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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10 Tips for Avoiding Summer Custody Shenanigans

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.

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The Upsides of Joint Custody After a Split

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.

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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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Children and Separation: Keep My Children Out Of The Middle

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?

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