The Details

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. As parties settle their action, or the court issues its ruling, “little” details should not be ignored.   This is, in my opinion, the greatest weakness in using state forms to capture the terms of resolution.   General terms are good, but the specifics to address enforcement…

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The Court is Not Big Brother

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. To finish out our series of what the court does not or cannot do, I address herein the fact that the court does not track compliance. When a court issues an order, it assumes compliance and is done with the underlying issue. The Court has…

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Can’t Touch This!

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. In addition to it being a catchy line from a 90’s song, which I now cannot get out of my head, when looking at certain future financial circumstances of the parties, the divorce court “can’t touch this.”    Specifically, if a spouse is expecting a future…

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No Separate Property

By Jamie Leaver Sawyer, Esq. While Ms. Storey vacations with her family, I have been relegated to blog substitute.  Continuing with the series of what the court cannot do, this week the focus is on the fact that the court cannot divide between the couple the separate property of a…

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No Magic Wand…

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. I am excited to introduce our new blog series about what divorce does not cover, or address, or fix, or do.   For the first installment, I am focusing on what the court cannot do.   So many times, potential new clients meet with me with great…

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There Is No Place For Children At the Adult Issue Table

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. Children whose parents are going through a divorce already have a lot with which they must deal.   They are facing the loss of their family as they know it.  Fear of the unknown is overwhelming.  Change is guaranteed; the only question is how much will…

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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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