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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.

804, 2019

How Balanced Is Your Budget?

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that tax season is almost over, we should all have a pretty good grasp of our income and major expenses. The key now, whether you are on your own or with a partner, is to figure out whether you are saving enough or spending too much, and make appropriate adjustments as needed. When I began practicing family law 20 years ago, I had no idea how much time I would be spending with my clients revie [...]

304, 2019

Should You Consider a Prenup Before Saying “I Do”?

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Wedding season is about to ramp up, and for all those engaged couples that are contemplating a prenup NOW is really when you need to start that process.  To reduce the chance of having these agreements challenged or possibly invalidated later in court, matrimonial attorneys will always encourage clients to work on full disclosure with ample time for each party to consult his/her own counsel, and w [...]

2603, 2019

What’s Your Incentive To Compromise?

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

In family law, it is well documented that over 90% of cases settle before trial, but the reasons driving such a high rate of settlements is probably less clear to most people, except those of us that have spent decades working with families in the legal trenches. Not only is the court process expensive, but it is also far from speedy or private. As time goes on, many find that living with tremendo [...]

403, 2019

Should We Just Agree to Disagree?

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

I realize there are many out there (although none in my immediate circle of friends) that support the President's idea of a wall to limit immigration from countries south of our border, but I am having a really hard time understanding how this can be a "National Emergency." To me, as both a family lawyer in the DC Area for over 20 years and the mother of a young child, there are far more pressing [...]

2802, 2019

What Is Financial Infidelity?

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Financial infidelity may not be recognized as grounds for divorce in court, but that does not mean you should ignore it. If your partner is not being transparent about his/her finances, that is a legitimate cause for concern because a loving partner that you can trust will want to make sure you feel safe and secure-- not just emotionally, but financially. Hiding assets, debt or gambling addictions [...]

2002, 2019

How Well Do You Know Your Partner?

By |February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had someone surprise you? You thought you knew the person well, but then s/he surprises you in response to a difficult situation. The truth is, you don't know what you don't know... until you see how a person reacts in an adverse situation. We have all had friendships that go on for 5, 10, even 20 years, and all of a sudden that person shows you a side that you had never seen before. [...]

1102, 2019

This Valentine’s Day, What Are You Doing For Yourself?

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Whether you try to ignore it or not, Valentine's Day is just a few days away.  If you are in a relationship, then like it or not the pressure is on to do something- at a bare minimum a card and some candy.  Most of us over age 40 are probably done buying into the hype of over priced flowers and expensive dinners out, but for those with a significant other they still need to be on the same page wit [...]

3101, 2019

How Are You Coping With Winter Blues?

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

For many, it has not been an easy start to 2019. The longest government shutdown in U.S. history definitely took a psychological toll on most of us in DC, not to mention the devastating economic impact across various industries here. On top of that, freezing temperatures have caused major delays or school closures in this region, and unless you are seemingly immune to the cold, this weather is not [...]

1512, 2018

Are You Making Time For Yourself During The Holidays?

By |December 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Despite all the pressure to find the right gifts for family and friends, and distribute the correct amount in bonuses and tips to our service providers during the holidays, I do love the fact that at the end of every year we must all take some time to think about others and recognize the role they play in our lives. That said, you don't want to lose sight of the fact that with the precious time yo [...]

411, 2018

How Are You Coping With The Challenges of Single Parenting?

By |November 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

None of us aspire to be a single parent, just like none of us dream of getting divorced when we're exchanging our vows in front of some officiant with probably 50 or more of our closest friends and family as witnesses. So let's first acknowledge and accept that the choice to be a single parent is not an easy one, and for some people it was not even a decision they made willingly, but rather it was [...]

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