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Real help for people involved in child custody -- initial determination of custody or change of custody -- or divorce. This listing of individuals, groups, companies, services, organizations and professionals can make a difference today. Just starting or starting over -- this is the place to begin.


How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up     

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is a book for young children about coping with regular visitation to separate parents, especially long-distance visitation. Written in very simple language arising from the point of view of a young boy who had a hard time adjusting to the stress of traveling back and forth to visit his mother. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up offers more than just a mere advisory text - it has point-by-point observations, travel safety tips, and numerous fun activities to pass the travel time. Click here to see the Table of Contents. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is highly recommended reading, and a great resource for any parent having to take a child on a long-distance trip to visit friends and relations.  Available at Amazon.com

State Board of Psychologist Examiners 

    Having problems with a licensed professional psychologist? Find out how to handle it. Ask about: Procedures for Receipt and Handling of Complaints of Unprofessional Conduct, Procedures for Disciplinary Proceedings, Procedures for Summary Suspensions, Procedures for Appeals, Procedures for Reinstatement, Procedural Protections in Disciplinary and Licensing Proceedings, Procedures for License Application Review and Denial.  T (503) 378-4154 F (503) 378-3575


Stephen J. Bedor   (503) 212-4878    (877) 611-6793

5 Centerpointe Drive, Suite 400, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

I initially came to Mr. Bedor with the expectation of finding a competent and qualified person to aggressively pursue my concerns regarding my divorce, including custody of my two children. Like anybody, I had hoped to find that combination of a Perry Mason and a Ben Matlock.

ParentingTime.net is a unique online service that can help you win custody, change custody, or reduce child support. ParentingTime is used every day by thousands of parents and families worldwide. ParentingTime is an online custody calendar that allows you to easily schedule and track parenting time as well as monitor compliance with your custody arrangement. Find out more here, or try the Demo to experience ParentingTime for yourself.

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 
    The State of Oregon is very concerned about the welfare of it's children and provides trained caring professionals to take and respond to reports of abuse and neglect of children.  (503) 378-6704

Win Your Child Custody War  13th Edition Ships April 7, 2011

Over 800 triple-columned pages of vital information about fighting for custody of your children. This book is for parents facing a vicious or dangerous person on the other side. Topics include your child having an attorney of his or her own, who must listen to the child's wishes, admit-deny to pin down the lies once and for all, how to keep your job from losing your child custody case, home study, psychological evaluation, false accusations of child abuse, dealing with real child abuse, Parental Alienation Syndrome, how to turn hearsay into documented evidence, hiring a great attorney and grounds for suing a bad one, the difference between issues and non-issues, how to produce contact logs that will help rather than hurt your case and much more. In most cases the other parent does not win custody you lose custody. This book won't let that happen to you. Information about fathers' rights, mothers' rights, grandparent rights and attorneys. This manual has been on the market longer, and is updated more often, than any other available. Click here to see how parents, grandparents and professionals Praise this manual. For people going through a divorce or the never-married parent. This is not a cheap download. It is an expensive manual. It costs less than 1/2 hour with a good attorney and gives you hundreds and more topics than any other product.  Available at Amazon.com the biggest,  Google the fastest delivery, and PayPal the most popular.  

Stone Wall Forensic Audio & Video Services 
Evans and Kitchens Law Office
    P. O. Box 855, Groveton, Texas 75845   936-642-1818
    Stone Wall offers a state-of-the-art recording studio owned by practicing attorney offers forensic audio and video services including -- transfer of micro-cassette (answering machine) to cassette tape and compact disk format transfer of cassette tape to compact disk format clean up and enhancement of recorded conversation, including removal of tape hiss, hums, background noises and transcription of conversations preparation of cassette tape and/or compact disk trial exhibits indexing relevant passages/portions of the recorded media video editing for mediation purposes video editing for trial purposes preparation of exhibits for mediation and trial.

    Extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience, both alone and as part of legal teams and both as prosecution (plaintiff) and defense, in District Courts in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Houston, Angelina and surrounding counties including cases ranging from capital murder to forcible entry and detainer, family law, collections, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice and deed restrictions.

    Numerous video and audio presentations for mediation and trial. References of judges, clients and other attorneys available upon request.
    Stone Wall's Chief Recording Engineer brings over 16 years of recording studio experience in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas in addition to working with Travis Kitchens in forensic audio the last three years. A detailed resume is available upon request. Reasonable rates and expedited service when necessary. 


Parenting at a Distance
Staying in touch with the children who live in your heart but not in your home.

As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book. Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher

Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do. Ken Richards --Weekend
Fathers Newsletter.

Divorce in Oregon

P: 503.487.1645 - F: 503.953.1026 - E: mi@mckinleyirvin.com

1500 SW First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland Oregon 97201


They offer a large collection of articles and guides on collaborative divorce, child custody, and LGBTQA family law. They also feature a guide to divorce.

My Child
    Mother's Rights - is a page dedicated to you, the Mothers, the Women, who care about the children.
    There are hundreds of sites dedicated to Father's Rights Mother's Rights, Women's Rights.
    All of the women.
    Women living with their children
    Women living apart from their children
    Women struggling to keep their families in tact
    Women fighting for custody of their children
    Grandmothers fighting to protect their grand children
    Second wives helping their husband's

    All the children.
    The children of your womb, the children of your heart.
    The children you planned to have
    The children that surprised you
    The children you care for because they need you
    The children you got when you married again
    Don't be left getting tossed around in world with legal systems too busy and too powerful to care about women and children. They say the best way to judge the level of civilization of a society is to observe how they care for their children and women.
    I don't see any societies I would call too civilized. Click here to go to the Great links I have found to be very helpful for women.

Putting Kids First   
Walking Away From A Marriage Without Walking Over The Kids
    A positive guide for parents to assist in dealing with issues of custody and visitation of children. The Midwest Book Review said: “ At last: a guide which advises parents on how to walk away from a marriage with the least effects on the children. New attitudes about children and divorce's effects are needed: Oddenino provides these insights, juxtaposing case history examples of parent interactions and experiences with the legal system with keys to therapies which help heal the entire family.” The author is an attorney for the Children’s Right’s Council. .

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault

380 Spokane St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97202
Telephone: 503-230-1951           Fax: 503-230-1973

Oregon Board of Investigators 
    445 State Office Bldg., 800 NE Oregon Street #33, Portland, OR 97232
    State Law for Polygraph Examiners and Investigators.  (503) 731-4359

Dear Judge,        Reviews

    This book can reassure parents doing the right things, and has opened the hearts of an angry, self-centered parents, allowing them to put the needs of the children before their own desires. Parents often think they know what is going on in the hearts of their children, and are stunned to discover how much children see, hear and know. Get this book to see how children express their concerns. Give this book to someone who needs to know how the children feel. You will see your children in these letters. The letters are funny, sad, happy, hopeful and amazing. This book is has 190 letters. PayPal   Google


Resources for Stepdads:


Stepfathers on Fatherville.com

Seven Steps to Being a Better Stepdad

Stepfathering on About.com

Stepdad on Fathers.com – National Center on Fathering

TheStepfamilyLife’s Links for Stepdads

Child Custody Witness Guide for Deposition or in Court
    Essential to giving the testimony you need to give. Critical for the witnesses you are counting on. Important for all types of cases and essential for child custody and divorce cases. You only get one chance to protect your fathers rights, mothers rights or grandparent rights in court. Avoid the tricks and traps of questioning. This books fast easy solution will let you watch the effectiveness of your case skyrocket! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" with more than 230 pages. Available at Amazon.com! 

Gregg Zivney Investigations  
Bend,  Oregon  97701
Current State statutes on child abuse and neglect represent a difficult balancing act between the need to protect children from the serious and increasing problems of child abuse and neglect and the need to ensure that parents are not unjustly accused.  (541) 815-4580

Max Wittington Investigations
    P.O. Box 1952, Beverton, OR 97075
    We are located in Portland. 2,000+ cases since 1975 (Criminal: bigamy to capital murder - Civil: locates to wrongful death) Specializing in special investigations, murder, neg-hom (plaintiff), wrongful death, heirs and missing witness locates, personal injury, dram-shop (plaintiff).            (503) 644-6678

Oregon Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
    161 High Street SE Suite 212, Salem, OR 97301-3610
    The NAMI Consumer and Family Guide to Schizophrenia Treatment1 gives patients and families information about treatment that has been shown to work. While other interventions may also be helpful, an extensive body of research, analyzed by leading experts in schizophrenia, shows that the treatments and services. The first step in identifying the best treatment for you or your loved one is getting the right diagnosis. These treatment recommendations presume an accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia.   (800) 343-6264 (503) 370-7774

Child Custody Case Management Forms   
    2010 Edition. Chapters include forms that will help you 'Get a Handle on Your Situation', deal with 'The Professionals', institute and maintain control, 'Case management', and give you 'Examples of Legal Forms'. Fathers Rights and Mothers Rights groups encourage dads and moms to use the 'Incident Report Forms' and an observer to defuse potentially explosive confrontations. The 'Condition of the Child Form' is excellent for creating a paper trail to prove real charges or disprove false abuse charges. Other forms include Contact Problem and Incident List, Evidence to Disprove Statements, Equipment & Service Options, Witness Practice - Review, Evaluating the professionals, Authorization for Child’s Medical Care, Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority, Trip Permission. Essential to the effective management of the most important event in your life. The control you gain and maintain can help with child custody or divorce. This book is 8 1/2" X 11" and contains more than 320 examples and forms. (936) 967-8970 Undated every year

Grandparents for Family Justice & Preservation of Family & Kinship Care
    1616 N. Willis, Portland, OR 97217
    Brown, Eugene 998-6285
    Derr, Estacada 630-4510
    Everett, Portland 289-7554
    Regeth, Eugene 485-2274
    Morganti, Abany 928-6512
    Heinrichs, Salem 585-7653

Oregon Divorce Reform Association
Post Office Box 475, Veneta OR 97487-0475      (503) 935-2161

Killers & Boosters for Child Custody Cases 
(Attitude Adjustment for Child Custody Case Litigants)
    Advice is usually given by people without the real information or life experience, with the right intention at the wrong time. With this book you can take advice when you want it and ready to hear it. You can act on what you have learned, mull it over or discard the advice altogether without interference. This book will not allow you to give the opposition power you might imagine but that they do not really have or let you allow others to diminish the importance you play in your children's lives. Divorce is never easy, this will help. This book has been called 'Chicken Soup' for the Child Custody Case. It will help a lot and it certainly can't hurt.   Available at Amazon.com! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" and has more than 1,700 entries. (936) 967-8970

Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators  
    625 SW 10th Ave. Suite 338-A, Portland, Oregon 97205
    The Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators, Inc. O.A.L.I., is the State of Oregon's premier investigation organization consisting of investigative professionals and associates, whose mandate since 1983 has been to promote a standard of excellence among individual investigators, enhance public confidence in the profession, provide training and represent the industry in political forums. Not only is OALI Oregon's oldest investigation association it is Oregon's LARGEST!               (503) 224-3531  

Marriage Encounter  

Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter
Baptist Marriage Encounter
Episcopal Marriage Encounter
Jewish Marriage Enhancement
International Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Methodist Marriage Encounter
Roman Catholic Marriage Encounter
Seventh-Day Adventist Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter, is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another. It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families. Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

Engaged Encounter, is a weekend experience designed to help couples prepare personally and as a couple for marriage. The focus is on the marriage, not on the wedding. "A wedding is a day ... a marriage is a lifetime." Couples are shown communication and decision-making techniques they can use throughout their lifetime together. Engaged Encounter is specifically designed for quiet reflection and discussion by each couple. It is a positive, simple, common-sense experience between two people who are either seriously considering engagement, engaged or recently married. At no time will the couple be asked to share their private experiences with the group.

Single Momz
    The site for Single Momz by Single Momz. We know what it's like. Whether you came to single Motherhood by choice or not, you're here and we're glad you've joined us. Our goal is to provide an informative and supportive network where we Single Mothers can share our experiences & knowledge, friendship & caring in support of each other and Single Mothers everywhere. You'll find a variety of topics, ranging from potty training to presidential candidates, child support to career strategies, teenagers to time savers. If you don't find what you need, just ask, we're all Single Momz here, and we're here to help!

Stop Child Abuse
Eugene, OR (US)
    "I want to let people who were abused as children know that they have choices other than to continue to be victims or perpetrators." This web site celebrates the triumph of one man over a childhood during which he and his twin sister were tormented and severely abused for eighteen years. As a precious little boy he came close to death twice, but Paul McLaughlin survived, and has been a tireless crusader for the rights of children and against child abuse since 1975.

Child Support Recovery Services Section 
    P.O. Box 14170, Salem, OR 97309
    260 Liberty St., NE, Salem, OR 97310   (503) 373-1698

Washington County Conciliation Services
    222 N First, Hillsboro, OR 97124
    Email: lmunter@teleport.com      (503) 640-3428

Oregon State Bar Association
    P.O. Box 1689, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
    The Oregon State Bar was established in 1935 to license and discipline lawyers. The bar organization is a large public corporation with diverse program responsibilities for the benefit of the public, lawyers, government and the courts. The state bar plays a key role in the admission and discipline of lawyers in Oregon. It also operates a lawyer referral service and Tel-law program, conducts continuing legal education programs and publishes a wide variety of legal and public service material, sponsors a legislative program to improve the laws and judicial system of Oregon, provides malpractice coverage for lawyers in private practice and funds and supports numerous law-related and public service programs through Oregon Law Foundation. The Oregon State Bar is a full-service professional organization having not only regulatory, but significant public service and law improvement responsibilities.    (for referrals) (503) 684-3763 (800) 452-7636

National Organization of Women
    Check out our Action Alerts and please take action NOW. YOU can make a difference. We have listed a number of other links to feminist resources/sites on the Web that we find very useful. Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our actions, events, or meetings.

Grands Place
    GrandsPlace is compiling a data base of support groups in each state. If you live in Arkansas and can contact the Department of Aging or any other resource that could send us information on Support Groups for the state....please take the time to do this. It would mean so much to the grandparents and special others searching for support and friends locally.

National Coalition of Free Men
    The Public Hearing Room includes testimony and speeches before public bodies. This material provides excellent examples of how NCFM is representing you. ...And, it demonstrates how you can get involved in the political process in a meaningful way by joining in with NCFM. Publications listed and summarized here are available through the U.S. mail. Topics include effects of language on male behavior, discrimination against men in criminal court and more.

Parents Without Partners
    The problems are many in bringing up our children alone, contending with the emotional conflicts of divorce, never-married, separation or widowhood. PWP Inc. is the only international organization that provides real help in the way of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families and adults. Through the exchange of ideas and companionship, we hope to further our common welfare and the well-being of our children.

NO BULLY website
    This site is part of the Telecom/Police STOP BULLYING Campaign. Spot and Bo are here to show you around the site. You can hang out with Bo and his friends and play the No Bully game, and he's got lots of other useful stuff for kids. Spot can help you to find out about support services in your community and ways that adults can help kids to deal with bullying.

    This site originates in New Zealand but addresses a world wide problem. Telecom is the major sponsor of Police programs which help young New Zealanders to avoid becoming offenders or victims of crime. The programs encourage children and young people to act safely and confidently to protect themselves and their property, and avoid drug abuse. Telecom supports the Police because we recognize it is the responsibility of all New Zealanders to allow our children and young people to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

IRS Forms & Publications
    The latest IRS publications and forms with instructions for download in the various formats.

American Psychiatric Association
    The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 40,500 U.S. and international physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.

American Psychoanalytic Association
    The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association is comprised of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has about 3,000 individual members. We are a Regional Association of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

American Psychological Association
    New Divorce Laws Focus on Children’s Needs How are Canada and Australia leading the way in changing the direction of divorce laws? This and many other major topics are discussed here.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
    The nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism or other addictions.

Grandparents Winning Custody of Grandchildren: A Grandparent's Story of Success http://grandparentswinning.wordpress.com/

Neil and Gail Gallagher are winners in the fight to gain custody of your grandchildren. They truly are the “voice of the children”. Because of their 4 year quest to protect their grandchildren, they know the legal obstacles and challenges you may encounter along the way. They have been through the process and pain and their story and struggles will inspire you to press ahead and never quit in your quest for answers. In Gail’s new book Grandparents Winning Custody Of Grandchildren, you will find the information you need in your quest to rescue your grandchildren.

Snelling Investigation and Information Services  (503) 646-5101
P.O. Box 25625, Portland, Oregon 97298

Snelling Investigation and Information Services has licensed private investigator experience and references going back three decades and offers asset searches, background checks, hard-to-find information, surveillance and other investigation services for divorce and child custody concerns. Our undercover and pretext investigation abilities greatly enhance an investigation and we have male and female investigators. We will work with your attorney for the most effective results, providing a professional work product for your litigation needs.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
    No matter how many sources of information are out there - and there are many - CH.A.D.D. is the one you can trust. Through its professional advisory board, and other leaders in the field of ADHD, CH.A.D.D. brings you accurate, current information on medical, scientific, educational and advocacy issues.

Children Now
    Children Now uses research and mass communications to make the well being of children a top priority across the nation. Programs overview, Board of Directors, Offices in Washington, DC and California. Get the Children Now Internet Update delivered to you monthly via Email. 293 links as of 10/8. Your contributions help us do our work. Reports and Action Guides Complete documents on-line

Court Appointed Special Advocates
    A safe, permanent home isn't something a child should only dream about. Almost half a million children in the United States live in foster care, meant to be a temporary haven. They have been removed from their homes, not because they did anything wrong, but because they've been abused or neglected. It's frightening and confusing for these children to suddenly find themselves in the complex world of social workers, attorneys and judges, people who have the power to decide where they will live and whether they will go home or be freed for adoption. Sometimes, these children can spend years in foster care, waiting for those decisions to be made. With overburdened caseloads, a social worker may not have the time to give the thorough attention these children deserve. They may simply not have the time to listen.

    One judge had an idea to help these children find a way into safe, permanent homes more quickly. His idea was CASA -- Court Appointed Special Advocates -- trained volunteers who would be appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of a child. Now, there are approximately 42,400 CASA volunteers helping abused and neglected children all across the country. But 3/4 of the children who need a CASA don't have one. You can help those girls and boys have a voice in court, and a chance at a future.

Internet Mental Health
    Knowledge must be shared. Our goal is to improve understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness throughout the world.

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression  
    Bringing hope through research. NARSAD raises and distributes funds for scientific research into the causes, cures and treatments, and prevention of severe mental illness, primarily schizophrenia and depression. We have awarded $68 million to fund 1,758 grants to 913 scientists in 131 universities and medical research institutions. Our Scientific Council, made up of 57 leading research scientists, identifies the most promising research and quickly awards funding to investigators. The Young Investigator Program helps fund highly promising projects of young scientists, and an Established Investigator Program encourages experienced scientists to pursue urgent and innovative projects. We raise funds through contributions from families, organizations, foundations and corporations. To provide the most effective use of every dollar, we have obtained separate funding for all administrative and operating expenses from three family foundations. Thus, 100 percent of every dollar contributed to our research programs goes to research grants. For inquiries regarding how to submit a grant application, please contact Brenda Berman at (312) 641-1666 or write the NARSAD Grants Office, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1431, Chicago IL 60604.  (516) 829-0091

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
    Areas include: What's New Resources & Referrals, Research & Statistics, Databases, Campaigns Alcohol & Drug Facts, NCADI Services Search, PREVLINE & other web sites, Publications/Catalog Online Forums, Conference Calendar, Related Links and Workplace Issues.

National Depressive and Mani-Depressive Association
    The mission of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association is to educate patients, families, professionals, and the public concerning the nature of depressive and manic-depressive illness as treatable medical diseases; to foster self-help for patients and families; to eliminate discrimination and stigma; to improve access to care; and to advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses.

Stand For Children
    Stand For Children is a national organization that encourages individuals to improve children's lives. Our mission is to identify, train, and connect local children's activists engaging in advocacy, awareness-raising, and service initiatives on an ongoing basis as part of Stand For Children Chapters.

    A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in its structure, Stand For Children is a movement in its mission -- a movement to Leave No Child Behind and to give every child a Healthy Start, Head Start, Safe Start, Fair Start, and Moral Start in life.

Social Security Administration

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    1030 G Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477

    The agency’s focus is on children. The residential program, Jasper Mountain Center, began accepting abused children in 1982. SCAR, with the specific focus of preventing abuse through community education and training, began in 1983. In response to community needs, an outpatient mental health program began serving children and their families in 1984. Jasper Mountain Schools has provided on-site schooling for children in residence since 1989 and has become a valuable community resource as well. Each of these expansions has extended the continuum of services offered by the agency.  (541) 746-3376

Legal Aid Attorneys:

Oregon Lawyers for Children (503) 255-9727

    In Portland and serve indigent children in Oregon.

Oregon Legal Services Private Bar Involvement Program 
    In Portland and serve all of Oregon except Multnomah, Marion, Polk, and Lane counties.  (503) 234-1534

Volunteer Lawyers Project (503) 655-2518

National Association of Social Workers Oregon Chapter

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR 97219-2457

503-452-8420   Fax: 503-4528506

Social workers help others embrace change. The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers welcomes you to share in our common purpose: To promote human well-being, to promote development of social work practice to meet human needs, and to unify and strengthen the social work profession.

National Association of Social Workers

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Gresham Child Custody and Parenting Time Lawyer

Child custody and parenting time decisions made by the court must be based on the best interests of the child.
Most Oregon counties (including Multnomah and Clackamas) require the parents to participate in mediation before a court will make a final decision
Oregon requires the parents to complete a parenting class that is offered in the county where the case has been filed.
Oregon courts will encourage each parent to have as much parenting time as possible. Exceptions can be when extraordinary circumstances affect parenting skills.
Oregon courts will generally approve custody and parenting time agreements made by a family. The goal is to develop a parenting plan that accounts for both parent's work schedules, children's activities, and other critical factors.

It is policy in Oregon to encourage parents to share the rights as well as the responsibilities of rearing joint children after the family has been divided.  As a mother herself, Stephanie understands and empathizes with the flood of emotions regarding what you believe is in the best interest of your child and will help you balance your child’s needs with the court expectations and decisions.


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