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Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

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It can often be hard to tell if you are the victim of emotional abuse. Abusers are manipulative and unfortunately their repetitive behavior can become your normal. Below is a list of warning signs of emotional abuse that I see frequently in my line of work. While your abuser might not fit every category on this list, or he has other behaviors not listed, it can still be just as damaging. If the... Read more

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Giving Yourself Grace as You Consider Divorce

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The most intense feelings of anger and sadness during a divorce may not be directed at a spouse, but may instead be directed at yourself.  You may feel frustrated that you stayed as long as you did or didn’t see the signs sooner. You may feel sadness that you couldn’t protect your children more. You may be asking yourself why you let your spouse treat you the way that he did. As you feel these ... Read more

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Topics You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Discuss with Your Divorce Lawyer

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Going through a divorce often raises issues that seem private and may be embarrassing or make you feel uncomfortable. However, holding back on these issues often prevents your lawyer from being able to do the best job on your case.           Finances Clients are often embarrassed about the amount of debt they have or their poor planning for retirement. ... Read more

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Life After Divorce From a Controlling Husband

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What would your life be like if you were free from your controlling husband? Would you be able to have your friends over for a dinner party or take a cooking class? Could you finally buy that dress you've had your eye on? Cut your hair, take a dancing class or travel? Divorce is a difficult process but many women I represent end up so much happier and free to finally live their lives withou... Read more

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Fear of Alienating Children Cannot Determine How You Behave During a Divorce

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My female clients often tell me they don't want to file a legal document or testify to something in court, because they're afraid this will make their children side with their father instead of them. My advice is always the same: if you're being bullied, then you must stand up to the bully.  The appropriate way for my clients to stand up to their bully husbands is to allow me to file motions... Read more

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The State Of Divorce In The US

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6 Surprising (But True) Divorce Statistics “Fifty percent of all U.S. marriages end in divorce,” is a popular statistic that has alarmed many young couples. However, you might be surprised to learn that statistic isn’t necessarily accurate. Thanks to a variety of recent surveys and polls, we have a better idea of what marriage and divorce looks like for U.S. adults in 2016. Here are six div... Read more

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What To Do If Your Husband Is Being Secretive About Finances

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Whether your husband has always been fairly secretive about finances, or seems to be more secretive as of late—you may be wondering if there is something he is keeping hidden from you. What is important to remember is that there are a number of reasons why your husband may be secretive about your finances. For example, his reasoning could be fairly harmless and that as the primary breadwinne... Read more

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Why You Still Require A Child Custody Lawyer—Even With An Amicable Separation

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During a divorce, you and your spouse may become caught up in disputes about money and property. You may also have lingering feelings of anger, betrayal, and hurt. However, when it comes to custody agreements, you have to set aside your concerns, and put the needs of your children first. There are many legal and practical considerations that must be taken into account before a custody order is ... Read more

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Do’s And Don’ts Of Working With A Roanoke Divorce And Custody Lawyer

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If you and your spouse have given it your best shot, but your irreconcilable differences leave divorce as the healthiest option for you and your children—then you may be wondering where to begin. What is important to remember is that the word “divorce” is not just a word described to signify the end of your marriage—but also part of a larger legal process. This process is further complicated if... Read more

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Should You Stay, Or Should You Go?—Father’s Rights Matter Too

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Do you know that your marriage is over but you are staying with your wife because you are afraid you will never see your children again if you get a divorce? If so, then you are not alone. There has been much progress when it comes to providing women with equal rights at both home and work, but this concept works both ways—meaning that as a responsible parent, that father’s going through a div... Read more

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