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Common mistakes in high asset divorces, Part 1

People often try to handle divorces on their own. The idea is that courts and lawyers only make a divorce more complicated and expensive. But there are also serious risks if you decide to file for divorce on your own. There are serious legal and financial consequences if you are unfamiliar with the process. This post will go over the more common mistakes.

Investment moves to make before marriage

When you marry someone, you are tying your financial futures together. It is therefore critical that you fully understand your and your partner's financial situations prior to marriage. The "money" talk is uncomfortable and stressful but it is necessary. Discuss with your partner his or her attitudes on money. What are her goals? What are his dreams? How do they plan to achieve those objectives and how do you fit into the plan? What about your plans?

The compensation you may receive for misattributed paternity

Paternity is a legal term that imposes reciprocal obligations on fathers and their children. It obligates the father to care for his children and allows the father to receive inheritances from his children. Misattributed paternity occurs when the father unknowingly provides care and support to a child to whom he is not biologically related. Under this situation, the father may file a claim for compensation.

An Overview of the Various Methods to Divorce, Part 1

Every divorce is unique. Every couple collects a variety of assets, a unique retirement account make-up, their children are different, and their memories are different. Each of these factors contribute to making each divorce different as couples confront their different issues. To help you along, there are four general "types" of divorce: do-it-yourself, mediated, collaborative, and litigated divorce. There are pros and cons to each of these methods. This post will address do-it-yourself ("DIY") and litigated divorce.

Why do parents fail to pay child support?

Federal and state governments devote millions of dollars a year to find and force parents to pay child support. Surprisingly very little research has explored why parents fail to make their child support payments. Is it because the parents lack the money? Is this a form of retaliation? Do fathers refuse to accept responsibility for their children? This post will summarize these findings.

Do you include alimony payments in your income for tax purposes?

Spousal support is one spouse making payments to the other spouse to make up for a disparity between the two. They are made to ensure that the supported spouse can maintain the same standard of living that he or she enjoyed during the marriage. If there is a disparity in income, spousal support may be ordered as part of the divorce settlement.

Does a domestic violence charge impact your custody agreement?

All states require the court to determine child custody arrangements in light of what is in the best interest of the child. The courts are required to consider every argument and piece of evidence that impacts their decision regarding what is best for the child. The presence of a domestic violence charge is undoubtedly considered supremely important regarding what is in the best interests of the child. The question isn't whether the court examines the charge but how. This post will go over these allegations and how they can impact your child custody arrangement.

Some advice for women who divorce later in life

Divorce is always a traumatic experience, at any age. But for older couples, the so-called "gray divorce," the effect is magnified. Often women in long-term marriages may have left the workforce, so it is harder for them to support themselves. Although this post will address "women" who divorce later in life, these tips apply to any person who is supported by their spouse.

What happens to an inheritance during property division?

When you're going through a divorce, the thought of dividing your hard-earned assets and property might have you wringing your hands with worry. Will you be able to keep the house? How much of your savings will be split? Who gets to keep the car? Is my inheritance protected from the process of property division? We've answered some of these questions in past articles and will answer more in the future, but for now let's look at inheritances.

Let's say your wealthy Uncle Jimbo left you an inheritance from the revolutionary fish cleaning device he invented. He sent it to you, his favorite nephew and what you do with it can make all the difference.

Comic actors Will Arnett and Amy Poehler divorce

Actor Will Arnett, who played Gob Bluth in Arrested Development, and Amy Poehler, of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation fame, have finalized their divorce. Though the couple separated nearly four years ago, they had not completely finished the process of divorcing until recently.

The couple was married for nine years and had two sons together. They have decided to share custody of the two boys, who are seven and five. In the agreement, neither side will get spousal support. Poehler got candid about the divorce process in her memoir, saying, "Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands."

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