Tag Archives: dissolution of marriage

It takes more than agreement for a custody order

While some courts will still issue an agreed custody order without these specific findings, it is not the best practice. Even if the divorce or custody action is being submitted on the record and all parties are in agreement, it is best to submit …. Continue reading

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Keeping the House

One of the most common desires divorcing couples who have children express is for one of them to keep the marital residence. Understandably, there is a strong emotional attachment to a home, especially one that is owned. The desire to keep that home is…. Continue reading

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Holidays are rough for families in conflict

Yes, I practice family law. And yes, I handle divorce actions as part of that practice. And, I am most successful in that when I help my client reconcile. Sometimes this reconciliation means the divorce never happens and they re-invest in their marriage. Sometimes, though, reconciliation… Continue reading

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Avoid timeshare conflict being your childrens’ Christmas gift

The season celebrating God the Father giving up His most precious gift: His only Son born of Him, becomes the season of giving grief. This is because we all (not just divorced parents) turn the season into one of being entitled. An expectancy of receiving takes hold. As parents, we slip into holding the holiday itself as… Continue reading

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Hiding assets in a divorce – just not worth it

Sometimes people are tempted to leave assets off of these disclosures. This just seems silly to me. The other party nearly always discovers the omission. If assets are hidden, then that provides grounds for any settlement or judgment entered to be set aside and tends to piss off the judge…. Continue reading

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Quick, claim the quitclaim

I took a call from a lady who has called several times over the past two years for help on various things. Today she was asking about a quitclaim deed. Some call this mistakenly a “quick claim” deed because they think it is quick. Actually, it is a “quitclaim” or “quit-claim” deed because the grantor is quitting their claim to the property. They are merely… Continue reading

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Hidden Issues in Child Support 1

An opposing attorney may tell you, if you are not represented by a lawyer in a divorce action, that child support is very cut and dried and the amount they are proposing is determined by statute. This is a partially true statement. It is determined by statute and in the realm of things, it is indeed cut and dried in comparison to other legal matters. However, … Continue reading

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Things to be aware of when facing divorce and debt

Bankruptcy of an ex-spouse after the entry of a divorce decree (the dissolution of a marriage) can have substantial implications of obligations owed by that ex-spouse to you. I’ve written a post regarding domestic support obligations in Chapter 7 as compared to Chapter 13 bankruptcy and I encourage you … Continue reading

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Oh, no! The status quo

When one spouse decides to pursue a divorce, the non-filing spouse often feels an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. Their world turns upside down and the decision frequently surprises them. In these moments, desperation sets in and the non-filing spouse makes concessions to the filing spouse to try and win them back. The danger this creates is… Continue reading

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Affording a Dissolution of Marriage

I am afraid to say that using an attorney in a dissolution of marriage action is never going to be “cheap”. But there are some things to be aware of…. Continue reading

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