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Is your soon-to-be ex-spouse hiding assets?

Divorce is consistently listed as being among the most difficult and stressful of any life event an individual may experience during his or her lifetime. This makes sense considering the significant life changes and mental and emotional difficulties that frequently accompany the divorce process. In some cases, this already tumultuous and trying time is compounded by a soon-to-be ex-spouse's attempts to hide assets.

Why couples who plan to wed should consider a prenuptial agreement

While many people utter the phrases, "for better or for worse" and "until death do us part" in their wedding vows, nearly half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce. Considering these odds, it wise to take steps to establish a prenuptial agreement prior to tying the knot.

Understanding the basics of spousal support - Part II

During a recent post, we began a discussion about spousal support. We briefly explained the functions of spousal support and we noted that there is no one “set” way in which spousal support is calculated. Just as every marriage is different, every divorce settlement is different as well.

Is your family law attorney taking advantage of you? - Part I

It is safe to say that the vast majority of attorneys do not intentionally take advantage of their clients. Certainly, as in any profession, there are a few “bad apples” in the bunch who intentionally take advantage of their clients for monetary gain or some other advantage. But far more often than not, if an attorney is taking advantage of his or her client, that attorney is doing so unintentionally.

Learning from divorce predictors

Divorce predictors can be useful tools for individuals who are not yet married and for individuals who have already been divorced. Divorce predictors can help members of each of these groups analyze their choices and evaluate their relationships in order to help avoid divorce in the future. Married couples may even be able to learn from divorce predictors in the sense that they can commit to paying special attention to areas of their relationships which may ultimately place them at a higher risk of divorce.

How couples entering subsequent marriages can protect their interests

While most everyone thinks that their marriage will last forever, statistics suggest otherwise. Indeed, the American Psychological Association, along with a host of other organizations, has determined the divorce rate here in the U.S. consistently hovers around 40 to 50 percent.

Refocusing your divorce process - Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about how important it is to regularly check in with yourself throughout your divorce process and in the months following its finalization. Taking time to refocus your approach to your divorce and its aftermath can help you to ensure that you receive a fair settlement and that you are building a healthy future for yourself. Failure to refocus yourself from time to time can lead to a host of negative consequences.

Protecting yourself while divorcing a narcissist

Google defines “narcissism” from a psychological perspective as, “Extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.” Narcissism is indeed a clinical diagnosis. While some individuals may exhibit narcissistic tendencies, true narcissists can unintentionally drive their loved ones a little bananas. If you are married to a narcissist (or someone you suspect of being a narcissist), it is important that you protect yourself in certain ways while pursuing a divorce.

Why it is critical to respond to divorce papers promptly

“You have been served.” These four words can be scary, infuriating and even heartbreaking. Whether or not you expected your spouse to file for divorce, receiving your divorce papers can be a highly emotional event. Once you receive your divorce papers, you may want to burn them, bury them or simply ignore them. However, it is vital that you respond to them promptly, as a failure to do so could lead to truly negative consequences.

Thinking about downsizing in the wake of your divorce?

Downsizing is generally treated as a negative word in American popular culture. It is associated with job loss, property loss and general loss of wealth. However, in the context of divorce, downsizing can be a positive experience. Many individuals find that they cannot maintain their married lifestyle in the wake of divorce. Others find that they simply want to pursue a different lifestyle. In either case, downsizing can be a liberating experience.

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