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litigation, " said Doug. " Going without an attorney is a mess
because, with their children being involved, emotions are too raw. "
Doug draws upon his own personal experience, being very
young when his parents divorced, as well as with his own first
marriage ending in divorce after he and his wife had three
children. " I find having attorneys involved means it is not as ugly
and is easier for the children, the court and the parties, " Doug said.
" I learned from my own life experience that it is best to accept the
change, focus on the best interest of the children and move on.
My role as an attorney is to help the parents achieve that stage in
life as well. "
Law was not Doug's first career or second or third. After
graduating from high school, Doug moved to Colorado where he
worked several years as a ski instructor in the winter and then as a
bartender during the summer months.
Thereafter, returning to Mansfield, he resumed bartending,
until one day, his stepfather, a Command Sergeant-Major serving
in the Army at the time, ordered him into his car, whereupon he
drove Doug to the military recruiting office. He joined the Air
Force on the spot. " It was the best thing that ever happened to
me. "
Doug scored one of the highest scores ever on the entrance
exam, allowing him to pick any field within which to serve. The
new recruit chose to be a Soviet analyst in military intelligence. " It
sounded both interesting and challenging and meant working with
the Special Forces. "

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He served for five years in active duty and attended night
school at Christopher Newport College in Virginia during that
time. After his discharge and while serving in the USAF Reserve,
Doug attended Kutztown University, majoring in Russian and
Slavic Studies. The plan was to build upon what he learned in
the Air Force and then work for the Central Intelligence Agency
following graduation. An offer was extended by the Agency but
was then rescinded following the breakup of the Soviet Union. At
that point, the CIA's attention had turned to the Middle East, and
its need to hire those fluent in Arabic, not Russian.
Shifting goals, Doug entered graduate school at East
Stroudsburg University where he earned a master's degree in
history, hoping to become a college professor. However, he
quickly learned that a MA did not constitute a terminal degree,
and he could not find employment at any public or private non-


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