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Blame the Forest Fire

A forest fire in a desiccated landscape ravages everything in its path and has no compassion or consideration for collateral damage.  The trees, having spent centuries taking root and competing with the foliage around them in a race to the…

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The Race to the Bottom (of Hell)

I have entered into a child custody case.  Or at least, it is a child custody case at heart.  Unfortunately for the parties, the judge, and most importantly me, it has begun as a restraining order.  The custody merits will…

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Passenger Side Punching Bag

Family law attorneys are professional bad guys (and gals). What with the black cowboy hat and patchy sideburns we gum a broken cigar between our lips and let our three-day-stubble do the talking. If you meet your family law attorney…

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The Parent Signal

Today's parents already wear many hats: nurse, teacher, spiritual guide, saucier, confidante, cheerleader, janitor, exorcist, on and on. Modern parents navigating a bitter divorce find themselves in an impossible situation.  Bestselling books and Ph.D. theses have been written about the…

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Communicate!

Months into a contested custody case I have (I represent the mother), opposing party (father) racked up his second DUI by wrapping his car around a utility pole.  Mercifully, the child was not in the car at the time.  But…

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Finally, the End

The only truly beautiful, breathtaking part of a Family Law case is the very end. "A good case is a closed case," is the mantra in the courthouse hallways and closets where divorce attorneys hide and nap.  And that is really…

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Ode to Coconuts

The RI Family Court used to have a judge (now retired) who would quickly lose his temper with parties or lawyers in a divorce action who were fighting needlessly when no minor children were involved. “You two can’t divide the…

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