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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.

403, 2017

Are You Worried About Parental Alienation?

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

All separated parents probably have some pretty unflattering things to say about each other, which is why they are no longer together.  But, good parents try their best to filter their thoughts so that at least in front of the children they are not broadcasting those negative opinions. Parents that fail to do so, then fall into two categories: those that knowingly denigrate the other parent, and t [...]

2702, 2017

Are You Paying It Forward?

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sometimes, you just can't pay back an act of kindness.  For example, a stranger pays you a compliment and then gets off the elevator, someone anonymously donates to your cause, or a passerby sets you in the right direction, and then disappears.  What do you do when that happens?  Some of you move on and consider yourself lucky that day, while others feel a tremendous obligation to pay the kindness [...]

2602, 2017

Is The Honeymoon Over?

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Most love stories start the same way-- you meet someone you find interesting, you have fun with one another, and you fall in love as each person does kind things for the other one.  You both show one another respect and build trust together.  You share similar interests and engage in fun activities together.  Everyone is on their best behavior as you meet each other's families and friends.  You fi [...]

2502, 2017

Did Your Ex Break Your Heart Or Your Wallet?

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Broken hearts are easy to fix-- it may take time to heal, but with the support of family and friends, you will get there. This is not only my personal experience, but what I have professionally observed for over 18 years with all of my divorce clients. However, if your ex broke your wallet, well that is a lot more difficult to recover from unfortunately, especially the closer you are to retirement [...]

2202, 2017

Are Your Kids’ Clothes Disappearing Into a Black Hole?

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

I know for some of you this is going to sound petty, but for a bunch of you single parents it may come as a bit of comedic relief to read this and realize you are not alone.  Divorced parents fight about clothes a lot-- it just never gets to the point that anyone raises this issue to a judge, mainly because let's face it the price of going to court could buy your child's clothes for about a decade [...]

1802, 2017

Marriage- What’s Love Got To Do With It?

By | February 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Love does not conquer all, I'm sorry to say.  Every single one of my divorce clients started out in love when they first said their vows.  But staying in sync with your partner is not easy, especially over the years as you weather life's storms that often include illness, financial loss, family drama, career setbacks, or quite simply a change of heart as to your priorities. Marriage is about commi [...]

1602, 2017

In Honor Of No Immigrants Day

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had court today, so I could not just take the day off, but if you saw me reading the Express on the Metro when it showed that Jose Andres (who is from my father's country) was closing some of his restaurants in the area today, you would have seen the biggest grin on my face-- it went from ear to ear. After court, as I ran some errands, I walked by a McDonald's that was closed today.  I was so pr [...]

502, 2017

Can You Reclaim Valentine’s Day As Your Own?

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and chances are that if you're single, you may be dreading this Hallmark holiday-- but what if you could reclaim this day as your own? The reality is that about 20% of the U.S. population will never marry, and of the 80% that do half will get divorced.  Among the 40% that remain married, it is believed that only half of those are happily married, which m [...]

2401, 2017

Reflections After The Women’s March

By | January 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Title IX was passed in 1972, the year that I was born.  A year later, Roe v. Wade lifted the ban on abortions in the U.S.  3 years later, Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 at the Olympics in the history of gymnastics and captured the hearts of fans around the world.  Then, in 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice.  It is no wonder then, that I, al [...]

1601, 2017

Do You Need Some Ideas For A Romantic Getaway?

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Whether you have been married for over a decade, or only been dating a few months, it is important to carve out some time for a romantic getaway, and you don't need to spend a fortune.  If you want to wait for a last-minute deal, there are plenty of those available, or if you are more of a planner, you can take your time shopping around for a cheap flight and/or hotel deal. Either way, you don't e [...]

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