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imagesThe Virtual Coffee Break is your place on the web to read and learn more about a variety of legal topics from the comfort of your own office chair. And we've kept each topic concise enough that it can be covered in the time it takes to break for coffee!

Pour yourself a cup and browse the library of short writings from us and our colleagues on a wide variety of legal topics, as well as non-legal articles of interest. While the Carson Law Firm practices family law, we have contacts in virtually every area of law imaginable. The Virtual Coffee Break is a place where we invite these attorneys to share information with you, the reader, on an interesting legal topic related to their professional focus. Not in the mood for legal talk? Don't worry, we have other articles, too!

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  • Summer Break Co-Parenting

    Jennifer Van Luven, MSW, LCSW, CDM   Summer.  One of the most dreaded times for divorced parents as it is challenging to manage child custody arrangements.  The school year is a set parenting schedule, with designated days, times and transitions.  In the summer months, however, that set schedule is not as necessary and does not […]

    Stressed out because your ex is not paying for her half of college and now your freshman wants to drop out? These thoughts by a therapist and mother of a college freshman might help

    So, you just finished paying for your part of college and paying your lawyer for filing a contempt against your ex for not paying her half and your son,  a freshman in college three states away, calls and tells you that he wants to drop out.  Welcome to stress city! The following thoughts from a therapist with […]

    Ready to drop off your child at college? Are you sure?

    The clothes and toiletries and room decorations are packed, but does that mean you are ready to send your child to college?  Maybe not.  a  little bit of planning now can save a lot of heartache later.  Due to the current privacy rules, unless your child has signed a HIPPA-compliant release, you will not be […]

    Thought provoking parenting advice from some big-time college coaches

    The New York Times has interviewed a number of respected athletic coaches about what they think makes a child grow up to be successful:  they all agree that the drive for success must  come from the child, not the parent(s).  Read more http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/what-college-sports-recruiters-can-teach-your-child/?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

    Some tough love from a college coach to kids seeking scholarships (and their parents)

    A college coach reminds us that getting an athletic scholarship is not just about going to college for free and playing a sport you love.  read more … http://bit.ly/1TJ1E1E    

    How and when to tell the school that legal proceedings are going on involving the family?

    First and foremost, consult with your attorney about legal documents and information the school may need or require in your legal situation, if any. Your attorney is your first and best resource to discuss your responsibilities regarding your child and school during legal proceedings. Supporting your child’s educational needs and how that will best be […]

    Five Gifts For A College Freshman That Won’t Break The Bank

    Struggling with a holiday gift for a college freshman with tuition and fees for the second semester looming?  Here are five ideas for gifts that aren’t expensive and are sure to please. 1. Cash 2. A care package loaded with treats, with a promise of more to come 3. A gift card to the closest […]

    Corporal Punishment in Schools

      It may surprise some to realize that corporal punishment is legal in Missouri schools. Missouri state law allows corporal punishment, such as spanking, but it also requires that all public school boards produce a written statement on the adopted policy for discipline. So, while corporal punishment is an option, local school boards ultimately have […]

    A Tutor Tutorial: 3 Tips For Finding The Right Fit

    The decision to hire a tutor for your child can be a tough one. Budget and time considerations aside, you’ve got to find someone who will make it all worthwhile for your kid. If you’ve committed your family to the expense and time a tutor arrangement requires, you’re probably wondering how to find the right […]

    Some Thoughts From An Elementary School Counselor As The New School Year Begins

    All children have the ability to change, adapt, and grow in their environment when given the opportunity.   Parents are their child’s first role model.   Strength and courage aren’t always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles that each child overcomes. The strongest children aren’t always the children who win; […]