The Latest News 2019

Michigan Adoption Agencies Can Turn Away LGBTQ Couples, Judge Rules

Posted On: December 02, 2019

I've been meaning to post this important ruling...

Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBTQ homes under a preliminary injunction.

"Today's ruling requires the state to put the individual religious beliefs of foster care agencies ahead of the welfare of children," said Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. "This will not facilitate foster and adoptive placements for children in need. Instead, it will allow agencies to turn away same-sex foster parents who are able to provide supportive and loving homes for these children."

Selected excerpt(s) courtesy of The Associated Press.  Selected photo courtesy of Rebecca Cook / Reuters file

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“I Yelled Too Much”: 16 Dads on Their Biggest Parenting Regrets

Posted On: November 24, 2019

Parenting is very difficult and doesn’t come with a manual for how to go about it.  Everyone is human and in many cases we learn from our mistakes.  Some mistakes and regrets in parenting come with the territory, although dwelling on regrets is not a healthy way of going about life.  Learning from mistakes and extracting lessons from them is how we grow and move forward in life.  This article gives a father’s perspective on how to use regrets in parenting, towards better parenting by being more constructive with your children, being more consistent, and dealing with issues that will help them in the future, such as money matters and relationships, and by taking an interest in what they care about and what they love doing.

This is a good read and I suggest it for any parent looking to gather insights about parenting.

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Fatherly.

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Things to Talk About: 13 Topics Children Wish Their Fathers Brought Up

Posted On: November 18, 2019

We all know that our children do not tell us everything.  This article focuses on what adult children wish their fathers would have brought up before it was too late.  Fathers, for reasons of doubt, awkwardness or simply lack of words don’t broach certain subjects. 

Many times things left unsaid can create voids later in life.  Some topics may seem more important than others.  Political affiliations and positions for one, but issues regarding divorce become interesting.  Since so many marriages, more than 50%, end up in divorce, it is quite often the case that one’s child at some time may be facing a divorce.  Although uncomfortable to talk about, sometimes parents can be of aid and support to their children going through their own divorce by sharing their experiences.

Sharing history of family, good or bad, is important, because once we are gone, our children may have no way of retrieving that knowledge other than what we share with them.  Discussing our personal health issues, experience and family medical health history is important as well.  These are just some of the items touched upon by this article that are not only of interest but important.

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Matt Christensen, Fatherly

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Nearly Half of LGBTQ Americans Haven't Come Out at Work

Posted On: November 11, 2019

Most people are unaware that discrimination in employment is not protected unless it comes under a clearly defined class protected by law.  Employment in New York as in most states, is “at will”.  Therefore you can be fired at any time for any reason.  Although these issues have recently been argued before the Supreme Court, no decision has been made as to whether the LGBTQ community will be protected.  As this article demonstrates, many people, more than 50%, are not out in their workplace for fear that they may lose their job. Many people also experience discrimination and intolerable treatment from co-workers.

Selected excerpt(s), linked article and/or photo courtesy by Julia Carpenter, CNN Business

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Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation Conforming Law to Marriage Equality Act

Posted On: November 04, 2019

The Marriage Equality Act was signed into Law in New York which has now given the LGBTQ Community the Marriage Equality and Dignity and Respect it deserves by recognizing same sex couples in all areas of Law in the State of New York.  The Estates, Powers and Trust Laws and the Surrogate Court Procedure now must comply and recognize same sex couples.  This is wonderful news for our community!

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Olivia Jaquith WENY News.

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Where to See Western New York's Most Vibrant Fall Colors

Posted On: October 29, 2019

It’s not too late to catch the best of the fall foliage. If you're looking to fill your weekend with autumn's vibrant colors, here are a few places to try.

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31 Photos of Vintage Celebrities on Their Wedding Day

Posted On: October 23, 2019

Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and other stars say "I do."

The public is very interested in the lives of celebrities. Here are some vintage photos of marriages. Just like main stream America, divorce is also a high reality. Is it higher for celebs? Are people more interested in the marriage or their highly publicized break ups? One thing for sure is that celebs have smartened up, and to help keep their break ups private, they are using alternative methods like collaborative divorce and “uncoupling” to resolve their divorce issues.

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Alex Aronson, Redbook.  Selected photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Victim Advocacy 101: Domestic Violence Training for Professionals

Posted On: October 22, 2019

Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professions & Long Island Against Domestic Violence Present:

Victim Advocacy 101: Domestic Violence Training for Professionals

A FREE training designed to explore the nuances of intimate partner violence, recognizing potential victims, and providing community resources.

Friday, November 1, 2019
12:30pm - 2pm
Butterfield's Restaurant @ 661 Old Willits Path, Hauppauge

Please RSVP to e.vaz@vazlaw.com

Lunch will be available for purchase

Concetta Spirio.  A Compassionate Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Mediator & Peacemaker Providing The Highest Level of Legal Representation For Over 32 Years.

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