Crowdfunding your divorce

Melissa DossDivorce

Since its inception in 1997, crowdfunding has evolved from being a platform for just entrepreneurs to a platform for anybody that needs help to ask for it. There have been some really wacky campaigns that have actually gotten funded too! For instance, in 2012, a guy started a Kickstarter campaign to make “Combat Kitchenware” and actually received over $40,000 to … Read More

Prince demonstrates why a will is important

Melissa DossWills

Prince official 1999 video

This article demonstrates why having a will is so important! His rumored lack of estate planning is going to be leaving a nightmare for his family. Prince’s apparent lack of planning may cost his estate Kelley Holland | @KKelleyHolland As an artist, Prince was fiercely protective of his music. “If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you,” he said … Read More

Getting a Will: Six Common Questions

Melissa DossWills

get a will

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD Let’s assume that you’ll live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in your sleep. Or not. And if not, isn’t it time to think about getting your will done? It’s one of those tasks that many people tend to put off, for obvious reasons. But at least one responsible parent is on the case: A … Read More

DIY Divorce: 7 Tips For Going to Court Without a Lawyer

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

Going to court without a lawyer is rarely a good idea. Going to court without a lawyer in a divorce case, where your children, your assets, and your future income are at stake, is the ultimate bad idea. Yet, sometimes, you don’t have a choice. You may not have the money to pay a divorce lawyer. Or, your divorce lawyer … Read More

The Shared Parenting Myth

Melissa Dossadoption info

family

Does open adoption mean shared parenthood? No. Legally, there is only one formal set of parents—the adoptive parents—with the right to make decisions for their child. But the matter goes far beyond legalities. If the birthparents wanted to be parents, they would have chosen to raise the child especially since adoption is so much more difficult than the other alternatives. … Read More

What is Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody?

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

child custody

Your attorney should explain the difference is between joint custody and sole custody—but here are the basics.  When the court does not believe the parents can cooperate well enough to work together for the child, the court will award sole custody to one parent over the other. In most cases however, joint custody is based on the courts belief that encouraging parents … Read More

What Your Divorce Lawyer Should Be Doing and When

Melissa DossDivorce

divorce_lawyer

The practice of law is not a science, but it’s not exactly an art either. There are certain things your attorney can and should be doing. For some guidelines, refer to the following list: Your lawyer should have an overall plan for your case. This might simply mean that she plans to meet with your spouse’s lawyer within the next … Read More

5 Reasons Everyone Should Have a Lawyer

Melissa DossLawyer

Published on January 16, 2013 by jonathan Simply put: Lawyers get a bad rap these days. While I love a good lawyer joke as much as the next guy, the truth is that most lawyers are honest, hard-working and knowledgeable professionals that look out for the best interest of their clients. Like doctors, mechanics or accountants they are professionals with … Read More

Minding the Kids in Divorce: Minimizing the Mental Health Impact

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

New research finds silver lining in kids’ resilience, but experts emphasize vigilance. ORIGINAL ARTICLE By Michael O. SchroederJan. 19, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.  With up to half of marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce – and rates of divorce higher for subsequentmarriages – many children face challenges from their parents’ split that can follow them for a lifetime, including … Read More

Open Adoption – Pros and Cons

Melissa Dossadoption info

I was recently asked what “open adoption” was. Essentially it is an adoption where the birth parents remain involved in the children’s lives. Closed adoptions on the other hand mean the birth parents know nothing about the adoptive parents and have no contact after the birth. Here is a good article from ABC News that describes the pros and cons. … Read More