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Be Realistic (and Reasonable), But Don’t Cross Your Line In the Sand

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. The best advice I can give anyone approaching mediation is to be realistic, which includes being reasonable, but not give just for the sake of settling.   I recently completed a case that spanned close to seven months, and ended in a lengthy and expensive trial.  …

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New Beginnings…

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. As 2017 comes to a close, and 2018 is just around the corner, it is a time for new beginnings.   With the right perspective, a divorce can be seen like a new year.  It is a chance to look back at what has been accomplished,…

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Divorced During Christmas

By: Hanna Storey To an outsider, divorced children simply get to celebrate Christmas multiple times, enjoy multiple dinners, and get double the presents. But, as a child of divorce, this is not the case. Christmas traditions when my parents were married included celebrating with my Mom’s side of the family…

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Five Quick Tips for Surviving the Holidays

By Natalie Gentry The holiday season can be a challenging time of year. With so much work on our plates, parties to attend, gifts to buy, travel plans to make, guests to prepare for, and our own emotional needs to tend to it’s no wonder many of us feel stressed…

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Thankful

By: Brenda L. Storey, Esq. With the holidays square upon us, it is a time of reflection for me.   I take inventory.   I assess.   And I routinely find myself so thankful.    As part of that, I am thankful for the clients who I have had the honor to represent.   Clients…

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It is Not Who Brags the Most About Being a Good Parent

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. Too many times in post-decree cases, we see parents fixating on all they pay for their children or do for their children.   The focus is, “See what a great parent I am, see what I do!”    The majority of those parents, though, are lacking in…

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Emotional Manipulators ARE Abusers

By: Brenda L. Storey, Esq. Abuse takes many forms– physical, verbal, financial, intimidation, manipulation.    There is no justification for any form of it, and I carefully make this next statement:   It takes two, so remove yourself.    It is easier said than done, but it must be said and it must…

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An Order is Just a Piece of Paper

By: Brenda L. Storey, Esq. It can be so frustrating to get through an entire legal proceeding, finally have orders in place, and then the other side does not comply.    Clients, like the court and the lawyers, expect there to be full compliance.   Yet, such is not always the case.  …

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Dating Advice from a Divorce Lawyer?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. I have often thought that I could be a good matchmaker for my clients post-divorce.   I have seen them at their lowest, and know their personalities, interests, strengths, and dislikes.      It would, however, put me in an awkward position, to say the least.  So, instead,…

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How to Best Work with a Paralegal

By Emily Ploch Throughout your case, you will be working with your attorney’s paralegal. Paralegals bill at a lower hourly rate than attorneys and assist with the “legwork,” but that shouldn’t deter you from using a paralegal efficiently. Here are some tips on how to best work with a paralegal:…

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