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TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT DIVORCE

Many parents are apprehensive about telling their children that they are getting a divorce for fear that they will somehow “do it wrong.” Family therapists suggest that following a few simple guidelines will help children absorb the news about their parents’ split more easily. Experts agree that it is best to tell children about impending divorce as […]

DIVIDING SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS AFTER DIVORCE

What Happens When Dividing Your Spouse’s Social Security Retirement Benefits After a Divorce? If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record (even if he or she has remarried) if: 1. You are unmarried; 2. You are age 62 or older; 3. Your ex-spouse is […]

THINKING OF REPRESENTING YOURSELF? YOU MAY WANT TO THINK AGAIN!

The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer Even Lindsay Lohan had a great lawyer and did jail time. Imagine if you did not know what facts the judge wanted to hear and made him or her angry because you decided to dictate what you thought they should know. Or, rather, what if you went to trial and the judge […]

MEL GIBSON DIVORCE AND CUSTODY BATTLE

child custodyMEL GIBSON CUSTODY CASE: BECOMING TYPICAL? In many custody battles, one or both parents use each and every flaw or mistake of the other in order to gain the upper hand – many times exaggerating the facts or even lying. The Mel Gibson custody case is a prime example of this phenomenon. Mel Gibson […]

SOCIAL NETWORKING’S IMPACT ON DIVORCE

Most people are familiar with the famous opening line of the Miranda warning that police read during an arrest: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you…” While no such warning is given to spouses approaching divorce, if a warning was given, it would probably state: […]

DO I HAVE AN INTEREST IN MY SPOUSE’S SEPARATE PROPERTY IN DIVORCE?

As a general rule, in an Arizona divorce or legal separation, the parties are awarded an equitable distribution of the community property and each party is awarded their respective separate property. Property acquired during marriage is presumed to be community property. Separate property is typically defined as property obtained prior to marriage or obtained during marriage via […]

PRELIMINARY PARENTING AGREEMENTS CAN TAKE THE ACRIMONY OUT OF DIVORCE

Love, marriage and a baby carriage can be a beautiful picture, but when there’s a breakup, matrimony can quickly turn to acrimony – particularly when a former couple is fighting over the custody of a child. No divorce is easy, especially when a child is involved, but parents can effectively work together to make the […]

A PRIMER ON THE CHILD TAX CREDIT

Regardless of what time of year couples get divorced, it is important to consider the tax consequences of child custody and visitation arrangement options. Failing to do so could potentially result in parents losing hundreds or thousands of dollars in tax credits and refunds. What Sorts of Tax Credits Can Be Affected? There are two […]

GETTING THROUGH THE “TRANSFER TRAUMA”

After the dust settles on a divorce, there are two households to run and parenting time to arrange. While it is common for one parent to have sole custody and do the lion’s share of child-rearing, every fit parent deserves to have a relationship with his or her child. Unfortunately, after a divorce it can […]

FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA AND PITFALLS DURING DIVORCE

Have you forgotten to de-friend your wife or your mutual friends on Facebook or My Space while posting vacation shots of your mistress? Have you posted videos of your child with you at a picnic while your are drinking? The divorce lawyer will be thrilled. Over-sharing on a social network can lead to the discovery […]

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