I know better, I really do.

My children are both four years old and they are both signed up for gymnastics every Sunday morning.  They love participating and I love watching them.  What I don’t love is trying to get them ready and out the door on time.  You’ve heard the expression, “It’s like herding

Barrie Hayes, Partner

The differing approaches to the calculation of spousal support under the spousal support advisory guidelines.

The spousal support advisory guidelines contain formulaic calculations to assist in the calculation of both quantum (amount) and duration of spousal support.

The guidelines contain markedly different formulaic calculations when addressing spousal support calculation where there

By Douglas J. Manning, Partner, Certified Specialist in Family Law

In the vineyards in which I toil, Family Law, fathers often, undeservedly, get a bad rap. They are said to be more inclined to abandon their children, to not pay their child and spousal support,  to refuse to pay their share of the family debts

The breakdown of a relationship is always a stressful experience but the emotional impact is heightened when there are children involved and spouses are faced with making a decision about how they intend to parent their children going forward or, worse yet, they are faced with having a judge make that decision for them.  Once

I just read an article in the September 12, 2011 issue of McLean’s that caught my eye.  The article written by Julia McKinnell discusses a new book for divorced parents entitled “Joint Custody with a Jerk” co-authored by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran. Boy, the article hit home with me as in my practice

The Child Support Guidelines, which came into effect on May 1, 1997, set out four admirable objectives:

  1. to promote fairness to children;
  2. to ease tension and conflict between parents;
  3. to reduce litigation; and
  4. to ensure consistent treatment of parties.

When children reside primarily with one parent (more than 60% of the time), the Guidelines are

For separated parents, it may be wise to remember that the stories children tell about what goes on in the other parent’s home may not always be 100% accurate. Events may get distorted and exaggerated when conveyed from a child’s perspective and, when there is conflict, a child may be seeking to please one parent by speaking negatively about the other.
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