Family Law Unraveled

The latest from Margaret's blog

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shoppers hurry by, red cheeked and purposeful. Salvation Army Santas jingle their bells in front of Macy’s. Cookies arrive in offices from clients and vendors and are promptly eaten, accompanied by the obligatory groans about too many sweets. And for…
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Public/Private

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What’s up with these people who are so crazed about airport body scanners? Brian Sodergren, the guy who’s leading the pack, says he cannot stand the thought of the TSA taking images of his eight and ten year old daughters….
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Stuff

Monday, October 25, 2010

When people get divorced, they have to divide up property they accumulated during their life together. Houses, cars, bank accounts, investments and retirement benefits are all on the table to be shuffled, distributed, or sometimes divided. To be sure, I…
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Promises Promises

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I just finished a big trial. Big because it lasted for three days and big because the issues involved are new. New for me, new for opposing counsel, new for the court. What’s involved is the break-up of a same…
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Office Field Trip

Friday, July 30, 2010

Some law firms go on summer outings to the Phillies. Some have barbecues or picnics. We closed the office early yesterday and took a field trip to the movies. We went to see The Kids Are All Right – a…
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Afternoon at the Movies

Some law firms go on summer outings to the Phillies. Some have barbecues or picnics. We closed the office early yesterday and took a field trip to the movies. We went to see The Kids Are All Right – a…
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Some law firms go on summer outings to the Phillies. Some have picnics or barbecues. At my firm, we took a field trip to the movies to see The Kids Are All Right – a fabulous drama about married lesbian…
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Dog Days

Friday, July 09, 2010

Summer is in full humid sticky lazy force. Traffic is light on the way to work. The evenings are long and social. Court dates are continued due to vacation schedules. Opposing counsel will get back to you a week from…
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History Rewritten

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I was talking to a cousin of mine at a family gathering over Memorial Day weekend, and the conversation turned to her adoption, as a girl, by her step-father. My cousin’s father had died when she was very young and…
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Prince Charming

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I am obsessed with the topic of women’s economic self-sufficiency. When I was in my early twenties, I thought it was important, as an abstract principle, for women to be able to support themselves. But I didn’t know the half…
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Her Honor

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When I was a baby lawyer, judges were the embodiment of authority: unapproachable white men at least two generations older than me who probably didn’t even have first names. Today, I often walk into court and someone who looks just…
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Hopeless Romantics

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Right after Valentine’s Day, there was a lot of excitement in my office because our paralegal, Anna Marie, got engaged. We were excited not only because we were happy for her but also because we were enchanted by the proposal…
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Hearsay Blues

Friday, February 26, 2010

Suppose your four year old tells you something very bad about their other parent. Suppose you completely believe what your child has told you. Suppose your child will not repeat what he told you to anyone else. Can you tell…
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Client vs. Friend

Friday, February 19, 2010

Recently, a client I like a lot invited me to a party celebrating the one year anniversary of her divorce. That was a first for me, but I went and had a great time. It made me think about the…
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The New Year’s Resolution

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Okay, so it’s a little late, but here I am, inaugurating a blog about family law as I live and breathe it. My resolution for 2010 is to share stories from the trenches and ideas from the tower about the…
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