

“Quacking” is the nasty, unnecessary back-and-forth between parents that is hurtful to your co-parenting relationship and harmful to your court case. Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire discusses some tips to help you resist the urge to engage in quacking with your ex.

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Adoption

Adoption During COVID-19

Whether you are adopting your foster child, adopting a partner’s child, or adopting through a private agency, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for adoption. Many aspects of the adoption process – the paperwork, waiting, anticipation, and excitement – have stayed the same. However, many critical points in the process – from home visits to finalizing an adoption in court – look much different during the pandemic.

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My Adoption Story

Adoption. When we hear this word, I think many of us don’t know how we are supposed to feel about it, especially if you are on the outside looking in.

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COVID-19

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Walking into an In-Person Domestic Violence Hearing

Last week Christy and I had the opportunity to go to an in-person hearing for a domestic violence case with our client….I hope that this blog post can help ease nerves by giving an idea of what a domestic violence hearing is like in the time of Covid-19.

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Adoption During COVID-19

Whether you are adopting your foster child, adopting a partner’s child, or adopting through a private agency, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for adoption. Many aspects of the adoption process – the paperwork, waiting, anticipation, and excitement – have stayed the same. However, many critical points in the process – from home visits to finalizing an adoption in court – look much different during the pandemic.

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Finding Hope for the Future in the Time of COVID

Everyone has had their lives turned upside down in one way or another this year – the strain of child care, care for older relatives, work from home stress, and the devastation of job loss. All-in-all, 2020 has been an emotional rollercoaster.

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Hiring and Training in the Time of COVID-19

All in all, hiring and training in the time of COVID-19 certainly presented its hurdles. I think Megan P. and Kim would not recommend virtual training if it can be helped, however virtual interviewing proved to yield surprisingly similar take-aways as in-person interviewing. As guinea pigs in the new-found normal of COVID-19 company operations, I’m happy to report that hiring and training with a coronavirus twist has a high possibility of success.

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Child's sleeping stuffed animal bear with laptop screen in background. For Z Family Law blog, "Parenting in the Pandemic"

Parenting in the Pandemic: My Personal Story and Take-Aways

“This is hardly over, but through each phase I have learned something new about
myself, and the more I learn, the less hard on myself I am. I hope this article helps everyone to
reflect on the strength, resilience, and ingenuity that they have found within themselves, where
maybe we had not thought to look before…”

Read More »

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