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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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  • When Does Alcohol or Recreational Drug Use Cross the Line into Substance Abuse?

    By:  Kristen Carothers, MSW, LCSW   When has recreational use crossed the invisible line into substance abuse?  Do any of these professions sound familiar, either as something you say or hear from a friend, colleague or family member?  Pot is not addictive.  I only have 2 glasses of wine in the evening – how can […]

    Before, During and After: Therapy and Divorce

    The Importance of Professional Counseling Both Before and After the Divorce Jennifer Van Luven, MSW, LCSW, CDM Just like marriage, divorce is one of life’s toughest transitions. Even though divorce is all too common, it is often extremely painful for all of the members of the family of the divorcing parties and even members of […]

    Worried About Having Your Child Evaluated For a Specific Issue? Here are 10 things to consider

      10 Reasons Stop Avoiding Assessment of Your Child’s Academic, Behavioral or Emotional Difficulty Amy V. Maus, MSW, LCSW   Rarely do parents anticipate that their child may one day experience significant issues with their behavior (in school or otherwise) or mental health.  When these challenges arise, it can seem easier to delay or avoid […]

    Courtroom Dog Now Available in the St. Louis County Family Court

    Judge Douglas R. Beach and Leigh Joy Carson are pleased to announce the CHAMPions for Kids program through which a courtroom dog (currently Magnum) will be available to accompany a child who will be testifying or being interviewed in court in a court in a case pending in the St. Louis County Family Court. The […]

    Before the pre-nup, here are some talking points for people getting remarried should consider discussing

    When people marry and one or both of them have been married before, there are some important issues to discuss even before negotiating the pre nup. Read more … http://bit.ly/24xXO6J

    How to know if you should seek therapy before filing for divorce

    This is one of those situations where each person in the couple may have a different idea about what is supposed to happen. If one spouse doesn’t want the divorce, the reason for going to therapy may be to get the other spouse to reconsider. For the spouse who wants the divorce, going to therapy […]

    Therapy and divorce

    Thoughts from a therapist on how and when to decide what you need from a therapist when you are going through a divorce and does it matter if you are the one who decided that it was time for divorce? Hopefully, if you go to a therapist before, during, or after a divorce, you will […]

    How to increase the chances that your family law attorney will return your calls and respond to your e-mails promptly

    1. Pay your bills by return mail or e-mail. If you question a charge, pay the part of the bill with which you have no issue and write a note or an e-mail explaining your issue and proposing a resolution (the questioned item is credited wholly or in part) and the reasoning behind your request. […]

    How to know if you should seek therapy before filing for divorce

    Often, each spouse has a different idea about what he or she wants when deciding to divorce. If one spouse doesn’t want the divorce, the reason for going to therapy may be to get the other spouse to reconsider. For the spouse who wants the divorce, going to therapy may be a way to help […]

    How to know if you should talk to a therapist before telling your children about the divorce

    It’s difficult to know how children will respond to the news that their parents are divorcing. And, depending on the age of a child, he or she may not know what divorce means. Children often know their parents are going to part before parents actually tell them, because children make it their business to know […]