2nd Annual Maryland Day Social at White Oak Tavern

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We want to thank our advocates and local attorneys–particularly the Howard County Bar Association, for the enormous amount of support we receive. Please join us at the 2nd Annual Maryland Day Social, an event sponsored by the Bar Foundation of Howard County, providing an opportunity to meet new District Court Judge Lisa Broten, learn more about the Foundation, their interaction with other Howard County lawyers, and meet the new Howard County Bar Foundation fellows. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Nat...

3 Tips on Overcoming Relationship Challenges

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My name is Simone and I am a senior at Centennial High School. The National Family Resiliency Center (NFRC) has been a part of my life for over six years. I was a client after my mom and stepfather separated in 2008; later, I became a peer counselor. A peer counselor is an individual, who has had previous experience with a family transition, such as divorce or separation, and, with the help of counseling, has been able to work through many of the associated challenges. Peer counselors contribute to group sessions b...

Back to School: A Gift for You, A Must for your Children

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Millions of school children have recently returned to school. Regardless of age, this new beginning brings with it excitement, anxiety and fresh goals for children. Some of these children have been told about their parents’ separation or are beginning to live what their parents have explained to them: two homes, one school, some days going to school from one parent’s home, the other days the second parent’s home. Sometimes, there are tears when the first graders get on the wrong bus to return home. No matter ...

Be a Lasting Holiday Gift for Your Children

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If you’re a frequent user of social media, you can’t help but notice your streams are suddenly full of photographs and instant memories of families gathering for the holidays. Perhaps the pictures reflect dazzling children performing at winter recitals, making cookies, or eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival. Other friends may be sharing eight nights of family togetherness, bonding over Hanukkah traditions new and old, while still others are celebrating what’s good in their lives through Kwanzaa candle ligh...

Choosing the Right Legal Process for Your Divorce

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This guest blog is from one of NFRC’s volunteer peer counselors; out of respect for her family’s privacy, we will call her Ilene. Going through a divorce can be mind-numbingly complicated. If you’re the person asking for the divorce then you’ve probably done some research into the process. If you are the person who has been unwillingly thrust into this situation, you may feel frozen and unable to figure out how to cope. A member of the latter group, I am a person told a divorce would occur. Within a few s...