The Custody Case of Nicole Curtis’ Son & the Role of the Courts in Breastfeeding

December 4, 2017

A recent Oakland County custody case made national headlines (read a People magazine story here), since it involved HGTV and DIY Network’s Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis. Born and raised in Lake Orion, 41-year-old Curtis has been locked in a two-year custody battle for her young son, Harper. The father, a Minnesota businessman named Shane […]

The Emotional Side of Divorce

November 27, 2017

Have you ever been the person dialing an old friend to whine into the phone about how sad, lonely, depressed you are? Have you ever called that person repeatedly, just needing to talk one more time? We all get needy at times, when things seem urgent in this very moment, and we must have someone […]

Living in This 24/7 World

November 13, 2017

We’re all constantly connected. Walking down the street, glancing at your phone. Riding a bike, checking texts. Plugged in while driving the car, letting Siri tell us who emailed and speaking our responses while we signal to turn right. We come home from a full day of work and check our messages. Click on the […]

Relationships Make Us Healthier

October 30, 2017

Although I am in the business of dissolving relationships in a legal way, I’ve learned about the importance of relationships in keeping us sane, healthy and alive. Recently, I came across a TED talk about a 75-year study at Harvard University about what makes people happy. The researchers studied the same individuals over a 75-year […]

Don’t Rush the Process

October 16, 2017

Divorce takes time. Really, anything takes time. A client recently pushed me to move faster on her divorce because she was closing on the sale of her house and needed the divorce to happen according to that time schedule. She needed her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s signature on a temporary order so the sale could happen as it […]

Let’s Get Personal

October 2, 2017

We all get caught in our personal relationships, whether on Facebook or texting, rushing the connection to get things done and make sure we check to-dos off our list. Well, moving fast and communicating remotely with others does not serve us well. In any capacity. You’ve seen the couples out to dinner at a restaurant, […]

I’m a Super Lawyer – Again!

September 18, 2017

I am so thrilled to share the news that my peers have voted me a Super Lawyer for 2017! This makes three consecutive years of winning this prestigious designation, a peer-recognition that conveys the worth and magnitude of my dedication and practice. I am happy to be a Super Lawyer. It means my legal colleagues […]

Loving & Hating Facebook

September 4, 2017

I have a love-hate affair with Facebook. I bet we all do, if we get down to it. There is something tempting and satisfying about checking in to see all the people we know and who know us, to remember milestones and moments in the lives of other people as we race along our busy schedules, […]

Courage to Surrender Control

August 21, 2017

As a Collaborative family law attorney, I believe parties in the Collaborative Process must have the courage to surrender control to the process and let things unfold as they will. It is a specific process where the parties do the following: Sign on to the process. Gather information about finances, about children, about shared assets. […]

Cooperation as Litigation Strategy

August 7, 2017

As a litigator preparing for trial, I learned to put myself in the other party’s shoes and imagine their position or arguments in order to be prepared to respond. To know the best angle or see the potential weakness in my own case, I have to be able to see the other side. What happens […]