Can My Co-parent Be Legally Monitored for Alcohol Abuse?
Know your legal options in a custody battle with an alcohol-addicted co-parent. I am not the first to say this: alcohol abuse disorder (alcohol addiction) can destroy a family. Marital problems can be difficult if not impossible to navigate unless both parties have a baseline of trust. Addictions often shatter that trust to such an extent that […]
Summer Is Here: It’s Time to Figure Out Your Custody Schedule
It is summer! Maybe the children are out of school, or, if not, they will be soon. It can be a less-pressure-filled time of the year for some, but for newly separated or divorced families, this can be a stressful time. So, if you haven’t already, get ahead of your summer and make sure the […]
Your Mental Health: What is Admissible in Court?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or forgot to pay your internet bill, you have seen coverage or at least memes stemming from the ongoing Depp vs. Heard defamation trial. The concepts of physician-patient privilege as well as a party’s mental state are among the key issues that have highlighted by this case. Lisa […]
What is financial stalking?
Understand what “financial stalking” looks like and how to respond if you are a victim. Financial stalking is the notion that one person continually checks on what the other is doing with their money and how they are spending it. Some of this activity is covert, but in other cases, the partner who […]
Lisa Zeiderman Visits The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast
You do not become one of the nation’s top family law litigators if you don’t have the ability to adapt. Lisa Zeiderman had to partially reinvent her practice during the pandemic. For the past 2 years, with court appearances, trials and depositions being held virtually, Lisa was able to keep her client’s cases moving forward. […]
“My Child is Rejecting Me in the Middle of My Divorce. What Does This Mean?”
In some families, divorce may be coupled with a child having an extreme and seemingly inexplicable rejection of a parent. Your child may be experiencing parental alienation. In the abstract for a recent article in the Journal of Forensic Science, the difference between parental alienation and realistic estrangement is defined this way: Parental alienation is […]
Manic Spending Causes Anxiety, Particularly During Divorce
Here are legal tips to protect yourself and your finances. KEY POINTS When in the midst of a divorce, there are ways to legally protect your finances from a spouse’s over-spending. Cancel joint accounts, consider a postnuptial agreement, and keep documentation of the spending patterns. Talk to a mental health professional and ask your spouse […]
Bored Panda: Husband Lashed Out At His Wife In Front Of His Family For Buying The Cheapest Thing On His Wishlist, Said She Ruined Christmas
I was quoted in a recent Bored Panda article about financial abuse. A husband lashed out at his wife because she chose the cheapest item on his Christmas wishlist. I give readers tips to gain financial independence in the face of financial abuse: Lisa Zeiderman, a New York Divorce Attorney, wrote that “controlling the finances can mean […]
9 Considerations for You And Your Co-Parent as You Navigate Child Therapy.
Children processing a divorce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic can certainly benefit from seeing a therapist. Keep the following tips in mind. Here are some basic rules of the road for choosing and dealing with your child’s therapist: Before you enlist the help of a therapist(s), make sure your co-parent approves of the […]
How to Divorce Someone Suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
One of the greatest challenges that can face a married couple or a couple in the process of getting a divorce is when one or both partners suffer from a mental health disorder. The issues that arise from the stress of marriage and child-rearing are complex for even the most emotionally stable couple. Adding a […]