May 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm


This is a companion to my article, “So You Have Your Child Custody Agreement: Now What?” I was prompted to write the first one because of a client who had a good parenting agreement but no clue how to enforce it. Six months after the court approved it, she found herself back in Court… View Article

May 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Stupid Lawyer Trick #27 – The Trigger Happy Contempt Petition

I am painfully aware that I come across with posts like this as an arrogant “know-it-all”. Do you think I like that? I hate it! I write these things in spite of wanting to be nice and constructive, not because I want to hurt feelings or offend. I do want to share ideas that will… View Article

May 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

The Lost Art of the Letter: and Finding a Perfect Informal Font

Susan Jacoby’s “The Age of American Unreason” , is a brilliant assessment of the last 50 years of American Intellectual thought, but: It was published in Feb. 2008, which means it missed the smart phone and Donald Trump! She ends it in a bit of a rant about the relative uselessness of the screen, decries… View Article

May 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Collaborative Divorce: I Remain Unconvinced

Here is a Huffpost article and scholarly discussion of “Collaborative Divorce”. It left me cold with the terms “psychotherapy” and “psychotherapists”. Sorry, but I’m in the trenches, trying to save clients and their children. Cannot see that adding a layer to this often contentious cake will be an improvement. Anyone who has read my stuff,… View Article

April 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm

E-Mail Pitfalls and Opportunities

I am impatient. I do not understand the lawyer who will dictate a formal letter, scan it, and fax it, or, God Forbid, “snail-mail” it!  I still send letters, but I prefer a quick note, or even a substantive communication, typed in short, numbered, paragraphs, in the moment, and sent on its way. There are… View Article

April 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Brand New WV Custody and Alimony Law

Note to my readers: I apologize for the limited nature of this post, but it is the end of a long week, and I need time to digest these major revisions to West Virginia’s Child Custody and Alimony Laws. This is a first impression. I am told that Senate Bill 51, which you can Google,… View Article

March 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

My “Law Coach” or My Lawyer?

Unbundled Legal Services “My ‘law coach’ or my lawyer?” It this a trick question? Not really, but there is a difference. Let’s say you have a divorce or custody case; or, that you, or you and your estranged partner, just want some guidance and help in getting through your legal problem. What do you do?… View Article

March 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

You Aren’t Going to Mediation! (Now what will you do?)

This article is aimed primarily at family court lawyers, but lay people may benefit. Let’s keep something in mind. Personal injury and civil mediation are different from family mediation. People are representing themselves in family court perhaps 70% of the time and somehow surviving. There are mandatory forms, parenting classes, and a form of “one… View Article

March 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm

2018: Mediation Tips Revised

KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL MEDIATION: Fundamentals of Mediation Editors Note: This rambles a bit, so I have highlighted some keys in bold red. I sometimes forget how little the average litigant, and even judges, know about mediation. There are no riveting serial television dramas staring a team of courageous mediators. Although my wife loves “Bull”… View Article

March 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Digging Down 2018 – Short and Sweet!

Digging Down 2018: Short and Sweet Here’s the deal. Whether you have a lawyer or not, you probably will get some forms that are mandatory for your case. Take them seriously. The authors of the forms know you probably won’t read the law or rules, so, with luck, the forms can guide you to providing… View Article