Family Law

Tis’ the Season: Keep the Peace (Better) with Ten Co-Parenting Holiday Tips

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / December 15, 2017 /

10. Don’t push send. Email. Text. IM. Tweet. Whatever. When you ex irritates you and you are tempted to shoot back a zinger, resist. Wait three hours and revisit the issue once you’ve calmed down. Then, craft a diplomatic response. 9. Be flexible. What goes around, comes around. There is a lot to do during…

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Estate Planning for Single Parents is Especially Important

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / December 1, 2017 /

No one with young children wants to think that something might happen to them. But for a single parent, that difficult thought brings on added worries. After all, what will happen to your child should the unthinkable happen. Everyone with children should prepare a will and other important documents. In my law practice, I help…

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Are you thinking about moving to warmer weather? Some states offer other benefits in addition to extra sunshine.

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 30, 2017 /

Are you thinking about moving to warmer weather for the winter or relocating on a permanent basis? Sunshine states may not be the only benefit of such a move—lower income and estate tax rates may make the change of scenery more appealing in some places. But changing domicile from a tax perspective can be more…

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Women: When Divorce Changes Your Relationship Status, Your Financial Strategy Needs to Change Too

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 15, 2017 /

When you get a divorce, your entire world changes. But at a time when it may feel like things are spiraling out of control, there are plenty of things you have the ability to control, two of which have to do with your financial future. And both of these two things will empower you more…

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Can My Spouse Claim Retirement Benefits in a Divorce?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 1, 2017 /

  When you’re getting a divorce, you may wonder if your spouse has a claim on any of your retirement benefits. Or you may hope that you can claim a share of the family’s retirement benefits because you did not factor a divorce into your life plan until recently, and you have been counting on…

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5 Single Parent Strategies for Communicating with your Child’s Other Parent

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / October 17, 2017 /

London-based Jennifer Broadly has been a successful single parent for many years. She offers some valuable thoughts about how best to communicate with your child’s other parent. While some of the phrases and word spelling is slightly different than American English, her sentiments are universal and worth heeding. You can learn more about Jennifer at…

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Fertility Treatment Costs Out Of Reach For Most Americans

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / October 1, 2017 /

Families spend more than $230,000 on average to raise kids from birth to age 17 — a figure that doesn’t include the cost of college. Huff Post— For the 6.9 million families who have turned to fertility services, the bills pile up well before they ever hold a baby in their arms. A single cycle…

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Signs of Hostile Aggressive Parenting (HAP)

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / September 15, 2017 /

Had no idea there’s a name for this behavior. Painful watching this unfold with someone you love, here are signs of Hostile Aggressive Parenting (HAP) and interventional strategies to stop Psychological Child Abuse:  Not willing to participate in any reasonable form of written communication.  Will tell the other parent and other third parties to deal…

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