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March 2014 Archives

Why 'success' during divorce is not a competitive sport

Each marriage is distinct and is unique in its own ways. As a result, it should not come as a surprise that each divorce is also distinct and unique in its own ways as well. We frequently write about the fact that amicable divorces approached in a calm, professional manner tend to be the least stressful option for everyone involved. However, this kind of divorce is not for everyone.

During custody disputes, avoid having romantic guests over

You and your child’s other parent may have decided to separate for any number of reasons. One reason may have been that you felt much more connected to another romantic partner. Or perhaps that was not a factor in your separation or divorce, but you have since become interested in another person romantically. Your love life is unquestionably personal and should be respected as such. However, a family law judge may find your romantic activities relevant to your child custody dispute, so it is important to be careful.

How co-parents can prepare for college tuition costs

Parents are not ordinarily obligated to pay for their children’s college educations. Once children turn 18-years-old, they become legal adults and thus are often expected to fend for themselves financially. However, sometimes college tuition is treated like other child custody and support matters in the sense that the court either expects parents to negotiate a settlement related to this expense or the court simply orders one or both parents to pay a share of this cost.

Understanding the practical impacts of your divorce settlement

Once you and your spouse have filed for divorce, you will either need to negotiate or litigate your final divorce settlement. Among the most potentially contentious issues you will likely have to navigate is your approach to property division. In most cases, you will end up with division of marital property that is fairly equitable, due to the fact that all states have laws which aim to ensure that spouses are treated fairly in matters of marital property, asset and debt division.

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