Author: Brette Sember


Brette Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 40 books, including The Divorce Organizer & Planner, The Complete Divorce, How to Parent with Your Ex, The Essential Supervisor’s Handbook, The Complete Credit Repair Kit, The Original Muffin Tin Cookbook, and The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel. She writes often about law, parenting, food, travel, health, and more. She blogs at

Is your kid’s lemonade stand legal?

Applying for a business or peddler’s permit seems like overkill for your kid to sell $5 worth of lemonade, but it is not unheard of for unfriendly neighbors or area businesses to report an “illegal business” and enforcement officers to respond.

How to rent out your car, Airbnb-style

Renters who find the rate and dates acceptable can rent your car directly through the service’s website. You and the renter will review and rate each other on the website after the rental period ends.

How to legally rent to tenants with disabilities

The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to make certain adjustments—legally described as “accommodations”—at their own expense, for the needs of tenants with disabilities. Yes, that sounds pricey, but note that the law says the accommodations must be “reasonable.”

Why can’t we afford mandatory kindergarten?

Substantial research shows that early childhood education improves brain development, increases the chances of succeeding in school, and improves a child’s economic future. So it seems odd that kindergarten is not required throughout the United States

How to speed up your divorce

If you can’t reach a settlement immediately, look at what’s worth fighting for. Depending on the circumstances, you might be tempted to contest everything out of spite. Don’t waste time and effort haggling over things you don’t truly need.