2011

Blog Posts in 2011

  • In Tomorrow We Trust

    Take a fresh look at your future and implement a new estate plan. In divorce proceedings, individuals experience emotional turmoil, financial uncertainty, and personal challenges that are unsettling, but expected. Peace of mind is illusory for a divorcing spouse. Death, serious illness, and disability, however, often occur when they are least expected. Anticipating the unexpected is a key ...
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  • Pounding The Pavement

    Divorce may force you out into the workforce or into a classroom. The end of a marriage often marks a time when a homemaker may need to consider acquiring job skills and/or returning to the workforce. Similarly, a spouse who has been employed part-time or only on an intermittent basis may be asked to become more self-supporting. A dissolution proceeding is also a time when one spouse or the other ...
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  • House...Pensions...Debts

    Can I keep it? Must we split it? What should we do about the house? Divorcing spouses often assume that they must sell the marital home and that the sale must be completed before the divorce can be finalized. Neither of these assumptions is accurate. In fact, there are a number of options for allocating, dividing, or disposing of the family home. A sale of the property is the option that will ...
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  • When "Daddy" Is Full of Doubt - How to challenge the paternity presumption

    The decision to challenge paternity involves a series of legal and psychological choices. In making a decision, the court must balance three sets of interests: the father’s rights, the mother’s rights, and the child’s rights to a clear determination of parentage and support. Let’s examine a common scenario in which husband and wife have a child and then divorce because one spouse has had an ...
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  • Getting Your Special Children All the Help They Need

    Once child support is figured out, questions often remain as to whether the parties can agree, or the court can order, other types of payments, such as college expenses, special needs programs for a child, or enrichment programs or competitive activities for a gifted and talented child. Specifics will vary slightly from state to state as will what a court can or will order, depending on whether ...
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  • Are You Safe? Your first choice must be to protect your children and yourself

    Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence must understand how the l egal process works and how to obtain a court order of protection—also called a restraining order or domestic violence order. But knowledge of the process, or even having the order in hand, does not, by any means, eliminate the necessity to remain ever vigilant and at all times keenly aware of the perpetrator’s existence. The ...
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  • Heroic Parenting - Choose to love your children more than you hate your ex

    By Michele Lowrance Two out of three children from divorced families as adults have decided not to have children of their own according to Dr. Judith S. Wallerstein’s long-term studies. (Wallerstein, Judith, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce , p. 67.) The reasons given range from, “They would not want to be the kind of parent they had,” to “If their marriage ended in divorce, their children might ...
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