Don't Do That

Don't say or write (text/blog/facebook/tweet/e-mail) anything to anyone (including: child, ex-spouse, and/or potential witnesses) that you would be embarrassed to say or hear repeated to the judge.


Don't allow friends or family to give you legal advice.

Such as:

In part, due to the stress, it is likely that your friend did not fully or accurately understand what happened in his/her own case, and why. Even assuming they mean well, a half-truth or inaccurate advice can mislead you -- to your detriment.

Don't fail to keep detailed records.

Human memories fade, especially regarding dates, times and events. Some day you may be required to testify as to exactly what happened and when.

The text or e-mail you receive today could be important evidence tomorrow -- IF you printed and kept it. How will you prove that you sent a letter of text, if you did not print it, and keep a copy?

Don't refuse to be flexible regarding parenting times and dates.

Be willing to trade weekends and/or holidays when requested. Be sure to confirm the new agreement in writing (e-mail is fine) and keep a printed copy.

Diane Kappeler DePascale

Diane Kappeler DePascale, J.D.

Attorney and Counselor at Law