Separation & Divorce

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Divorce in the Digital Age: How the Internet Can Be Useful In Your Divorce Case

September 24, 2016

Unquestionably, the Internet has changed the way we access information and the volume of information that is available. It has also made it more difficult to keep our personal lives private when so much information about us can be easily discovered by clicking a few keystrokes. Family law attorneys once relied on private investigators to uncover dirt on cheating spouses, or look for assets owned by someone who claimed to have no money. Family law…

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10 Tips to Minimize the Impact of Divorce on Your Child

September 14, 2016

Divorce can be a sad, scary and stressful experience for any child. Not surprisingly, a large part of a child’s reaction to divorce has to do with how the parents handle the divorce and conduct themselves, particularly in the presence of the child. If the parents are engaged in scorched earth warfare, the divorce will be more traumatic for the child and the child will have a more difficult time adjusting. On the other hand,…

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Why Do Some Divorce Cases Take Longer Than Others?

August 5, 2016

Almost everyone has heard a divorce horror story about a divorce case that lasted for years and/or cost a small fortune in legal expenses. While those cases are the exception, they do occur. The absolute (actual) divorce is usually a simple process that can be completed within approximately 45 days from when the other side is served with divorce paperwork, or about 60 days from filing a lawsuit for divorce unless there are contested issues,…

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Costly Divorce Mistakes: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.

June 14, 2016

In an effort to save money during divorce, many couples turn to self-help legal forms and generic advice found on the Internet rather than hiring a family law attorney. When parties attempt to represent themselves in the divorce process and forgo the benefit of legal counsel, they place themselves at risk of adverse legal and financial consequences that could end up costing them more than if they had hired an attorney. Before you elect to…

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Gifts during Marriage – When a Gift Is Not a Gift

May 25, 2016

Separate property is considered property (either an asset or debt) that belongs to one spouse individually. Separate property is not subject to equitable distribution and its value is not included in the marital estate. Separate property includes: property that was owned by a spouse prior to marriage; property acquired in exchange for separate property; and property that was received by gift or inheritance. It is well established that gifts to a spouse from a third-party…

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