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November 2017 Archives

Are you staying in your unhappy marriage because of the kids?

Some days, you think you can make it work, but other days, you just want it over with. This is common for many who are considering ending their marriages, especially if they have children. Like many going through this struggle, you are likely wrestling with feelings of failure and concern about your future. You may also have worries about how a divorce will affect your children.

North Dakota Heart Gallery helps children in need of adoption

The North Dakota Heart Gallery was promoting National Adoption Day on November 18. The NDHG is a non-profit, privately-funded organization that encourages the adoption of children throughout North Dakota. The organization travels to events and exhibitions across the state and features professional photographs of children in need of adoptive parents on its website.

Digital divorce trials taking place in the UK

Traditionally, couples seeking divorce in the United States must fill out paperwork including a Petition for Divorce, which they must file with the county court. They must bring in the paperwork, pay the filing fee and have it date-stamped by the clerk. The current system in the United Kingdom similarly requires those seeking divorce to send completed forms to a court for consideration. However, a digital divorce scheme, which is now being tested in the UK, provides an alternative to this method of divorce.

The business of protecting your small business during a divorce

If you own a small business in North Dakota, you know how difficult it can be to start and maintain a successful entrepreneurial venture. The end of your marriage can be a threat to all of your hard work, and you may be wondering how you can protect your small business assets during this difficult time.

Is your ex's addiction endangering your children?

Substance abuse issues are destroying families in North Dakota and across the country. With opioid and heroin epidemics raging in all corners of the nation, not to mention the prevalence of alcohol abuse, parents are finding themselves dealing with spouses who can no longer fulfill their responsibilities to the family. This leads to painful divorce and custody issues.


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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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