Lagniappe (aka Blog)


Three types of friends that are unhelpful in a divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

During a life-changing event such as divorce it is normal to seek guidance and support from friends. For the most part this support is beneficial but there are those friends, who despite their best intentions, create negative energy and may impede your judgment in the divorce process. The fr...

Child Custody and Poly Parenthood

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Family dynamics are changing and the legal system meets these changings with varying degrees of success. With leaps in assisted-reproduction and the embrace of non-traditional family structures courts are moving past the historic two-parent model. However, Courts still struggle to balance the rig...

Legal Age for Marriage

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a family law attorney, I was riveted to hear about this 17-year-old Girl Scout fighting to change the law in her home state of New Hampshire; the law allows girls as young as 13, and boys who are 14 to be married with the consent of a judge who finds a special circumstance. You can watch th...

Motherhood and Abortion by Guest Blogger - Kaitlin Buie

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The nuances of abortion are not something readily discussed in our society. Abortion is a hot button issue that many people feel strongly about on both sides of the isle and I view this issue through a limited partisan lens, often ignoring both scientific and economic facts. One of the most strik...

Why Parental Alienation is Harmful and How to Avoid it

Posted by Elise Buie | Jun 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parental alienation occurs when a child, during a high conflict divorce, aligns himself or herself on the side of one parent to the detriment of their relationship with/completely alienation of the other parent. There are concrete steps you can take to avoid this situation, as it is harmful for a...

College Costs for Divorced Couples

Posted by Elise Buie | May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you have children of any age and are seeking a divorce make sure that negotiating college costs is top on your financial priority list. If your children are young, it is easy to overlook the importance of this issue or feel confident that it will sort itself out later. Unfortunately this is of...

Top 3 Nuggets of Wisdom to Share with Your Teenager

Posted by Elise Buie | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Independent thinking The ability to think outside the box is a skill that will serve your teen in almost all circumstances. This includes critical thinking, which must be fostered from a relatively young age. If you consistently impede your child's ability to create their own thoughts and opin...

Prenups Are More Romantic Than You Think

Posted by Elise Buie | May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Maybe it's not as idyllic as picking out wedding décor, but a prenup is one of the best marriage related decisions you will ever have the opportunity to make.  A prenup is a financial document that allocates money between parties in the case of divorce. In no way does it signal an intention to di...

Property in Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

As part of any divorce, property must be divided between the parties. Washington law dictates how the courts go about making this division. Nature of Property: Washington is a community property state, which means that property accrued during marriage is owned by both spouses, with the excepti...

Apps that Make Divorce a Little Bit Easier

Posted by Elise Buie | May 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are all on our phones 24/7 so why not add a few more apps to your home screen that could help you manage divorced life? App - Two HappyHomes (similar to Our Family Wizard, my fave) This app lets co-parents create calendars, store important medical information, share photos, and record ...

Why Your Child May Be Refusing to See Their Other Parent

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Depending on the nature of your custody arrangement, it is likely that your children are required to split time between two houses. Things can get complicated when your child may not want to go to one house or another. This refusal can occur for a wide variety of reasons and it is important to un...

Is mediation right for you?

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mediating rather than litigating your divorce can be both financially and emotionally beneficial. A mediator is not an alternative to a divorce lawyer but is a great potential asset for those who would like to settle their divorce using a more collaborative method than the courtroom.  Mediation i...

How to know when it’s time to leave your partner?

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

According to psychologists, many people stay in unhappy marriages out of fear or avoidance. If you are contemplating divorce, be honest with yourself about what is holding you back from making that decision.  Are you worried you wont find another life partner? Are you worked about how you will fa...

Tips for managing high conflict divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Writing All communication, no matter how trivial, should be done in writing. Email is preferable to text because email is easily searchable and can be accessed from a variety of different devices. Commit to your parenting plan Follow the tenants of your parenting plan. Treat your parenting pla...

Don't Listen to Bad Advice

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most of the time unsolicited advice is innocuous, but in the case of divorce, advice from well meaning but misinformed people can be harmful. Encouraging acrimony Especially if you feel slighted by your divorce, it is likely that those around you may encourage you to “fight” or be intenti...

Co-Parenting and Camps by Karen Bonnell

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

Planning for summer two to three months in advance allows everyone in the family to prepare for, and enjoy summer with less stress, conflict and uncertainty. Once the summer schedule is set, parents may still make requests of one another for schedule changes in order to take advantage of spontan...

Divorce Teaches Us What is Important

Posted by Elise Buie | Apr 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

 Divorce isn't happy but divorce can teach us all a whole heck of a lot about happiness. For better or worse, divorce is one of the quickest ways to find out what is important to you. Negotiating a separation from a life partner really puts things into perspective regarding the fragility and unpr...

5 tips for single parents

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

1.  Love yourself Being a single parent is incredibly daunting and you will be a thousand times more successful if you engage in self-care. In order to be a good parent, especially when doing the job solo, its important to be the best version of your self. This can only be achieved by loving you...

Filing for a Domestic Violence Protection Order

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Domestic Violence Protection Orders are fee to file. You do not need to wait to be a victim of physical domestic violence to file for a protection order, but you do need to show fear of physical harm from someone with whom you have a romantic relationship or is a family member. What is a Domes...

Are You Sure You Want a Divorce?

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Divorce isn't something that anyone “wants” but it is frequently presented as a solution to insolvable marital issues. Divorce can be expensive, emotionally draining, and acrimonious. Sometimes divorce really is the best choice, but it is important to consider a few important factors when grappli...

Therapy - Be the Best You

Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week, actress, singer, and most followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez revealed that she attends 5 sessions of therapy per week. Gomez has been candid about her struggles with depression and anxiety, especially after her Lupus diagnosis last year and hopes that being open about her thera...


Posted by Elise Buie | Mar 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The GOP unveiled their new healthcare plan last week. For years, conservatives have railed against the Affordable Care Act and vowed to replace it with a better and more affordable alternative.  As it turns out, there was no real plan in place and they began scrambling to put something together i...

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