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Professional Review & Rating: Best Lawyers in America recognizes David C. Sarnacki for peer-reviewed excellence

Best Lawyers in America recognized David C. Sarnacki–after peer reviews by attorneys and judges–for continued inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for: Collaborative Law: Family Law, Family Law, and Family Law Mediation. The Best Lawyers in America is one of…

Bringing up bothers: 7 tips for having arguments without yelling, blaming, insulting, hurting

CNN Health reminds couples of better argument strategies with an interview of couples therapist Saul Stern, who highlights the relationship research of the Gottman Institute. Amy Chillag organizes her article around these seven tips (excerpt): Don’t avoid tough conversations Step…

Alternatives to traditional divorce litigation

Peggy Drexler writes about the amicable Amazon divorce for Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos: “A Google search for ‘amicable divorce’ returns more than 6 million results, with everyone from the American Psychological Association to divorce attorneys weighing in.” Unlike other articles,…

2019 Best Law Firms – Professional Review and Rating of The Sarnacki Law Firm

Best Lawyers in America selected The Sarnacki Law Firm for its 2019 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The Best Lawyers in America is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal…

Disappointment’s greatest gift: treating yourself with compassion

Psychology Today gives us Do’s and Don’ts for “What to Do When You Feel Let Down by Someone.” Toni Bernhard’s list of Helpful Responses includes (excerpt): 1. Recognizing that all relationships change 2. Feeling happy for others 3. Questioning the…

Professional Review and Rating: David C. Sarnacki, Super Lawyers 2018

Super Lawyers selected David C. Sarnacki to its 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, uses “a patented, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations and independent research” to select the top 5% of attorneys in…

Best Lawyers in America recognizes David C. Sarnacki as 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers in America recognized David C. Sarnacki as one of the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” award recipients for his work in Collaborative Law: Family Law in Grand Rapids. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community…

Intelligence, energy, integrity?: The one trait that matters

Inc quotes Warren Buffett on another secret to his success–find people with integrity to work with. Buffet said: “You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t…

Professional Review and Rating: David C. Sarnacki, Super Lawyers 2017

Super Lawyers selected David C. Sarnacki to its 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, uses “a patented, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations and independent research” to select the top 5% of attorneys in…

How to handle difficult people? Simple strategies starting with listening and understanding

The ABA’s Law Practice Today offers advice on dealing with difficult people. Matt Potempa explains his top six tips (excerpt): 1. Listen. . . . Try to understand the source of their frustration while avoiding the temptation to interrupt and…

Counseling for serious relationship issues: communication and commitment

Dear Abby responds to a reader’s letter inquiring about the marriage counseling (excerpt): With a troubled marriage, a counselor can often facilitate broader communication than couples can achieve on their own. However, like most relationships, marriages can be “saved” only…

The inner life of teen boys: loyalty, friendship, protecting those they love

The Washington Post offers us ways to stay connected with teenage sons. The ideas flow from Kenneth Ginsburg, author of “Raising Kids to Thrive.” Phyllis Fagell explores these six ideas (excerpt): Focus on loving, high-yield interactions Tackle stereotypes about masculinity…

Staying happy: 5 tips for no matter what happens

CNN’s Health section highlights five coping strategies from the Dalai Lama, including being gentle with yourself, making time to reflect, keeping compassion at hand, helping, and being playful. Jen Christensen writes (excerpt): First step, work on compassion and start by…

If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter? The way to improving your life and your relationships

Psychology Today shows a method for improving relationships and marriages with its “The Tao of Improv: 5 Rules for Improvising Your Life.” Giving up control in favor of adopting with a more generous, supportive and organic mindset leads to a…

Who will take care of you and your kids?: Helping young children through divorce

Mister Rogers lives on through his words of wisdom. His advice for parents, “The Mister Rogers Parenting Book,” addresses divorce and separation, and includes (excerpt): [Y]oung children . . . want to know, “Who will take care of me?” .…