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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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Adoption

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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Child Custody

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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Parenting Plan Basics

A parenting plan is a document the Court uses to understand a family, including: where a child sleeps, who makes major decisions for the child, and what happens if parents don’t agree on what’s best for their child.

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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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Child Support

COVID-19

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…”

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Divorce

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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Domestic Violence

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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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Domestic Violence Victims and Their Pets

Research shows animals are often used as pawns in domestic violence situations and can delay a victim’s escape. A growing number of shelters accept pets, which can make it easier for domestic violence victims to leave more quickly.

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Parenting Coordination

Two Kids Playing on Swing

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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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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