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Separation of Assets IAQ: Home Equity

October 13, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Last month, we did a couple of IAQs — Infrequently Asked Questions — about child custody. We got a little bit of positive feedback about that, so we decided to do a similar short series about separation of assets. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the more interesting quirks about how the court handles equity. Premarital vs. Marital ...

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Separation of Assets IAQ: When Divorce Goes SoL

October 10, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Last month, we did a couple of IAQs — Infrequently Asked Questions — about child custody. We got a little bit of positive feedback about that, so we decided to do a similar short series about separation of assets.  Today, we’re talking about the SoLs — that is to say, Statute of Limitations laws that affect division of assets. The ...

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Divorce Paperwork Matters: “Incorporated and Merged”

October 6, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

There are two parts to divorce paperwork. The first is the divorce agreement, which is what the two spouses create (and/or the court creates if the spouses cannot come to terms). The second is the judgment of divorce a.k.a. the divorce decree that a judge signs that actually ends a marriage and puts the court’s authority behind the divorce agreement. ...

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Changes in Child Custody Laws to Help Abuse Victims

October 3, 2016

Earlier this year, a number of measures passed that make divorce proceedings much easier on abuse victims, and we realized we hadn’t made a post about them, and that seemed like an oversight on our part. So we’re here to rectify the situation by summarizing the measures and their impacts today! The Measures, Summarized HB4476: Prevents the court from forcing ...

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How to Connect With Your Child During a Divorce, Part II

September 30, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Check back with Part I if you’re not sure what we’re on about; we’re going to dive right in here. Let Them Lead As a parent, it’s easy to slip into the role of leader — after all, that’s pretty literally been your job for 90% of their life to this point. But when it comes to connecting with a ...

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How to Connect With Your Child During a Divorce, Part I

September 26, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Divorce is an all-consuming, emotionally-exhausting process. It’s incredibly hard to even function at times, much less take the wants and needs of another individual into account. No, we’re not talking about empathizing with your spouse (that’s a goal for the most highly-evolved human beings to shoot for and still miss) — we’re talking about connecting with your child. Making a ...

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When Is Joint Custody the Wrong Call?

September 22, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

When it comes to custody of a child after divorce, the default — for good reason! — is joint custody. That good reason is that in general, children are better off the more loving adults are in their life. Of course, science and law have both advanced significantly since this doctrine was first put forth in the 80s. Today, we ...

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When There’s No Money or Assets, What Does a Divorce Do?

September 19, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Here’s an interesting statistic: the richest X Americans have as much wealth between them as the bottom 40%. It’s true! And yes, it’s true no matter what number X is. How? Because when you calculate wealth in terms of ‘assets minus liabilities’ (which is the typical way of making that calculation), it turns out that the bottom 40% of Americans ...

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Divorce, Separation of Property, and Unconventional Assets

September 12, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

We did a post a couple of weeks ago about the long-term effects that divorce and its associated separation of property can have on family finances. We got some unique questions in response, and we thought we’d do a short article on some examples of genuinely unconventional assets that can — and should — be taken into account during the separation ...

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The Divorce Rate Debate

September 8, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

There’s a lot of material written about the divorce rate these days. It’s possible to find articles from as recently as a week ago that bemoan the rise of the divorce rate to 52.5%, and other articles from the same day celebrating the reduction of the divorce rate to 38%. What’s the truth? What is the divorce rate? And does ...

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