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Domestic Violence and Order of Protection: What you Need to Know

March 19th, 2021 by mjp-admin

Domestic violence is a harsh reality for families everywhere. This reality has become even more prevalent in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which has made it more difficult than ever for victims to escape from their abusers. Domestic violence survivors, usually women and children, often cannot find an escape from chaos and fear of abuse that permeates every aspect of their lives.

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It’s Tax Time: Income Tax Issues for the Recently Divorced

February 19th, 2021 by mjp-admin

The year after being divorced is a period of “firsts”, where you adjust to your new life and relearn how to do things that you may have taken for granted. Many of our clients worry as April 15th approaches and they realize that they have questions on how to file their annual income tax return. Any of the best divorce lawyers or best divorce mediators can help you avoid the pitfalls of filing your first tax return after being divorced.

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“The New Normal” How Social Distancing has Changed the Nature of Divorce

February 12th, 2021 by mjp-admin

Not long ago our lives were in a rhythm and while every day was different, most of us could settle into a routine “way of life”. The rise of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing changed everything and divorce law was no different. For years the best divorce lawyers would learn new details of the practice as they arose,

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Beware of Magical Thinking in Divorce

November 12th, 2019 by mjp-admin

Many people who come to see me seem to think one or all of the following myths about divorce:

  1. Divorce is going to be the answer to all my problems.
  2. Divorce will cost me money and be an unpleasant process, but after it’s final, I will be just fine and so will the kids.
  3. After the divorce,

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The Imperative of Self-Care for Divorcing Parents: Arranging Social Options During Holidays

October 16th, 2019 by mjp-admin

A client of mine from some years ago, Mrs. X, chose a proactive stance in tackling her first Thanksgiving holiday alone after her divorce. Determined to not simmer in a sulk and drown herself in solitude with a bottle of dry Chardonnay, she chose to serve the impoverished instead.  Ironically, by nourishing the needy in the St. Louis community with a holiday meal,

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The Importance of Self-Care for Those in the Midst of Divorce Proceedings

September 26th, 2019 by mjp-admin

Family holidays and get-togethers are often a catalyst for divorcing parents to bring unnecessary personal distress upon themselves, each other, and, ultimately, their children.  Fortunately, the counter-defense to such a consequence is rather simple: the priority of healthy choices in self-care.

A Story From My Files About the Need for Self-Care

Some years ago, I was representing a woman (let’s call her Mrs.

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