Getting a Party to Agree to Mediation Sep28

Getting a Party to Agree to Mediation

The need for this article comes from the many calls my office receives from individuals who want to schedule a mediation with us, and the first question we always ask is, “Has the other party agreed to schedule mediation with us?” We often hear that moment of awkward silence on the phone while the caller is processing the implica...

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Parental Alienation Sep07

Parental Alienation

In our current culture, we have had to expand our vocabulary when it comes to talking about the impact of unresolved conflict between parents on their children. This has become necessary due to the deconstruction of the nuclear family, which is evidenced by the following trends:As of 2011, for the first time in Minnesot...

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“Custody” of Pets in Family Court Aug24

“Custody” of Pets in Family Court

One of the many issues that the law is not very well suited to handle is the attachments we have to our pets. When relationships end up being defined by a court, the lines that are drawn regarding pets cannot be based upon the emotional state of the parties, or the unique family “culture” that households develop over time. This i...

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Social Media and Family Law Cases Jul15

Social Media and Family Law Cases

Social media has become a daily source of connection for millions and millions of people around the planet. There is no question it had scratched an itch for a sense of connection to others, and ability for people to remake a presentation of themselves to others. This, in a day when relationship failure rate is at an all-time high. ...

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Children’s Testimony in Custody Cases Jun13

Children’s Testimony in Custody Cases

The question of what is in the best interest of a legal client is not always as easy as they make it sound in law school. This is particularly true in family law. To “zealously” represent your client’s interests as a parent can very well mean making a very difficult call regarding child testimony. No parent wants to damage his ...

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Planning for Summer Parenting Time (A How-To Post) May30

Planning for Summer Parenting Time (A How-To Post)

If you are a parent of a school-age child whose other parent lives somewhere else, planning the summers can be a source of stress. Kids have all kinds of choices to make with school out of the way, which requires parents to consider how much “freedom” to give their kids in setting priorities. Too often the old “good-times” pa...

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LITIGATION vs. MEDIATION IN FAMILY LAW May09

LITIGATION vs. MEDIATION IN FAMILY LAW

The average current cost for each person today in a Minnesota divorce is about $13,000.00. It is ironic that this is also approximately what is spent on the average Minnesota wedding. If a marriage cannot be saved, will mediation actually reduce the cost of a divorce?  This is a fair question that most atto...

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“PROPER” USE OF THE LAW Apr20

“PROPER” USE OF THE LAW

The inscription on our logo at the R.C. Roby firm is a Bible verse from 1Timothy 1:8, “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly” (NIV). I think this is especially true when it comes to family law. No other area of law has greater impact on the future of those affected by it – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons,...

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