DC and MD Matrimonial Lawyer Focusing on Custody, Divorce and Prenups

For over 20 years, Regina A. DeMeo has been helping families in MD and DC with custody and divorce issues either through mediation, litigation or advocacy. She is an alumna of Georgetown University and GW University Law School, who is nationally recognized as a top matrimonial attorney. She is frequently quoted in the media for her ideas to promote healthier relationships and featured in the Washington Post, ABA Journal and Bethesda Magazine for her care and commitment to her clients. As a legal commentator, she has appeared on Washington Post Express Facebook Live, ABC tv, Good Morning America, MMCTV, YouTube and Sirius XM, and has been quoted in various magazines, books and journals across the country.

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2405, 2023

The Top Things to Consider Including in Your Prenuptial Agreement

By |May 24th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Getting married is an exciting time in your life. It is important to consider the potential legal and financial implications of your union. That's where a prenuptial agreement comes in. While it may not be the most romantic aspect of wedding planning, a prenup can provide peace of mind and protect your assets in the event of a divorce. This is even more important as 40% to 50% of marriages end in divorce. But what should you include in your prenuptial agreement? From property division and spousal support, to the logistics of selling the marital home in the event of a separation, there are several critical elements to consider. In this article, we'll explore the top things to include in your prenuptial agreement so you can feel confident and prepared for your future together. So, whether you're getting ready to tie the knot or just curious about prenups, read on to learn more! Understanding the Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that outlines how assets and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce. It can also address other important issues, such as spousal support and alimony. While no one wants to think about the possibility of divorce, it's important to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. A prenup can help avoid [...]

1005, 2023

How To Reframe A Difficult Mother’s Day

By |May 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Twenty five years ago I graduated from George Washington University Law School on Mother's Day weekend, and soon thereafter I immersed myself in the practice of family law in our nation's capital.  Although the first five years were relatively straight forward, the past two decades have definitely been hard juggling a challenging career and motherhood.  A year after opening my own law firm, I got divorced, which made the decision to remain self-employed as a single mother a whole lot scarier, yet somehow I persevered hoping to set a positive example for my son, who was a huge source of inspiration for me especially during COVID when we became so isolated from colleagues, family and friends. Last year, my son launched, and unfortunately his life choices have caused a huge rift within my family, particularly my own mother, who has once again stopped talking to me because somehow I have failed to meet her expectations.  What's lost on her is that after law school I stopped letting her guilt trips get to me, and the past 20 years as a mother I have learned the beauty of giving unconditional love, which I never got from her. Some parents model for us the behavior we want to pass on to our children, while others model for us what we don't [...]

205, 2023

5 Tips For Managing A Domestic Partnership

By |May 2nd, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Although fewer people may be walking down the aisle these days, there are still  plenty of couples that cohabitate together, sometimes as a test-run prior to getting married, but not necessarily.  Over the past two decades, I have learned as a matrimonial attorney not to make  any assumptions, however, if you want to successfully navigate shacking up together here are some tough discussions you need to have before moving in together: What is an equitable division of household expenses?  First you need to establish a realistic housing budget and agree on what counts as joint expenses, which typically include housing, food, and shared travel and entertainment.  Then, if you don't earn the same, it probably isn't fair to split everything evenly.  However, if someone is paying off significant debt either from a student loan or prior obligations (such as alimony or child support) then maybe using a pro rata share of net income is more appropriate than focusing on just gross income numbers. How will you manage your finances?  Most modern couples have a joint account for shared expenses, but they maintain separate accounts for their separate expenses, such as clothing, transportation, medical costs, debt or independent travel and entertainment.  However, not everybody has a transparent discussion about what those separate expenses look like or how they may impact [...]

2802, 2023

Families Are Like Rock Bands, They Break Up

By |February 28th, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In just a few months I will be celebrating 25 years as a family lawyer in our nation's capital.  That means half my life I've been helping to restructure hundreds of families tackling major issues related to their finances and children, as well as the redistribution of responsibilities and resources.  Meanwhile, despite my best efforts, my own family has gone through several painful reorganization endeavors with incredibly mixed results.  The fact is after all these years, my conclusion is best summarized in this one line from the new movie, The Jesus Revolution: families are like rock bands, they break up. The most common factors contributing to a falling out among family members are disagreements over (1) money, (2) kids, (3) an individual's poor choices and/or bad behaviors that negatively impacts others, and (4) unmet expectations.   These issues are easily exacerbated during trying times by our inability to communicate effectively and respectfully.  Family problems never just go away on their own, and unfortunately left unattended tend to slowly erode trust and respect until there is nothing left but deep resentment and contempt. Over the past two decades while navigating motherhood and an intense professional life, I wish I could say my family has always stood by me, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  All the plot twists and [...]

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