Telling the Children About the Divorce

on Feb 18, 2018 in Divorce

In a recent study, researchers discovered that over 75% of divorcing parents spend 10 minutes or less telling the children about the divorce and the changes that will result in their family. There is no single right way to tell your children about the divorce. However, it is a good idea to spend some time thinking about how you are going to present the information to your children.  You and your spouse know your children best.  Take some time to consider their age and information processing skills.  It doesn’t hurt to practice out loud how you are going to tell your children about the divorce. Below please find a series of several suggestions that may assist in the discussions...

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Gray Divorce: Separating a Lifetime of Property

on Feb 15, 2018 in Divorce

What is Gray Divorce? Gray divorce is the term for the trend of an increase in divorce rate for older couples in long lasting marriages.  According to the Pew Research Center, the divorce rate for couples over 50 has nearly doubled since the 1990s.  For aging couples, considering entering the next phase of life with someone you dislike can be awful. The study cites many explanations for this trend.  People in this country live longer than before.  They want happiness throughout their entire lives.  Sometimes, marriages exist to raise children and once the children are gone, the marriage feels empty.  Couples see that they have decades ahead and want to be happy.   The stigma surrounding divorce has continued...

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Child Custody and Spring Break

on Feb 10, 2018 in Child Custody, Divorce

With winter in full swing, it seems strange to discuss child custody and spring break.  However, believe it or not, spring is right around the corner.  So is spring break, and it is not too soon to start planning your child custody schedule.  Early planning avoids last minute surprises, disagreement, and disappointment. Child Custody and Spring Break: Planning During Custody Negotiation The best time to make agreements for spring break is during negotiation in the divorce.  Unlike most holidays, however, different schools have different spring break schedules.    As a result, spring break allows for flexibility when determining custody arrangements. Spring break allows at least four different solutions to custody and visitation issues, including: Spit spring break in half.  One...

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Issues to Expect in High Asset Divorce

on Feb 6, 2018 in Divorce

Divorce is emotional and difficult.  High asset divorces present unique challenges and added complexity.  Every divorce is unique, however, similar issues often arise in high high asset divorces. Often, high asset divorces involve real estate investments including multiple homes and vacation properties, stocks, bonds, trusts, pensions, other retirement accounts, businesses, vehicles, and other financial accounts.  Assets acquired during the marriage, except for some inheritances and gifts, are marital assets.  In a divorce, these assets are divided fairly and equitably – a complicated process.   When considering a divorce, a party with considerable assets must first hire an experienced, qualified family law attorney.  While having considerable assets is a positive, it also means the parties have significant assets at stake...

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Thinking of Selling the House After a Divorce? Things to Consider

on Feb 1, 2018 in Divorce

Going through a divorce is often a difficult time emotionally, and selling the house, is, at a minimum, a discussion point.  Many people report nothing feels stable during a divorce.  Especially when divorce is an unexpected event, it leaves people looking for stability.  Often, this takes the form of the family home.  But is keeping the house really the best decision?  Below are several things to consider when deciding whether selling the house is best for you. Selling the House: Why Do You Want to Keep the House? As stated above, home represents stability at a time where everything else feels up in the air.  Also, your home has history for you and your family.  Perhaps your children grew...

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