Communicating Effectively – Making Co-parenting Work for the Benefit of Children
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
5d ago
I was speaking to a parent who has joint custody and asking him what are the most important things when it comes to co-parenting. His top three suggestions are: Communicating effectively. What causes it to be effective?  In writing, concise, neutral, and non blaming.  Don’t always respond immediately if you have a reaction that is unfavorable initially. Give yourself time to digest and find a way to respond without reactivity.  Keep in mind, what’s best for your children always.  Being organized in your communication is also important.  Google calendar is effective.&n ..read more
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Don’t Do This! Children As a Weapon in Child Custody Cases
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
5d ago
The most important you have as is raising your children to be happy, healthy individuals. When you are divorced this can become a greater challenge as you navigate your thoughts and feelings about your ex spouse. How you treat them and how you interact with them in front of and around your child has the power to support your children in their quest for wholeness or it can destroy them.  Parents sometimes lose sight of this when they are in a high conflict divorce. The high conflict divorce causes animosity and anger that can carry on in the relationship and do serious damage to the childr ..read more
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Co-Parenting With a Difficult Ex
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
5d ago
In jurisdictions where joint legal custody is the norm, co-parenting can be a constant struggle. You hope that you will be able to resolve things without fighting but the threat is ever present when you have a difficult parent who wants to be contrary. And remember, you divorced for good reason! The designations for custody in a joint legal custody situation can be shared by the parties according to the six categories: Civic, cultural, extracurricular, medical, education, and religion.  If you are the primary decision maker, you have the final say in all of the decisions. If you have join ..read more
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Preparing To Move Out When You Don’t Have The Money
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
5d ago
The first step is establishing a budget when you are preparing to move out.  It sometimes seems impossible to figure it all out but you can do it.  The first question is where will you live?  Do you have someone you can stay with?  Parents, relatives, friends?   You don’t want to impose, but if you are in a bad situation, having a soft landing spot can help you as you save money to get on your feet. Expenses To Consider Before Moving Out After Divorcing Find out what your credit score is before you begin approaching places to rent.  You may need a co-signer i ..read more
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Gratitude: Your Secret Weapon to Creating Inner Peace
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Jennifer Sutton
1M ago
Why Is Gratitude Important? Have you ever heard the saying, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense? What if the best offense in your divorce (in addition to having Leigh Daniel Family Law to get you the legal outcomes you need) is actually your attitude? Have you noticed that when you are able to hold your peace and make decisions from that place, rather than your fear or anger, you are generally happier and feel more successful? But HOW do you stay peaceful when your former partner is making life so very difficult? “…we interpret every situation according to our unique conditioning, and that’s wh ..read more
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How to Create a Holiday Miracle: The Best DIY Project Ever!
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Jennifer Sutton
1M ago
Gratitude for Your Curiosity and Trust I love that you kept reading even after seeing the title! You didn’t assume it’s impossible to create a miracle. You’re so brave and hopeful! Let’s jump into this DIY miracle adventure together!  AI Confirms Our Suspicions Most people think a holiday miracle is something that a higher power has to create. Even the artificial intelligence app I asked thought so. I asked Chat.gpt, a “large language model trained by OpenAI” how it would define a Christmas miracle. It confirmed out belief, saying: “A Christmas miracle is a special event or occurrence tha ..read more
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When Living In The Current Moment Feels Painful
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Jennifer Sutton
1M ago
Does the smell of warm spiced cider bring up challenging emotions for you? Do you feel sad or even angry when you imagine engaging in your normal holiday traditions (that no longer feel normal)? Do you break down weeping when you hear “Silent Night” on the radio? Do you dread going to church in December because you know they will sing that at some point? Would you like to feel safe, centered, and even happy throughout the holidays, despite these jarring reactions to things that used to bring you pleasure? Are You Triggered? I used to think these reactions were all triggers, but the definition ..read more
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Are Expectations Making You Dread the Holidays?
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Jennifer Sutton
2M ago
Holiday Dread Is Real Are you dreading the holidays this year? You’re not alone. According to Charity Clinic, “Many people actually dread the holiday season and would prefer to avoid it altogether. According to a survey, 45% of those people living in the United States would choose to skip out on the holidays, rather than deal with the stress of it all.” (https://www.claritychi.com/holiday-stress/) The holidays can often be an intense time for folks, even for families that are not going through big shifts in structure (divorce, re-marriage, custody issues, etc.). So it makes sense that for folk ..read more
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How Long Does An Uncontested Divorce Take In Alabama?
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
2M ago
Spouses in Alabama who have decided to end their marriage and agree on all issues about the divorce may obtain an uncontested divorce in a matter of a few months. An uncontested divorce can save money and time. But it is only possible if the two spouses can reach an agreement on how all issues will be handled, such as payment of debts, spousal support, and child support. Even in an uncontested divorce, you should have legal representation to help you understand your rights and interests. Alabama family law attorney Leigh Daniel can help you work through the issues in an uncontested divorc ..read more
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What You Can Do When Your Life is Falling Apart
Leigh Daniel | Huntsville Alabama Divorce Blog
by Leigh Daniel, Attorney at Law
2M ago
I love how nature reminds us that some things fall apart EVERY YEAR …and then usually grow back the next year, sometimes bigger or stronger (or maybe more fruitful) than the year before. The trees don’t struggle against losing their leaves every year…they know it’s all part of the process. “There comes a time when you have to let everything fall apart. When you have to stop fighting for a life you’ve outgrown and trust that you will be okay, even if you can’t see how right now. For a while everything may feel messy and hard, and you may feel scared and lost. Embrace the fear. Embrace the unce ..read more
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