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  • Preparing for Separation and DivorceApril 30, 2021

    It is wise to meet with a divorce attorney, if possible, before your separation. If not, do so close to your separation.

    Obtaining information about the process and having your questions answered helps with the stress and uncertainty. It also enables you to participate in how your divorce will proceed.

    To locate an attorney communicate with your family, friends, co-workers, professional contacts, and community contacts.
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  • The Truth Will Set You Free: Why Credibility is Currency in Divorce and Custody CasesApril 09, 2021

    Most of us have done things we are embarrassed about or ashamed of — things we would rather not share in polite company, for fear of being judged.  We omit, shade, deflect or deny for the sake of maintaining appearances. 

    This tendency surfaces frequently in family law courtrooms across Maryland and the District of Columbia, where judges and magistrates are, in fact, tasked with assessing the fitness and credibility of spouses and parents every day. 
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  • You Committed Adultery. Now Tell Your Divorce Lawyer.March 30, 2021

    You and your spouse are on the cusp of getting a divorce or are already in the midst of the divorce process. You’ve been unfaithful, but are unsure if your spouse is aware. Do you admit you committed adultery? When do you admit you committed adultery? Should you tell your lawyer? When do you tell your lawyer?

    These are all valid questions and concerns.
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  • Should I Borrow or Accept Money from Family While Getting Divorced?March 26, 2021

    Cash flow is a common concern for most people going through separation or divorce. Many clients ask me if they can accept or borrow money from family.

    While accepting or borrowing money from family may seem like an economical option because it often does not require a loan agreement, interest, penalties or preapproval, it can actually have unintended and potentially harmful consequences on the remaining aspects of your divorce.
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  • Donna Van Scoy Honored as One of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily RecordMarch 25, 2021

    Divorce attorney Donna Van Scoy has been selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.

    According to The Daily Record, “Maryland’s Top 100 Women recognizes high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring. Winners are selected by past Top 100 Women and business leaders.”

    A highly regarded member of the family law bar, Donna also made this list in 2013. 
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