September 2019 480.632.7373 jensenlawaz.com
Europe in 14 Days Kevin Jensen Returns From a Quick European Tour
I feel like I’ve just caught my breath from a whirlwind tour of Eastern Europe this June. My father-in-law and mother-in- law are just wrapping up their two-year mission trip in Germany, and since our sons had never been to Europe, my wife and I knew now would be as good of a time as any to visit. So, we boarded a plane and headed to Europe for two weeks in early June to visit my in-laws and take in the extensive history of seven different countries, including Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Our first stop was Germany, where we met with my in-laws. From there, they took us on a short tour of Germany and Switzerland, and while every country we visited was steeped in history and gorgeous views, I can honestly say there is no country as beautiful as Switzerland. Every corner revealed another postcard-worthy snapshot. For a family that lives in the middle of the Arizona desert, it was surreal to be surrounded by so much greenery. Following our initial introduction to Europe, we headed over to Rome, Italy, where we met with the family of my former law partner. We remain close with his family today, and of all places to enjoy a little reunion, you can’t ask for a better location than Rome. Plus, I still can’t get over the food we ate! The pasta was so fresh, and nothing compares to authentic pizza. But the best food I had by far on this trip was
the dessert. Europe is doing everything right when it comes to desserts; it really doesn’t get better than German pastries and Italian gelato. We met my in-laws in the Czech Republic for the next leg of our trip. Ten years ago, my in-laws were serving on another mission in this country, and my wife and I had the opportunity to visit while they were there. To see the country again was really special, and to have my in-laws show us around again was tremendously helpful. The fact that my father- in-law speaks German and my mother-in-law speaks Czech was a bonus, too. (Although, many stops during our trip were friendly to English speakers.) I still believe Prague is a must-see for any tourist in Europe. It’s a quintessential European city that is full of history and features cobblestone streets, massive churches, and terrific food. I really enjoyed visiting Prague once again on this trip. As a big history buff, our jaunts around Europe in general were amazing for me. I tried to paint a picture for my sons of what to expect, because they’ve really only grown up around history that’s a few centuries old. After several tours of castles, we could tell they were a little less enthused with each stop, but in their defense, we did travel hard during this go-around in Europe. Traveling from one
country to the next within a matter of days and traversing all over tourist hot spots can be exhausting. In fact, if we were to head to Europe on vacation again, I’d like to spend two weeks exploring just one country. I want to spend more time in Italy and visit regions of Europe we haven’t been to yet. Although, regardless of where you go, a trip to Europe is worth every penny.
Plus, I just can’t get enough of those desserts.
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How to Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World
REMEMBER YOUR RITUALS Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half- hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy — from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after- school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity. Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. There are many emotional sides to divorce, and one of the biggest hurdles couples face is seeking a solution to child custody. Finding a way to do this amicably can be the difference between having a thriving co-parenting relationship and a toxic, tenuous one. At the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen, our attorneys always encourage parents to keep their child’s best interests in mind when deciding on a schedule. We can work with both parties to come to an agreement that will be fair to both parents and their child. Always keep a child’s schooling, fears, emotions, and the relationships they have built with the neighborhood they grew up in at the forefront of these discussions. Keeping these interests in mind will not only create a healthy environment for your child during the split, but they’re also the only concerns the court has when ruling on custody and visitation.
romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship. HUG IT OUT Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!
Fighting for Families
Navigating Child Custody and Visitation Rights
allows a healthy relationship between the child and their parent to grow. Similarly, grandparents and stepparents can apply for visitation rights with children, but these cases are often difficult, as the laws aren’t always so clear-cut. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen have experience fighting for and against custodial decisions. We have represented parents who are seeking sole guardianship, parents who request visitation, and those who are fighting unfair requests by their child’s other parent. We understand that your right to build a relationship with and parent your child deserves to be protected, and every day, we fight for solutions that will best serve the families we represent. Don’t fight for your family alone. Call 408.632.7373 for a free consultation with the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen or visit JensenLawAZ.com.
Courts must make a decision regarding custody that would be “in the best interests of the child.”
Joint custody allows a child to flourish in both environments and maintain a stable lifestyle, but some situations require the court to make a decision that grants one parent as the custodial parent over another. That being said, the other parent has a right to request visitation of the child. This includes spending time with the child during a set period of time each month. This
3 Apps to Make Your Split Easier Smart Divorce
T echnology has made nearly every situation infinitely easier. Paying your bills, securing your home’s alarm system, and communicating with long-lost friends can all be done from your cellphone. Now you can add divorce to the list of things technology has improved. Granted, there are plenty of ways social media and your devices can make this process more complicated, but relying on these helpful apps can shift the role technology plays in your divorce process. OurFamilyWizard Created by a set of divorced parents for divorced parents, OurFamilyWizard aims to solve all your joint-custody mishaps and misunderstandings in one spot. The app features a shared calendar and a log of co-parenting expenses and vital details. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the “Today” show, OurFamilyWizard also offers alternative wording for your messages so you can be sure your communication won’t spur a fight or negative reaction. Establish some peace during joint parenthood and download OurFamilyWizard.
2Houses If organization is the largest struggle in your divorce, 2Houses can be a one-stop solution. The app’s dashboard includes options for financial tracking, linked calendars, and logs to track information,
events, and updates as children stay with each parent. Users can also import data from other apps and programs, so everything is in one helpful location. In
addition, users can download photos. When the kiddos are with one parent, the other won’t have to worry about their well-being and can see their happy faces in real time.
Divorce Log Throughout the process of getting a divorce, there are many meetings, legal appearances, and papers each spouse has to sort through. Divorce Log is striving to make this process smoother for both parties by offering a streamlined database where soon-to-be ex-couples can store and share files and coordinate their schedules. Rather than risk having a heated conversation or barely communicating, Divorce Log encourages mediated discussion through its platform. At the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen, we don’t just serve our clients during their divorce proceedings. We offer real support that will set them and their families up for success after a marriage has been terminated.
Learn more about our supportive services or inquire about your case by calling 408.632.7373 or visiting JensenLawAZ.com.
Inspired by Bon Appétit
Cacio e Pepe
Italian for “cheese and pepper,” cacio e pepe is like a refined version of mac and cheese. It’s crowd-pleasing enough to satisfy the pickiest eaters and refined enough to sate the foodies.
• 6 oz pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano • 1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese • Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste
directions 1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan cheese and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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The Jensen Family Takes Europe
How to Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World
Understanding Custody and Visitation
Stay Organized With These Divorce Apps
The Best National Parks to Visit This Fall Have you ever wanted to experience the colors of a Boston fall while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors? Autumn leaves are a universally appreciated sign of the changing seasons, and there’s no better place to see those vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds on display than in one of America’s national parks. So, if you’ve got some free time this autumn, here are some parks worth seeing. lookout points accessible by car, so don’t worry about hoofing it into the forest if that’s not your thing. Park wherever you like and watch the warm colors of ancient maples, oaks, and cedars change before your eyes.
Acadia National Park, Maine While the maple, birch, and poplar trees of Acadia begin to change color in September, mid-October is the best time to witness autumn in full swing. The park is crisscrossed with unpaved trails that date back to a time of horse-drawn carriages, preserving an idyllic setting. If you want to see the colors in full effect, take a drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and watch the sun crest over the vibrant leaves. To fully experience fall in the Northeastern U.S., Acadia National Park is a must-see. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina Further south, the autumn colors of the Smoky Mountains are no less breathtaking than those in the Northeast. This park offers many scenic
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
While the West might typically be associated with evergreen pines, the deciduous trees of the relatively small Grand Teton
National Park pack a colorful punch starting around the third week of September. It’s also breeding season for elk in the area, and their high, eerie whistles can be heard in the evenings. Popular destinations in the park include the Christian Pond Loop and String Lake. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite national parks until next summer. The natural beauty of America can be experienced at any time of the year, so start planning your next autumn outdoor excursion!
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