Toburen Law Enhances Services with Hiring of First Employee, New Office Space

2019 it is shaping up to be a red-letter year for Toburen Law with the addition of the firm’s first full time employee and new office space in the historic Pike House in downtown Grand Rapids – changes that will enhance our services to clients.

I’m very pleased to announce that Phoebe Leek has joined the firm as Legal Assistant in charge of managing case files and court dates, correspondence with clients and court personnel, assembly of pleadings and other documents, and creating a smooth orientation for new clients.

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Changes in Child Custody Require Good Reasons and Solid Evidence

Emily agreed during the divorce proceedings to share custody of their two children with her ex-husband Bob, but she began to regret her decision after seeing the state of the kids when they stayed at his house every other weekend per the divorce decree.

When she picked them up on Sunday night, the children generally were tired, cranky, unkempt and behind on their homework. Bob would let them eat junk food, stay up late watching movies or playing video games, and sleep in late the next day. The kids quickly were beginning to label her as the “unfun” parent who was overly strict, made them do chores and pursue good grades in school.

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Five-Year Anniversary Is Also A Time to Look Ahead

As I celebrated my fifth-year anniversary in the practice of law recently, the occasion caused me to reflect on what may be ahead for me as well as what has already transpired. And if the past five years are any measure, then I count myself as one lucky guy when I look to the future.

One accomplishment that I am particularly proud of is that I’m writing this column at all.

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Protecting Children of Blended Families

Because it is commonplace for divorced (or widowed) spouses to remarry, blended families – where one or both spouses have children from prior marriages – are now quite common. I am often asked by clients how they can protect their children from prior marriages in situations that involve guardianship and inheritance.

In my experience, individuals who remarry after divorce often have legitimate concerns about what will happen if they die and their children are caught between and ex-spouse and a stepparent.

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