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The Challenge of Using 'Parental Alienation' Accusations in a Custody Case

Melissa Iacobucci | September 22, 2016

A separated mother and father are both frequently criticizing each other in front of their 10-year-old child. A separated father tells his children the mother isn't being fair to him. A separated mother complains to the children that the father doesn't have time for them. Do these complaints rise to the level of parental alienation?

Young Lawyer

  • Top Five Lessons for New Attorneys Starting Out

    By Tom Gushue

    I am approaching my fifth-year anniversary of becoming an attorney. As a new attorney, it can be very difficult ­adjusting to billable hours, dealing with demanding clients, and managing work stress. I have learned many valuable lessons in the past five years, and I'd like to share my top five lessons.

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Business of Law

  • 6 Biggest Career Mistakes Made by Lawyers: Part One

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    Thirty-two years in the legal ­profession, the last 15 of which have been as a recruiter and consultant, has provided a unique perspective on the career paths of lawyers. I have witnessed some, who I would have bet would become wildly successful, fall far below ­expectations. Others, who, early in their careers, were not superstars, ultimately rose to extraordinarily high levels, much to the surprise of many who started with them.

  • The Power of Your Words: Make a Positive Difference

    By Frank D'Amore

    "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." —Rudyard Kipling

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Litigation

  • What Litigators Should Know About the Mediation Process

    By Stephanie H. Klein

    The word mediation is frequently used by litigators, but it often describes different processes. For example, the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas uses a senior judge to help settle cases and his efforts are commonly referred to as mediation. In a conference that might last 45 minutes, he speaks to attorneys after carefully reviewing their memoranda.

  • What if the Party is Unable or Unwilling to Pay for Arbitration?

    By Abraham J. Gafni

    Parties who have entered into a valid arbitration agreement understand that under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the matter generally must be ­resolved through arbitration rather than court litigation. Only after such resolution may they seek enforcement of the ­arbitration award or other relief in court.

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