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Friday, 03 April 2009 19:00

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Divorced

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Here is a link to a very good article at Christianity Today titled What I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Divorced. More of my clients and/or their spouses need to know this before they decide to go through with the divorce.

Friday, 03 April 2009 19:00

The Art of Listening

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My friend and fellow divorce lawyer, Ben Stevens of the South Carolina Family Law Blog, pointed this article out to me. It is an article titled On Listening and Other Rare, Exotic Habits by Hans and Donna Finzel.

A quote from the article – “In this age of telecommunications and voice messaging, there is still no substitute for quiet, prolonged exposure of one soul to another. With all the marvels of the Internet and a reach-out-and-touch-someone technology, husband and wife are more in need of quiet and prolonged communication than ever before. The more busy and crazy our lives become, the more communication protects the marriage.”

If more husbands and wives communicated better and more deeply, I’d have a lot less work.

Monday, 17 December 2012 17:03

Healthy Marriage Initiative

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I recently came across the website for The Healthy Marriage Initiative. The site states that their mission statement is
To help couples, who have chosen marriage for themselves, gain greater access to marriage education services, on a voluntary basis, where they can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage.

Click here if you’d like to view their site and see if they have any resources that you or someone you know may be able to use.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently decided the case of C.D.P. v. D.P. and D.S.P. The case involved paternal grandparents who were seeking to have the Court award them visitation with their grandchild. The mother was opposed to unsupervised visitation. Their was no dispute that the grandparents had peviously been very active in the grandchild’s life.

The trial judge awarded the grandparents visitation. But, the Court of Appeals reversed that decision and held it to be improper.
The law regarding grandparent visitation has been in a state of flux ever since the United States Supreme Court rendered it opinion in Troxell v. Granville in 2000. I have previously written an article that reviewed that important decision which appeared in the Mobile Press Register.

It appears that post-Troxell, it will be very difficult for grandparents to receive Court Ordered visitation absent an allegation and finding that the custodial parent is unfit.

I will point out that this case was decided under a version of the grandparent visitation statute that has since been amended. But, the trend nationwide still seems to be that courts are slow to award grandparent visitation against the wishes of a fit parent.

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