Help! I’m stuck Sheltering-in-Place with my Spouse; but this Marriage is Over!

5 tips you can do NOW to prepare for your divorce.  Prepare your “Marriage Story”: When you hire an attorney to represent you in your divorce, your attorney needs to have a good grasp of the issues within your marriage and how those issues arose.  With this background, your attorney can fiercely advocate your case…

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, families are required to spend all or most of their time at home.  According to the New York Times, society has unfortunately already seen a vast increase in domestic violence with these social distancing measures. Abusers have always used tactics like isolation to wield power and control, and isolation is…

Co-Parenting and the Unique Circumstances Presented by COVID-19

As we all navigate the path of living our lives amid a pandemic, those of us who are separated, divorced, or otherwise co-parenting with another parent find ourselves in uncharted territory.   It is rare that a Parenting Plan anticipates unscheduled school breaks, digital learning, suspension of activities, and quarantines.  The first step in the…

All Things Family Law

Smith & Lake is proud to announce the creation of “All Things Family Law” a recurring legal blog. ATFL will provide timely information on a variety of topics including divorce, child custody & access, child support, same sex relationships, legitimation/paternity, maintenance/alimony, adoptions, pre- & post-nuptial agreements, mediation/arbitration, guardian ad litem, and special education law.  With…