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Regina's Blog

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This is a blog about relationships, and it covers dating, marriage, parenting, modern family dynamics and divorce as seen from the very personal perspective of a divorced divorce lawyer.

1209, 2018

6 Best Life Lessons Instilled In All Gymnasts

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

September 15th is National Gymnastics Day, and it will be an honor to speak at the local event hosted by Silver Stars Gymnastics in Maryland. Even though my days as an Elite National Gymnast are long behind me, there is not a day that goes by where I am not grateful for the lessons I learned early on in life as a result of being a gymnast. Here are the six best life skills gymnastics imparts on al [...]

2508, 2018

Do You Need To Wait A Year To Officially Divorce?

By | August 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2015, the Maryland laws changed to allow for couples with an agreement and no minor children to immediately file for a Mutual Consent Divorce. Now in October 2018, this will also be permitted for couples with minor children. There is a lot of work that goes into finalizing an agreement that address all issues arising from a marriage,  including (1) child custody; (2) support; and (3) property d [...]

505, 2018

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

By | May 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Today, it seems everyone wants to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but in addition to enjoying some great Mexican food with a fruity margarita or Corona, let me give you some food for thought: In 1848, when the U.S. took over half of Mexico's land, we signed The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo where we agreed to allow the Mexicans that stayed in the USA full rights as citizens-- which meant that back then we [...]

802, 2018

Are You Dreading Valentine’s Day?

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Don't you wish you could go back in time, like to the days we were in grade school and could all enjoy a zero-pressure Valentine's Day? Remember when your entire class had a party, you made heart-shaped decorations for your family, and everyone got the same amazing amount of candy?  I still vividly remember these days, most likely because I got to vicariously re-live them for a bit through my own [...]

2601, 2018

Why Is January “Divorce Month”?

By | January 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From mid-November until January 1st each year, most people focus on the holidays-- either embracing them completely while feeling like Chris Kringle or at the other extreme sympathizing tremendously with Ebenezer Scrooge or The Grinch prior to their last minute epiphanies.  For those in troubled marriages, those five weeks at the end of the year can be quite torturous for a variety of reasons, inc [...]

1910, 2017

Will You Join The #Me Too Movement Or Are You Going To Stay Quiet?

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As stories have continued to emerge over the past two weeks shedding new light on the rampant experience women have with harassment and sexual assault, many of us have had to grapple with the issue of speaking up about painful episodes from our past or staying silent and quietly battling those ghosts that have now be resurrected by the media and haunt our daily thoughts.  While neither choice is r [...]

2209, 2017

How Do You Switch From Being A Yuppie To Hippie?

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I don't think most yuppies transform into hippies overnight.  Those of us that go the corporate/law firm route after grad school tend to embrace a certain look, gravitate towards urban dwellings and maintain an intense life style for many years.  We work hard, then play hard.  And during this phase of our lives, huge sums of money are spent not just on impressive homes, but also on expensive cars, [...]

2009, 2017

What Crap Are You Holding Onto?

By | September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After a bad break-up, it's normal for feelings of disappointment, sadness, anger or betrayal to linger for a while. It's okay to vent these feelings with those you trust, or write them in a journal until finally you've got it all out of your system. But hopefully at some point you realize enough is enough-- you have to move on, and to do that you need let go of all those heavy thoughts weighing yo [...]

409, 2017

5 Things Your Kids Learn From Travel

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I was 9, my grandmother took me to visit her family in South America. That was a memorable trip for me mostly because I was not prepared for the immense poverty and huge disparity between the haves and have-nots. Then as a teenager in the 1980's, I was given special permission to travel to Eastern Europe during the Cold War to train with some of their top athletes. That was another huge cultu [...]

2007, 2017

Can You See The Silver-Lining Of Divorce?

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Whether your marriage lasted six months or thirty years, parting ways is never easy because of the maelstrom of emotions evoked once either party announces that s/he is done trying to work things out. Simply put, admitting failure isn't easy for anyone, and accepting that all your dreams of a happily-ever-after with your spouse are not ever going to come true is a hard and bitter pill to swallow. [...]

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