What is ICWA?

  The Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) is a federal law enacted in 1978 in response to the child welfare policies that negatively impacted Indian families throughout the United States.  The United States government, over the years, enacted laws and policies that broke apart Indian families and tribes devastating the cultural heritage of several generations […]

Can I change an agreement reached at an Early Neutral Evaluation or at a mediation?

More and more people going through a family court matter are choosing to participate in an Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) rather than jumping right to a trial where a judge shall permanently decide the matter.  An Early Neutral Evaluation is a confidential evaluation process that occurs within a month or two of a family court […]

What is an Initial Case Management Conference (“ICMC”) Hearing?

Most people envision going to a courthouse for jury duty or to apply for a marriage license.  Going to a courthouse is not something most people do very often.  The thought of having to go to court for an Initial Case Management Conference (“ICMC”) Hearing can be a scary thought.  People going through a divorce, child […]

How does the new legislation regarding cohabitation affect spousal maintenance?

If you are a former spouse who pays spousal maintenance or receives spousal maintenance, you need to be aware of a significant change to our spousal maintenance law that became effective August 1, 2016.  A former spouse who is in a new relationship could potentially have his or her spousal maintenance reduced, suspended or eliminated.  The […]

What questions should I ask when hiring an attorney?

Most people have never had to hire an attorney.  When they find themselves in need of a family law attorney, they often are so focused on what is going on in their life at the time that they do not know what they should discuss with an attorney or where to even start with their […]

What should I expect when I go to court?

Unless you are an attorney or a judge, being in a courtroom is scary.  Most people’s experience with court is what they see on television.  What you see on television is much different than what television dramas show it to be.  So, what is it like going to the courthouse for a court hearing? Leave […]