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Is Your Lawyer a Psychopath?

Experts say that psychopaths comprise about one percent of the general population. Studies have shown, however, that a higher percentage of psychopaths are attracted to certain professions. For example, about ten percent of chief operating officers are psychopaths (no wonder you didn’t get along with that boss). Now, Kevin Dutton, a psychologist at Oxford, has […]

Discovery Sanctions in Custody Case

The father filed to modify custody of two children.  He sent interrogatories and document requests to the mother under the Discovery Rules of the Court. Discovery Rules Discovery is a process in which you can ask questions and request documents from the other side. The purpose of discovery is to avoid surprises at trial and […]

liquidated damages in a divorce

“Simplify.  Simplify.”  — Henry David Thoreau Divorce negotiations can feel like Whack-A-Mole. There are so many issues. And they are interconnected so if you change one the others change. For example, if alimony goes up, child support goes down. One tool I have in my divorce toolbox is liquidated damages. That means reducing disputes to […]

It is not a compliment to say a lawyer has a “sharp practice.” It does not mean that he is the sharpest pencil in the drawer or that he is well-dressed. I first heard that term when I clerked for the public defender during my final year of law school. I asked the public defender […]

You don't have to have contempt for the other in a divorce

As I watch the President refusing to shake the Speaker’s hand, and the Speaker tearing up the President’s State of the Union address, they remind me of my divorce clients who have nothing but contempt for their soon-to-be-ex’s. When I was in the army, there was a saying. Respect the uniform even if you don’t […]

The dog ate my homework.

“The court discourages requests to postpone court events.”  — Family Law Manual, Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland   It is the policy for the court to provide timely justice for the citizens of Maryland, so getting a postponement in your divorce case is not easy. All requests for postponements have to be by motion, in […]

A move about divorce law

If you are getting divorced or thinking about divorce, you must see the Netflix movie, “Marriage Story”.  My son saw it and asked if divorce law was really like the movie. So I decided to watch it. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver fall in love, get married and have a son together. Inevitably, different agendas […]

You are never angry for the reason you think you are. So when someone is upset or angry with you, don’t take it personally.

My son was still smarting this morning from the lecture he got from his mom for playing computer games last night.  I told him that his mom is not angry at him and she just wants the best for him.  So he should not let it get to him. Then I told him some stories […]