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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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Expectation vs. Reality

by Pamela Osse As we grow and mature, our expectations of what our life is, solidify. We have expectations of our life, our career and what our marriage will be. The expectation of maybe a perfectly clean house all the time, the expectation that our significant other will help with…

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Slow and Steady

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. I just co-presented at the Family Law Institute regarding Shared Parenting Time and Very Young Children.   Child psychology and human development research establish that children through the age of three are at a crucial developmental stage, and the wrong parenting plan can have lifelong negative…

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But My Kid Says…

By Jamie Leaver Sawyer, Esq. It is not uncommon for children whose parents are in the middle of a custody dispute to make comments about their fears or wishes. It is also not uncommon for parents of those children to ask that we relay those comments to the court, or…

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Why Our Firm?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. An excellent question by a potential new client is “Why should I hire your firm?”   In response, we can talk about the diligence of our firm, our philosophies, experience, how we prepare clients each step of the way, keeping our client updated, et cetera.  Famed…

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Are Assets and Debts Acquired During the Divorce Case Marital?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. A common question of parties going through a divorce is whether an asset they buy, or a debt the other party incurs, after the divorce case is filed, is marital.  The simple answer is yes.  Our statute defines the marital estate as being through entry…

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