Family & Divorce

There are many types of industries in which hiring independent contractors is a big part of a company’s business model. There are some benefits to working with independent contractors, but as with any type of hiring practice, it’s important to make sure you abide by all the federal and territorial rules and plan out the hiring in a way that protects your company. With this in mind, here are some tips for hiring independent contractors…
In a guest article, Hello Divorce CEO Erin Levine shares how self-love helped her overcome a traumatic experience – and become a more authentic startup founder as a result. “What got to me was the discovery that to truly be relevant, to sell yourself and your brand, you need to dive far deeper internally than you ever have before. Nobody tells you when you build a startup that what you know about yourself is not…
The holidays can be a minefield for any family, but they’re particularly tricky for ex-spouses who must interact for the sake of their children. Try as you might, ignoring your ex just isn’t an option. You’ll find it far easier to keep your cool if you frame every interaction as an opportunity to set a positive example for your kids. The following etiquette best practices should also help you get through this tough time of…
Facts: When Mother and Father divorced, Mother was designated the primary residential parent for their child. Ten years later, Father petitioned the divorce court to change custody. Father’s allegations included: Mother’s living conditions are unhealthy and unsafe; Mother smokes pot around the child; the child is often left alone at night, with Mother returning in the early morning hours; and the child complains of having little or no food in the home. Mother sends the child…
Facts: When Mother and Father — the parents of two children — divorced, they agreed to a parenting plan designating Mother as the children’s primary residential parent. Five years later, Father petitioned to change custody. Father complained that the children had an excessive number of unexcused absences from school during Mother’s parenting time. The trial court found the children’s unexcused absences was a material change. It explained: Being absent from school can cause a child…
A sole proprietorship is the simplest business structure you can operate under. It is technically not a legal entity—it is just a single person who owns the business and is personally responsible for its debts. The business can operate under the name of its owner or under a fictitious trade name. Sole proprietorships are popular because they are simple to establish and relatively inexpensive. All you need to do is register your trade name with…
It’s Saturday morning. I’m sitting by the fire, sipping coffee, and reading appellate opinions while I wait for the snow flurries to arrive. And then something in one opinion catches my eye. The case itself is not blogworthy, but this excerpt is too good not to share. Stepmother recalled an instance in which Mother became quite upset with Father and Stepmother for dressing the child in an Ole Miss t-shirt, and sent Stepmother some “pretty…
It’s been a while. A year and a half, actually, since I announced the end of my marriage. Related: Q&A with Jill Smokler, Founder of ‘Scary Mommy,’ on Life After Divorce When the news came out, I was bombarded with messages from fellow gay spouses all around the world. The letters of support were easy to respond to, and so very much appreciated. The other letters, however – the ones seeking my advice – were…
Montgomery County is making major revisions to its custody procedure, including an overhaul of the “Our Children First” parenting seminar. This seminar is a requirement under Local Rule of Civil Procedure 1915.3* and mandatory for parties in custody cases. Effective today, the Court has temporarily suspended that Local Rule and the Court Administrator’s Office will refund registrations fees to anyone who is currently registered for the program and will not be accept registrations pending further…