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Custody Battle Myth #1: Parents can help their children by “insulating” them from the divorce

This is the first of eight myths articulated by fictional parents David and Laura Sherwood at the outset of the short film Talk to Strangers. The Sherwoods are interviewed by a filmmaker as they begin to contest custody of their two children, twelve-year-old Emily and nine-year-old Nicholas.

“We do a pretty good job of insulating our kids,” says Laura, confident that she and David can control the custody case’s impact upon their kids. And later on, we see Laura reminding Emily, “You know we don’t talk to you kids about the case.”

Showing Up For Your Divorce: 8 Ways To Be Proactive

Achieving your divorce goals requires that you be proactive, even if you have a

You can reasonably expect your lawyer to help you define your goals and navigate the legal system in a manner calculated to achieve them. You should not expect your lawyer to educate you about divorce, prepare you for everything that might come your way during it, or minimize its impact on your kids.

Good divorce lawyers carry a heavy caseload. All too often, several of a lawyer’s
cases reach critical stages at the same time, leaving the lawyer scrambling to prepare for settlement negotiations or trial. As a result, details can get overlooked and clients can be left unprepared.