Can he tell me I can’t take the kids?

We’re seeing a LOT of custody disputes right now. I’ve talked about it a bit before, of course; there are very few things that we deal with that are as serious or as terrifying as a dad taking the children and threatening to not allow them to return. We have several cases like this. It’s…

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When will you have Girl’s Night Out events again?

Though it was originally our late co-founded Kristen Hofheimer’s idea, I’ve spent the last several years working hard to grow and expand our Girl’s Night Out group. With the recent fears surrounding coronavirus, and Governor Northam’s “stay at home” order, which banned large group gatherings and also closed many restaurants (except for delivery and take…

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Homeschool and Custody Amid COVID-19

We’ve written about homeschooling before, because it has always been an option available to parents, and one that can have an impact on a custody and visitation case. Even though homeschooling may not be many parents first choice (myself included), all of the issues related to coronavirus and COVID-19 have made homeschool a daily reality…

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Visitation Exchanges with Stepchildren During the Pandemic

As a mom myself, I’m a member of a lot of online communities for moms. They’re not all divorce and custody related but, as you’re probably aware, we slip into that territory fairly often. I hear all sorts of questions related to it, and, mostly, in an online capacity, I don’t answer. These people don’t…

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Essential Workers: Custody and Visitation Concerns

An ER doctor in Florida recently lost custody of her 4 year old daughter on a temporary basis as fears of the coronavirus pandemic escalate around the country. We keep reading about the stories of heroes who keep working despite the dangers of COVID-19, and we’ve realized recently how dependent we are on some of…

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When will the courts reopen?

If we’re hearing one question over and over again amidst all of this COVID-19 drama, its, “When will the courts reopen?” Quickly on its heels is another, related question: “Why don’t you know?!” I get it, it’s frustrating. But the courts work differently – and separately – from the stay at home order issued by…

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The Pandemic Made Me Do It: 2020 Kristen D. Hofheimer Memorial Scholarship

I’ve said it a couple of times lately: In recent weeks, I’ve understood how some bigger events – like the Great Depression and the World Wars – could really shape a person. We certainly had an experience like that after 9/11; everybody remembers where they were then, and probably also remembers the time immediately after….

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Domestic Violence and Social Distancing

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge anglophile. I can’t help it; I love the British. It has been a lifelong love, too. That’s generally not relevant to the work that I do. Once, I wrote a blog about Henry VIII and the differences between divorce then and now, and I…

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Dissecting the Virginia Stay at Home Order

Governor Northam issued a Stay at Home order for Virginia residents, effective immediately, on Monday, March 30th, 2020. I wrote last week about what would happen if a shelter in place order was issued, ironically right before Governor Northam issued his stay at home order. I’ve been reading up on these, and it probably bears…

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April Girl’s Night Out at Mermaid Winery Cancelled

How’s everyone faring lately? Social distancing is easier for some of us than for others, but there’s no question that, over time, it’ll wear on us all. Even though I’m your run-of-the-mill dyed-in-the-wool introvert, it’s a struggle for me knowing that playgrounds (I have two kids who are home full time with me as I…

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