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February 2019 Archives

Clues that a spouse may be hiding money

It is commonplace for one spouse to handle the family's finances, but with tax season upon us it does not hurt for the other spouse to pay attention. Understanding a family's financial plan is good for a healthy marriage and necessary when one files for divorce or plans to do so.

Jurisdiction over military members: You may have a choice between states.

I have, over the years, represented many, many military servicemen and women. Because service members tend to relocate frequently, issues of jurisdiction over the military member often arise.

Measures dads can take to improve chances of custody

Judges will typically award joint custody these days, especially when they believe the arrangement is in the best interests of the children. However, many fathers feel that the court is favoring the parental rights of the mom. For example, even when there is joint custody, the parenting arrangement may place the children with mom a disproportionately large amount of the time. This can make fathers feel like they are still fighting an uphill battle.

Divorce and bankruptcy are often twin challenges

One of the most common reasons for divorce is financial issues, so oftentimes a couple filing for divorce will also need to file bankruptcy. Whether it happens before, during or after the divorce, a bankruptcy filing will likely complicate the divorce action, regardless of whether the bankruptcy is filed jointly or individually.

Standing up for a loved one dealing with elder abuse at home

Too many people mistakenly assume that because their loved one stays with family or a spouse that they won't face elder abuse as they age. While people in nursing homes do have to deal with difficult scenarios, the same is true of some people who live at home with loved ones.

Divorce and the digital footprint

Social media is now part of the fabric of how we engage and interact with others. Regardless of how one feels about its many pluses and minuses, that information is playing an ever increasing role in filing for divorce. Now posts of dinners out with the family, sporting triumphs, vacations, and other important activities are documented on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms.

Prenuptial agreements can make sense for students

It is common knowledge that couples usually wait longer these days before getting married. Some will even be in a long-term committed relationship but have no interest in marriage. However, love is unpredictable and others find themselves making marriage plans while in undergraduate or graduate school. If this is the case, it can make sense to consider a prenuptial agreement even when the couple are still in school and do not have full-time employment.

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