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It’s not too early to discuss school choice with the other parent

If a person has a child approaching kindergarten in the Fall of 2020, or a child in 8th grade and ready to begin High School, choice of school issues should now be front and center.

We, at the Schwartz Law Firm, believe, and advise our clients, that the Fall season, of the year before the beginning of the following school year, is the appropriate time to determine if parents are in agreement regarding school choice. If not, a Petition for Custody (if parties have no custody order) or a Petition to Modify an existing order, should be filed right away.

New Year: It’s time to face the music

So, you’ve made it through the Holidays and New Years’, staggered to work on Monday morning, and here we are; facing a new decade. 2019, 2010….same thing…different day. Really? Is that all you’ve got?


“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Custody battles Ga-lore
My son doesn’t want to go
His Father is a Schmo
My daughter says his Wife is nothing but a bore…
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
My lawyer is a Schmuck
He says my child has to be away
For Christmas Eve he cannot stay
Or I’ll being in contempt, in jail and really out of luck…..”

Cohabitation Agreements Rarely Thought Of….Very Necessary

So, you, or your Sister, or your best friend, is thinking of buying a house or condo, with his or her friend or lover. The parties are unmarried, and have no imminent plans to marry, so a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is not in order. All seems rosy and exciting, and it certainly is while that relationship between the parties is likewise wonderful. But, despite the best intentions of the parties, people change, their needs change and their relationships can change.

What happens if:…


So, you want to take your kiddos on vacation and you are separated or divorced from their other parent, there are some things you need to consider about vacations:

1. Do you have a Custody Order through the Court, with the other parent?
2. If you do have a Custody Order through the Court, is there language in the Order that speaks to vacationing?
3. If you have a Custody Order and there is no vacation language, or if you don’t have an Order at all, what should you do to make this vacation as peaceful and relaxing as possible?


Scenario: A Parent has no Custody Order. The Other Parent has no contact with the child and no interest in having Custody time with the child. The Parent-in-Custody has no real “need” to get have a Custody Order. On the other hand, the Parent-in-Custody simply “wants” to get a Custody Order, as a perceived item of “safety” or to be able to tell the world that “I have sole custody of my child”. Are these “good enough” reasons? What may happen if the Parent-in-Custody does file for Custody?


Much of legal custody writing discusses issues and concerns surrounding Physical Custody. This flavor of custody, Physical, concerns the number of overnights a child spends with each parent. If a child spends more overnights in a month with one parent, that parent has Primary Physical Custody and the other parent has Partial Physical Custody.

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