Stevens Firm - October 2018

Navigating Life’s Transitions What Matters Most THE 349 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302 • www.SCFamilyLaw.com • (864) 598-9172 October 2018

Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center

Facing Change Head-On and Coming Out Stronger

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. –Ann Landers Last month, we moved our two oldest teenagers into their college dorms to start the next phase of their lives … and ours. We both experienced the excitement of lining up all the new supplies and gear they would each need for successful first semesters. We agonized right along with them over getting their class schedules “just right” and helped

them figure out how to juggle part-time jobs amongst all the chaos of orientation schedules and moving in. I made many promises not to cry (most of which I kept). Ben laughed at my emotional highs and lows while also handing me boxes of Kleenex. It was a busy few weeks, to say the least, but I can’t help but think back over the massive transition we faced and appreciate how well we seem to be surviving … and, dare I say, we seem to be growing from it all as well. Transition is hard; there’s no doubt about it. Ever since we married six years ago and blended our families, our life has been almost constant activity — recitals, doctor visits, orthodontist visits, sports games, band rehearsals, clothes shopping, traveling, holidays, etc., all while holding down busy full-time jobs as attorneys. Most people, when looking in from the outside, start conversations with us by exclaiming, “I don’t know how you do it!” Well, when you’re in it , it’s hard to imagine not doing it. You just jump in feet first and lead the pack. There are ups and downs, for sure, but at the end of the day, it’s your family and you’d do anything for them. And then the kids start growing up and moving on — and eventually moving out. This transition for them has been interesting to watch — they are learning how to fend for themselves, but I’d be lying if I said we don’t relish it when they “just stop by” for no reason at all. Our latest transition into our quieter, less scheduled-to-the-max home has had me thinking about all the transitions our clients are facing when they first seek out our help. Whether it’s an initial separation and eventual divorce or a custody case that’s starting “round two,” our clients often face immense changes coming at them very quickly. We are here to help guide them through that unfamiliar territory, and we try to incorporate things we’ve learned from our combined experiences, both as family court attorneys and from our real- life experiences. While change may be scary, we can help build your experience into one that leads to positive growth for you and your children. If we can ever be of service to you or your family during life’s more difficult transitions, we hope you’ll reach out to us at (864) 598-9172.

–Jenny Stevens

Reminder About Our Firm’s Communication Policy Our promise to you is that while we are working on your case, we don’t take inbound phone calls, faxes, or emails. Our senior partner, Ben Stevens, takes no unscheduled inbound phone calls, as we have found this makes him much more productive and enables him to focus on getting your case resolved faster. You can always call our office at (864) 598-9172 and schedule an in-person or phone appointment with any of our attorneys, usually within 24–48 hours. We believe this approach is much better than the endless game of phone tag played by most businesses today. Email is also an efficient way to communicate with us, but please

be advised that emails are not typically checked more than twice per day. If you need something quickly, don’t email — call our office and speak with one of our assistants, who will be happy to help you. Disclaimer: This publication is intended to educate the general public about family law issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. Every case is different. The information in this newsletter may be freely copied and distributed so long as the newsletter is copied in its entirety and proper credit is attributed to “The Stevens Firm, P.A. — Family Law Center (SCFamilyLaw.com).”

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