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Happy Holidays? Maybe and Maybe Not

I have a close friend whom I’ve known for many years. She is always busy, dressed to the nines. I’m most likely to see her pulling out of her driveway, on her way to another weekend getaway or special event with her handsome husband and a smile on her face. [...]

Thinking of Hiding Assets? Don’t!

In 1996, wife Denise Rossi purposefully hid lottery winnings in the amount of $1.3 million from her husband of 25 years. When her ex-husband realized what she had done, he filed a motion to set aside the divorce agreement. Denise was found guilty of fraud and her ex was awarded [...]

4 Ways to Minimize the Cost of Divorce

Whether mediating or litigating your divorce, costs can escalate quickly, especially if you are facing a complicated settlement. There are some simple ways, however, to help keep the cost of your divorce down. Here are 4 of them: Limit Email Communications Communicating with any divorce professional by email can substantially [...]

The Importance of Estate Planning During Divorce

At least once a year, I invite clients in to conduct portfolio and beneficiary reviews on all important documents. It’s a rare year where I don’t find at least one policy or investment where an ex-spouse is still named as the beneficiary of the policy proceeds. Since IRAs, retirement plans, [...]

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Recently, I was asked to analyze a complicated draft divorce judgment. From the worn appearance of the documents, question marks, revised numbers and multitude of angry, red, crossed-out words, it was clear that a lot of discussion had taken place. Usually, this level of discussion in a team mediation model translates [...]

How Will the Date of Separation Affect My Divorce Settlement?

Determining the date of separation during a divorce case can be one of the biggest areas of contention and confusion. During marriage, couples often revisit the same well-worn subject matter in arguments. “Oh that again?” They’re triggered back into long standing patterns of dysfunctional behavior or non-productive communication. After divorce, [...]

What Is a Lifestyle Analysis?

Divorce is a time of uncertainty in many areas. In most marriages, it is not unusual for one spouse to have a more “hands-on” role or a better understanding of the household finances. If you were responsible for other duties and less focused on finance, it is critical to ask [...]

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