New Leaf Family Blog


“Now I get TWO birthdays!”: The Upsides of Divorce for Kids

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Jan 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

When we imagine the effects of Divorce on our children, parents often project their own fears, worries and concerns on their children. Instead, there is an opportunity to listen to what is important to our children, and that they may see benefits as well as loss, in the change in your family. Let them tell you in their words … in their way.

How Can I Afford to Get Divorced?

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Oct 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

At New Leaf Family, we have re-thought the family law process from beginning to end to align with our clients’ values. We help our clients make better decisions, reduce conflict, and improve outcomes, all with a billing plan that is reasonable, predictable, and structured in a way to incentivize our client, and the New Leaf Family team to work towards the best resolutions chosen by the client.

Your “Day In Court” – It’s Not What You Think

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Sep 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Having your day in court” may sound like a good idea … but in matters involving your family’s life, what it really means is turning over the most important decisions affecting you, to a total stranger. The result can take a long time, and is often not what you would have chosen had you been able. And you are able … you may just need a little support.

Fighting Over "Stuff"

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Sep 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a divorce, fighting over “stuff” can often be a proxy for working out all the inequities that the soon-to-be-divorced couple perceive from their marriage. Emotions can run hot, and many resources: financial, emotional, and energetic, can be misspent on engaging in a battle, when winning won’t feel all that great. There is a better way.

How Much Does Divorce Cost?

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divorce has many costs, in money, time and personal angst. While money is a primary consideration, it is important to also focus on how divorce will affect you and your family. One way to ease the difficulty, is to make the cost lower, and more certain … and to make the process serve you, the client, better.

Why Should I Hire A Lawyer For My Uncontested Divorce?

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Aug 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are one of the lucky ones who has decided to get a divorce in a relatively conflict-free way, congratulations. Count your lucky stars. You may be tempted to just try your best to figure out the paperwork and handle it all pro se (self-represented).  Do. Not. Do. This.  Your future self ...

Splitting The Baby In Half: How To Handle Parental Alienation

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Aug 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Parental Alienation is real, and it is harmful to the children. You may wish for the Wisdom of Solomon in these situations. To get it, you must not hope for King Solomon himself to swoop in, but must instead take steps toward improving the situation for your children, and yourself. Working with an experienced team can help you get your children out of the middle, and to stop this bad behavior from their other parent (and others.)

How to Negotiate Parenting with Someone Who Is Not Rational

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Aug 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes it feels like working on your parenting time is like negotiating with a crazy person. It can be exhausting, and leave you feeling worn out, so that you don’t show up to your parenting time as the best version of yourself. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can negotiate with your ex … and know when it is time to bring in the professionals.

If Your Spouse Has A Mental Health Issue

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Jul 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes one (or both) spouses in a marriage live with a mental health issue. When it comes to ending the partnership, these issues can make the process much more difficult. The "system" isn't designed for this. But a caring, careful law firm can help you stay on track, and make the best decisions for yourself and your family.

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