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Family Law Blog

"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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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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Computer Hacking and Divorce

To a suspicious spouse, Facebook, e-mail, and Skype may seem like a perfect place to find evidence for your divorce case. It also may land you in jail. During a divorce, never tamper with your ...
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Basics of International Divorce-Key Takeaways

You and your spouse live in different countries and you want to get divorced. First of all, make sure you consult with an attorney who handles only family law cases. You need someone who specializes ...
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Custody and Special Needs Children-What to Make Sure Your Attorney Knows

Have a child with special needs? Getting divorced or going through a custody case? Statistically, if you have a special needs child you are more likely to get divorced. Don't be hard on yourself ...
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Adult Children and Divorce

So often we talk about how to tell your minor children about divorce but we fail to address the adult children of divorce. So often, couples who wait until their children are grown to split up ...
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Obtaining the Best Evidence for Trial

You are engaged in a contested custody case and want to help your lawyer prepare for trial. How can you help your family law lawyer? Gather these three basic types of evidence: False statements. Get ...
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Factors That Need to be Considered in a Gray Divorce

What is a Gray divorce? One after age 50 of course. What special considerations should those going through a Gray divorce consider? Here is our list of topics that must be addressed in a Gray divorce: ...
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When Can I Deny Visitation?

A common question that gets asked a lot is when can I deny visitation? What follows are both what I would consider bad excuses for denying visitation and good reasons for denying visitation. Bad ...
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Taxes and Divorce - Common Questions Answered

1. Tax filing status-Should I/Can I file married or separate? Your filing status is determined based on your marital status as of December 31. Hence, the end of the year rush to push as many divorces ...
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Overcoming the Loneliness That Accompanies Divorce

Many a divorce client has experienced loneliness. If you haven’t yet then you likely will. Hopefully you won’t delve into drugs, alcohol or unhealthy relationships as a way to cope with ...
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