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Dealing with Changes to Custody and Visitation Arrangements Caused by COVID-19

Divorced parents are accustomed to raising children amidst changing circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges that many of us have never seen before. Stay at home orders have imposed strict limits on the way we live and complicated many custody and visitation arrangements. We cannot be sure when daily life will more closely Read More

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How a Coronavirus-related Income Loss Could Affect Your Alimony and Child Support

Many people have faced a job loss or reduction in income due the coronavirus pandemic. In such a case it might be difficult for an ex-spouse paying alimony or a parent sending child support to keep up with their obligation. As these orders are based on the financial circumstances that existed at the time they Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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Guidelines for Divorced/Separated Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

SEVEN GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS WHO ARE DIVORCED/SEPARATED AND SHARING CUSTODY OF CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC From the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis: Susan Myres, President of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Dr. Matt Sullivan, President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annette Burns, AAML and Former President Read More

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News: AAML Unanimously Endorses Resolution Strongly Opposing USDHS and USDHHS Policy of Separating Children from Parents

The Board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers unanimously endorsed the Academy’s resolution strongly opposing the ongoing policies and actions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of forcibly separating children from their parents at the U.S. border regardless of their parents’ Read More

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KSFM Facebook

Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, P.C. is excited to announce the creation of our new Facebook page. We invite you to connect with us at: https://www.facebook.com/KuderSmollarFriedmanMihalik/  This new Facebook page presents an additional opportunity for clients, colleagues and the rest of the interested public to build connections with KSFM and stay informed about the latest in family Read More

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ABC’s New Sitcom: Splitting Up Together

This week, ABC premiered a new sitcom featuring parents who want to divorce, but are saddled with more mortgage than house value, a situation that faces real-life couples.  Like many real-life families, the characters choose to remain in the same home, alternating parenting responsibilities for their children.  Lena and Martin, the parents on the show, Read More

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Formalizing Parenting Relationships in LGBTQ+ Families

            In the past few years, the LGBTQ+ community has had a great deal of success in obtaining legal recognition of their families. However, changes in the political environment can threaten those hard won successes. In particular, LGBTQ+ and non-traditional families are vulnerable if they are not legally tied to their children or their partners. Take Read More

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Fighting Other People’s Fights (With People We Do Not Choose)

I once described practicing family law as “two people who did not choose to be in a relationship with each other fighting the fights of two people who did choose to be in a relationship with each other.”  And too often I spend time in my day doing just that – passionately and effusively arguing Read More

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What is Infidelity?

No doubt the revelation of the identities of millions of married people who have used “Ashley Madison,” an internet site dedicated to marital infidelity (“Life is short; have an affair”), has caused many people to reexamine what conduct on the part of a spouse or partner is infidelity:  Are thinking, looking, sexting, acts of infidelity?  Read More

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