Don’t forget the “why” questions

March 21, 2023

I’ve recently been preparing for a number of custody trials while also working on a number of appeals I’ve inherited from trial counsel.  These experiences

In contested custody litigation, there’s no downside to kindness

March 4, 2023

One of the quickest, easiest, and most effective “fixes” I can counsel my clients to do in contested custody litigation is to be kind to

In a dysfunctional parenting relationship, there’s better than even odds that you’re the problem

March 4, 2023

Most of my contested custody litigation, especially those requiring trial, involve parents in a dysfunctional co-parenting relationship.  The inability of these parents to get along

How to better survive cross examination

February 18, 2023

Too often witnesses, especially litigants, treat cross examination as a battle of wits with the attorney questioning them.  This is a mistake. The easiest way

How a family court client can assist counsel during trial

February 14, 2023

This is part two of a two-part blog inspired/encouraged by a client whose custody case I tried this week.  Whereas part-one focused on what the

Trial preparation a family court client should do before trial (or how to save yourself tens of thousands in fees and get a better result)

February 12, 2023

This is part one of a two-part blog inspired/encouraged by a client whose custody case I tried this week.  Throughout the process she found trial

Praising the other parent in a custody trial

February 11, 2023

The past few years I begun a practice of having my custody clients develop a few solid minutes of testimony praising the other parent.  Such

How to get 50/50 physical custody when you don’t have custody (and why it’s unlikely to happen)

August 26, 2022

A significant number of potential custody clients come to my office with the goal of 50/50 physical custody.  Often these are fathers who are not