Tis the Season

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. A huge part of a parenting plan is division of the holidays.  In addition to their general significance, certain holidays can have a very personal, sentimental importance to a parent.   As such, much thought should be given to how the holidays are addressed at the…

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Cherish the Memories

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. As I bring to a close the latest blog series that has focused on parenting, I wanted to highlight the importance of cherishing the memories.   Parenting is not easy, but it has so many special moments that will only happen once.   Of course there are…

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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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Walk the Walk

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. As parents, we wear many hats.  Cook, coach, therapist, nurse, nutritionist, and on and on.   One of the most important is role model.  That responsibility should not be taken lightly, as it can have a life-long impact on a child. The role can be…

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Can We Talk?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. Crucial to a child’s ability to successfully navigate the divorce of his parents is an opportunity to express what he is feeling.   As the parent, it is key to encourage the child to share his thoughts and feelings.  Although at the right point, reassurance should…

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What Happened to Family Time?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. During one of my recent commutes to the office, I heard a radio advertisement for unlimited data for up to four lines, celebrating that each family member could watch a different show on a separate phone.   Why in the world would this be celebrated? There…

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Stand Up For Yourself

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. I am starting a new series within the blog about parenting.   This first installment, though, focuses not on the children, but the parent. The most successful parents put their children first, they sacrifice for the betterment of their children, and they tend to be the…

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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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When Can My Child Decide the Parenting Schedule?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. A common question is at what age can a child determine when he/she will see the other parent.  The simple answer is when the child reaches the age of 18.   Until then, such a decision is not for a child, just as other adult decisions…

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Can I Stop My Former Spouse from Relocating with the Children?

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq. Post-decree, after an initial parenting plan has been implemented, the parent with whom the children reside a majority of the time may seek to relocate with the children.   We have a statute for that. The applicable law is controlling whether the proposed move of the…

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