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How Not to Fight with Your Spouse

Sounds crazy doesn't it? A divorce lawyer telling you not to fight with your spouse. Time and again clients come in and they need to negotiate an agreement with the one person that they can't ...
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How To Put Your Finances Back In Order After a Divorce

I don't know anyone that comes out of a divorce in better financial shape than when they went into it but there are steps you can take post-divorce to get your financial affairs back in order. ...
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Are you a good co-parent? Take this test and find out.

So you think you're a good co-parent. It's your spouse who has the problem. Take this test and see how you do. Do you have open conversations with the parent of your child? In order to really ...
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Dealing with Domestic Violence - What to Do if You are Thinking About leaving

Domestic Violence is a common problem that affects many women regardless of race, age, sexual orientation or financial status. It is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. It is something to take ...
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Top 10 Reasons for Getting Divorced

I thought it would be interesting to share the top ten reasons for divorce according to www.divorce.com and to share some thoughts on the same. See how many of these you can relate to: 1. Financial ...
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Woman Jailed for Failing to Vaccinate Son in Michigan Was the Right Decision

If you've been reading the news lately then you've already seen the article about a woman in Michigan who was jailed for seven days for failing to have her nine-year-old son vaccinated. This ...
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Breaking Up is Hard to Do....

…and same-sex couples who get married may have an especially tough time if they try to divorce. For all the discussion on same-sex marriage, you don't hear very much about what happens when ...
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Child Orders of Protection

A Child Order of Protection is similar to an Adult Order of Protection except that it is filed on behalf of the child, usually by a parent, to protect the child from physical, sexual or emotional ...
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Columbia Family Law Group, LLC Selected as a 2017 Law Firm 500 Honoree

We at Columbia Family Law Group, LLC are thrilled to announce we have been selected as honorees for the Law Firm 500 award! This incredible accomplished highlights our firm's unbelievable and ...
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What's The Big Deal with Dividing My Retirement Account?

Oftentimes the retirement account is the largest asset of the marriage to be divided. It is also an area where big mistakes are most often made with divorce lawyers and where clients simply just do ...
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"Bird Nest" Custody Arrangements

"Bird nest" custody received a lot of attention in 2009 when Jon and Kate Gosselin from the show Jon & Kate Plus 8 announced their bird nest custody schedule. A bird nest custody ...
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Signs That Your Spouse May Be Hiding Assets in Your Divorce

It is very common for spouses to hide assets from one another during a divorce. I am often asked how to know if your spouse is hiding assets from you. Of course, the truth is that one may never really ...
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The Emotions of Getting Divorced

Why is it so hard to get divorced? While we often talk about the business, financial, and legal aspects of getting divorced the emotions of getting divorced often get left out of the picture. Divorces ...
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Divorce Aphorisms

To brighten your day we thought it would be fun to share some Divorce Aphorisms with you instead of just focusing on the nuts and bolts of what we do every day. Many of these aphorisms come from ...
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Consider a Lump Sum in Lieu of Alimony

Maintenance or alimony is money ordered or agreed to be paid to a spouse who does not have sufficient income on her own in order to be self-supporting. Maintenance depends on both the ability to pay ...
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When Does the Child Get to Decide?

I am often asked at what age a child gets to decide where they want to live in a custody situation. It surprises many clients to learn that there is no definitive age when the child gets to ...
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The Difference Between Defined Contribution vs. Defined Benefit Retirement Plans

Sounds like a boring blog post right? Perhaps, but if you have a retirement account and are thinking about getting divorced this is important information you need to know. The most common example of a ...
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Co-Parenting Online

Communicating with a difficult co-parent is never easy. Kids can often sense the tension when you are forced to discuss even something as simple as report cards or soccer games in front of them. ...
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Financial Tips for Divorce After 50

Here are some tips for those divorcing after 50. While they are also important for younger people getting divorced these tips are critical for those that are over 50. Review estate planning documents. ...
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How Do I Get a Change in Custody?

Custody is always modifiable which means that it can always be changed after your divorce or initial custody order has been entered. However, what constitutes a change in the circumstances of the ...
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All About Cheating

Because cheating comes up so often as a reason for divorce it's interesting to talk about it. A new survey out by YourTango.com suggests that the number one reason people cheat is emotional ...
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Relocation - The Ins and Outs of Being Able To Move

It's that time of year. The time of year when all family law attorneys are flooded with relocation requests and parents wanting to move before school starts. Under Missouri law you must give at ...
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How Do I Tell My kids That I'm Getting Divorced?

How to tell the kids you're getting divorced is almost always on the forefront of a parent thinking about getting divorced. Often the answer is much simpler than you think it is. When in doubt ...
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The Case of the Hidden Assets-How Do You Find Them? Part 1

There are four ways people traditionally hide assets: The person denies the existence of the asset; Assets are transferred to a third party; The person claims the asset was lost or dissipated; or The ...
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7 Tips for Dating When You're Newly Divorced

So we post a lot about what happens during a divorce but I thought some tips for those entering the deep waters of dating again might be helpful. Having watched way too many relationships fall apart ...
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