Monthly Archives: June 2013

Dividing Personality: Don’t Fight About the Third Set of Dishes

Negotiations between divorcing spouses sometimes break down over big, important issues, such as child custody and visitation, but they also get nasty over silly, little disputes – such as who gets the Bob Dylan album that the couple acquired during … Continue reading

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MSA: The Terms and Conditions of Divorce

A marital separation agreement (MSA) spells out the terms and conditions of a divorce settlement, including the division of the marital estate (the assets and liabilities of the marriage), the terms and conditions of alimony, and child support and visitation. … Continue reading

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Key Points About Retirement Benefits

The marital home and pensions are two of the most valuable assets a divorcing couple divides. Sometimes a spouse’s pension can be worth more than the value of the marital home. Pensions have what is known as present value, or … Continue reading

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Equitable Distribution vs. Community Property

When there is a large marital estate, the place of filing can make a difference in how assets are divided. Generally speaking, a well-to-do spouse with a high income does better when the estate is divided by equitable distribution, as … Continue reading

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Appealing a Divorce Can Be Difficult

The law and the family court system in the United States favors the finality of decisions, but a party who disagrees with the court’s decision in a divorce action has the right to appeal the case. That said, in divorce … Continue reading

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Divorce and Alcoholism: A Marriage Wrecker

Alcoholics marry as frequently as non-alcoholics, but they divorce or separate at a rate at least four times as frequent as the general population. At some point in their lives, more than 13 percent of adults in the United States … Continue reading

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Denying Visiting Rights: Not Easily Done

Sometimes the custodial parent may wish to deny the other parent visitation rights. This happens, for example, when the noncustodial parent may have a problem with alcohol or drugs. The custodial parent must seek the permission of the court to … Continue reading

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Dating After Divorce: a Tough Climb

Getting back into the dating scene after years of being married fills most divorced people with dread, and none more than parents who face the unenviable task of telling their children there is someone new in their lives. On the … Continue reading

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Collaborative Divorce – Coming Together to Come Apart

Collaborative divorce is a recent application of alternative dispute resolution. When it works, alternative dispute resolution not only saves both spouses a great deal of money, but also spares them a great deal of emotional wear and tear. Collaborative divorce … Continue reading

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Divorce and Social Security – Don’t Forget It

For many divorced people Social Security becomes very important. About half the people who marry in the United States divorce, and Social Security is the primary income for 72% of unmarried retirees. Many unmarried retirees become single because they are divorced. … Continue reading

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