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Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

Civility can be helpful in divorce

When experiencing a divorce, spouses can often be contentious and bitter toward each other, but this does not have to be the case. In order to avert a financial and emotional disaster, spouses should consider the way in which they treat their partner just prior to and during the separation. For instance, if the separation […]

Sale of the family home in a divorce

All too often when people are experiencing a divorce, they find themselves in the unfavorable position of having to sell the family home. One common reason for the sale of the home is that they recently purchased the home, and the mortgage payment is too high. Since one of them must find a second home, […]

A guardian ad litem may be called upon to represent best interests of children in divorce

When children are involved in a divorce or separation, the best interests of the children should be of paramount importance in determining such issues as custody, child support and visitation agreements. And a court may appoint an attorney as a guardian ad litem, whose function is to represent the best interests of the children during […]

The treatment of inheritance in divorce

During a divorce, issues often arise as to how assets are to be distributed. Specifically, you may have some concerns about how your or your spouse’s inheritance will be treated in divorce proceedings if the inheritance was acquired while you were still married. Upon your inheritance of assets acquired during marriage, the treatment of those […]

A no-contest clause can help prevent a court challenge to a will or trust

An individual who is planning for their estate always wants to make sure that their will or trust will be valid in the courts and, in particular, that those estate-planning vehicles are not successfully challenged. The course of action that many people opt to take in order to avoid the latter outcome is to add […]

Prenuptial agreements can help couples protect separate assets

Asset preservation has become an increasingly important factor in marriage as well as estate planning, particularly as divorce and blended families become more common realities in the United States. The rising popularity of prenuptial agreements is a notable reflection of the changing matrimonial landscape in this country. In an October 2013 survey of 1,600 members […]

When filing for a divorce, finding fault is not always necessary

If there was ever an appropriate circumstance, divorce proceedings would seem a prime candidate for an exercise in finger-pointing. However, legally speaking, there are situations in which spouses parting ways should seek what is known as a no-fault divorce. Traditionally, some sort of misconduct has formed the grounds for a divorce. But modern divorce laws […]

When a couple divorces, debts as well as property must be equitably divided

Marriage can be likened to a business contract, and when that contract is dissolved during a divorce the division of assets is an important and often contentious matter. But debts are an equally important matter to resolve when any contract, including marriage, terminates, as any debts a couple holds will also be allocated between the […]

Parental communication helps pave the way for a reasonable visitation schedule

When couples with irreconcilable differences end their marriage through a divorce, the bonds between the spouses are effectively severed. Each party can proceed with his or her life separately. However, if a soon-to-be-splitting couple has children, some level of communication between the parents will necessarily linger, particularly once child custody has been determined and reasonable […]

When spouses wish to part ways, the finality of divorce is usually best

As a popular culture would have us believe, breaking up is hard to do. With all the emotional and financial upheaval that is often involved with a nuptial parting of the ways, some on-the-rocks couples opt for what may seem to be the easier route of some form of separation.  Despite the first-blush attractiveness of […]