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Spouse Refuses to Participate in the Divorce Process

When Your Spouse Refuses to Participate in the Divorce Process

The best-case scenario for a divorce is an uncontested divorce, in which both parties agree to the dissolution of the marriage and cooperate in the dividing of marital property and determining things like alimony and custody (if necessary). But sometimes one spouse refuses to participate in the divorce process, making it difficult to complete the

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appearing in court

Dos and Don’ts for Appearing in Court

Many of you have seen our entertaining videos about what NOT to wear when you are appearing in court. (If you missed them you can catch them here.) However, we would like to expand on that thought and cover more than just your wardrobe here. DO: Dress Professionally This does not mean business casual necessarily,

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real estate evictions

Understanding the Basics of Real Estate Evictions

Money and personal property are both sources of contention in all sorts of relationships, so it’s no wonder why it can sometimes be difficult to find a landlord/tenant relationship that isn’t fraught with tension. It can be easy for each party to get frustrated with the other, but no matter how strong the temptation for

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prenuptial agreement

What Can Be Included in A Prenuptial Agreement?

Not only is the divorce rate going up these days, but the rate at which couples are signing a prenuptial agreement has also been on the rise. Although it has long been perceived as a measure to protect the wealthy from gold diggers, spouses of a wider range of incomes are now signing prenuptial agreements

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How Does Divorce Affect Your Credit Rating

How Does Divorce Affect Your Credit Rating?

Divorce does not directly affect your credit rating. There’s no factor for divorce or marital status when calculating credit, but divorce does cause a lot of upheaval, specifically to your finances. As if the stress of ending a marriage wasn’t bad enough, the impact of the financial strain that tends to result can hurt your

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Dividing Property That Is in A Trust During Divorce

Dividing Property That Is in A Trust During Divorce

Any property acquired during the marriage is generally considered marital property – meaning both parties have an equal claim on the property – but that’s not always the case with trusts. A trust is a piece of property that is managed by a trustee for a beneficiary. The piece of property funding the trust can

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Common Mistakes People Make During Divorce

Common Mistakes People Make During Divorce

We all make mistakes, especially when we’re stressed and feeling emotional. Few things are more stressful or more emotional than divorce, but that’s also when it’s most important to refrain from making any mistakes. When litigating and/or settling divorce, it’s nothing less than our lives at stake. In addition to financial assets and alimony, any

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do-it-yourself divorce

Understanding Why A Do-It-Yourself Divorce Is Dangerous

There are some projects where it might be practical to DIY – divorce is not one of those projects. As wonderful as the internet is, it does not, in fact, contain all the answers. Conducting an internet search of the marriage laws in your state does not give you an idea of how those marriage

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Dividing Pension and Retirement Benefits During Divorce

Dividing Pension and Retirement Benefits During Divorce

When considering what they’re entitled to in a divorce, most people think of dividing up the bank accounts and the property. Few of them think of the pension, 401k, or other retirement plan, but they should. In most states (depending on the relevant marriage law) all pension money earned during the marriage is considered an

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adopting my stepchild

What Is Involved In Adopting My Stepchild?

For the most part, adopting a stepchild is much like adopting any other child. In fact, sometimes the process can be expedited since the child and your spouse are related. But the biggest difference between adopting a stepchild and any other adoption can often be the biggest hurdle to overcome: you need permission from the

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Divorcing An Absent Spouse

Divorcing An Absent Spouse

It can be hard enough to come to an agreement with your spouse that it’s time to end the marriage, but what if your spouse skipped town, and you have no idea where they might be? If you’re ready to move on with your life after that marriage, but can’t find your spouse, you can

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Need Help With Fees For Summer Camps And Activities?

It is that time of year – time to sign the kids up for the summer camps and activities to keep them busy while they are out of school. But if you are dealing with an ex-spouse, this can be difficult. Learn more from Barbara Sherer here. If you are the parent receiving child support, and

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