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  • The New Role of Student Loans in Divorce

    We are living in an unprecedented era of student loan debt: For the first time in history, the amount of total educational loans in the United States has risen to $1.5 trillion. With all that financial pressure, it’s little wonder that young married couples are feeling the stress, especially because finances are already the number one reason for divorce in America. New studies have found that more ...
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  • Helping Your Child Transition Back to School After a Divorce

    f you and your spouse finalized your divorce over the summer, this is likely not only a difficult time for you as you begin to cope with the ensuing changes, it is also difficult for your children, especially as they embark on a new school year. Through effective co-parenting, you and your ex-spouse can help them transition back to school even in the aftermath of this event. They might be afraid ...
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  • My Spouse Is Abusive, How Can I Safely File for Divorce?

    If your spouse is abusing you either physically or verbally, you need to take steps to leave them. However, we understand that it can be frightening to think about what an abusive spouse will do to you if they find out you plan to leave them, which is why want to take the time to explain how to safely file for divorce from an abusive spouse. Being in an abusive relationship is dangerous and can ...
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  • Getting Your Visitation Schedule Ready for Summer Vacation

    Now that summer is here, many families go on vacations or travel long distances together. For divorced parents, making plans for summer sometimes means their child custody agreement or visitation schedule will need to be modified to accommodate their children’s needs during the summer. If you don’t want to spend your summer disputing the terms of your custody agreement with your ex-spouse, you ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid in a Grey Divorce

    Although divorce rates in the U.S. are somewhat declining, divorce rates among people over the age of 50 continue to rise. Just 20 years ago, one in 10 spouses who divorced was over the age of 50. Today, 1 in 4 divorced spouses is 50 or older. Divorces that take place when people are older are called “grey divorces.” For some, getting divorced at this age means they must consider financial ...
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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Life Happier After Divorce

    No matter who chose to end the marriage, divorce always hurts and is one of the most difficult experiences to overcome. For some people, the loss of love and shattered dreams of a shared future are too much to handle. If you feel that you are sinking deeper and deeper into sadness now that your divorce is over, you should take the following tips into consideration. Below, we explain how you can ...
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  • Can I Adopt my Stepchild?

    As a stepparent, you play a very important role in your stepchild’s life. However, your rights may not extend as far as you’d like, in which case you may consider adopting your spouse’s child to legally be your own. Many stepparents are more present in a child’s life than the child’s biological parents, in which it is for the child’s best interests to be legally under the care of an adult who ...
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  • Can I Appeal a Child Support Order?

    In short, yes. Child support orders can be modified, though their current terms remain legally binding until changes are finalized. Even if you and your former spouse or co-parent agree on potential changes, your child support agreement still officially requires you to meet the time constraints and payment amounts outlined therein. This is critical to remember, as failure to meet the terms of your ...
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  • How to Prepare Yourself for Divorce

    When your marriage begins to fall apart and divorce is likely on the horizon, it is important to prepare yourself for the many challenges you will have to face. While these challenges can be overwhelming, proper planning early on can help you make smart financial and legal choices for both you and your family. In this blog, we explain several things that you can do to better prepare yourself for ...
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  • What Reasons Can a Prenup Be Voided by the Court?

    A prenuptial agreement is a marital document you make prior to getting married. This legal document details who gets what assets and why in case of divorce. In today’s culture, having a prenup in place has become a somewhat standard practice for many engaged couples. Married couples from all walks of life are seeing the benefits of creating a prenuptial agreement. Because you can save time, money, ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Gray Divorce

    More and more people are deciding to take the next step and start over at a later stage in their life by ending their current marriage. This is known as gray divorce, which consists of people generally over the age of 50. While divorce is complex and difficult at any stage of your life, there are unique challenges in getting a divorce after decades of marriage, or even after a certain age. While ...
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  • Common Mistakes People Make During Their Child Custody Battle

    When you are going through a difficult child custody battle, it can be easy to let yourself get caught up watching to see if your ex-spouse makes any mistakes. But what about you? Many people are unaware of the mistakes they make during their child custody battle because they are too busy waiting to see if their ex slips-up. Since the court is paying close attention to both of you, it is important ...
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  • Protecting Your Personal Property in a Divorce

    For spouses going through a divorce, the division of property can be one of the most contentious issues endured throughout the process. It is not just about the material items or the money, but the fact that you likely worked for quite some time to earn what you now have and, rightfully, want to ensure you do not end up parting with something that is your personal property. First, it is important ...
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  • Should I Sell the House Before or After My Divorce?

    You’re facing a divorce and you’ve got a lot on your mind. While you’re thinking about child custody and spousal support, there are other important questions you should also ask yourself: Who’s going to get the house? Should you sell it instead? Would you make more money selling it after the divorce is over? Or before? These are all good questions and we’ll take a closer look at them in the blog ...
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  • Third-Party Custody and Visitation Rights: Navigating the Minefield of Legal Standards

    I have experienced an increasing number of clients involved in third-party custody and visitation disputes pitting parents against non-parents. These third party “non-parents” are often grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, distant family members, friends, or other people who meet the definition of “a person with a legitimate interest.” Whether my client is the non-parent attempting to gain ...
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