Post-Divorce Recovery: Father and Step-Father walk their daughter down the aisle

Post-Divorce Recovery: Father and Step-Father walk their daughter down the aisle

Divorce is never easy. The process of splitting assets and determining custody of children can leave a family in divided. Rebuilding, recovery and moving on to have a happy life, after a divorce, is what we strive to assist our clients with achieving at LaMonaca Law. It takes forgiveness, love, and, sometimes, broadening the concept of “family.”

Earlier this year, a story about caring and forgiveness post-divorce made headlines. At the wedding of his biological daughter, Brittany, Todd Bachman decided to do something special for Brittany’s step-father, Todd Cendrosky. When it was time to walk his daughter down the aisle, Bachman went up to Cendrosky and grabbed his arm. He wanted to “thank [Cendrosky] for all the years of helping raise OUR daughter . . . . There is no better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking her down the aisle.” Cendrosky, who was dressed in a tuxedo but sitting in the crowd, said that he “got weak in the knees and lost it.” While Bachman stated that things were not always “peaches and cream,” however, he appreciated the impact that Cendrosky in raising Brittany. They made the wedding day great for Brittany and also shared in her joy together.

After the trauma of a divorce, it is important to be able to, eventually, begin anew. Not all families are able to move forward for a certain reasons, such as, domestic violence. However, in cases where one, or both parents, want to move to another relationship, the acceptance of the new family member can be difficult, but important and possible. Stories like the Bachman-Cendrosky family remind us that there can be happiness and acceptance after a divorce.

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About Melissa Towsey

Melissa graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a double major in Sociology and Foreign Affairs. After working for several years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., she attended The University of Villanova School of Law and graduated in 2010. During law school, Melissa was involved in several public interest organizations and published an article in Villanova’s Environmental Law Journal, “Something Stinks: The Need for Environmental Regulation of Puppy Mills” 21 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 159 (2010) After law school, Melissa clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Parisi, Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County. Melissa is the supervising attorney of the firm’s Appellate Unit. The Appellate Unit handles all aspects of the appellate process for family law cases as well as advanced research within the firm. Melissa and her husband, Paul, reside in Montgomery County with their two cats Wembley and Gobo. In her spare time, she enjoys audiobooks, barbeques, and watching action movies.