Monday’s Miscellany

Hi there!

It really doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is this week (what I am really saying is I am having 27 folks for dinner and I am so not ready)!

This week’s miscellany includes a really useful tool for parents, divorced and not, to handle scheduling through the Internet.  I have long been in favor of divorced parents communicating via email.  In fact, we have been known to train clients in how to keep the conversation civil.  This service, as lawyer/blogger Michelle O’Neil points out in the excellent Dallas Divorce Law Blog, has even been utilized as a tool by the courts.

It seems the news is still full of stories about the rise in personal bankruptcies and foreclosures.  I know the tough economy has to be even tougher for folks trying to make the income that once covered one household stretch to two.  Here is a good article on some financial mistakes that may lead to bankruptcy, courtesy of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor.

Yet another jurisdiction is considering the gay marriage issue.

Divorce is one of the most stressful life experiences there is.  It is so stressful that I routinely suggest that all clients get a counselor/therapist to help them understand the emotional roller coaster they are on.  Apparently, in Canada that individual is called a divorce coach, which seems extremely civilized (although I wonder how it is paid for, is it covered by the Canadian health insurance?).  In any case, there is an excellent and useful article on this by the ever articulate Brian Galbraith in his Ontario Family Law Blog.

And finally, I know this is possibly a bit politically incorrect, but it is funny.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!