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The Pros and Cons of Joint Custody

The term “joint custody” refers to a shared custody agreement between divorced parents of minor children. Joint physical custody is an arrangement in which parents both spend substantial time with their children (though not necessarily equal), while joint legal custody is when both parents share the power to make important decisions regarding their children’s upbringing. Read More

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Tips to Make the Divorce Process Easier On You

The experience of going through a divorce can be quite challenging, and will involve a great deal of emotional turbulence. However, there are plenty of people every year who get through their divorce and thrive afterward in their new life. Here are a few tips that will make the divorce process easier on you: Find Read More

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Choose the Right Tax Filing Status When Going Through Divorce

As you work through your divorce, don’t forget the potential impact your divorce will have on your taxes. At the very least, you’ll need to consider the tax filing status you will use while the divorce is still pending. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will continue to treat you and your spouse as married as Read More

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Be Careful With Money Leading Up to Your Divorce

A common mistake people make when preparing for a divorce is a failure to consider the state of their finances moving forward and what sort of budget they should realistically be working with while the case is pending. Before your divorce begins, it’s hard to predict with a great deal of certainty what your financial Read More

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Why You Need to Be Decisive in Your Divorce

One of the biggest mistakes people make when going through their divorce process is being indecisive with some of the key issues at stake in their divorce, or with the idea of being divorced altogether. This is not a decision you can drag out for too long. Take the necessary amount of time to weigh Read More

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Tips to Set Yourself Up for Success in a Custody Dispute

At the outset of any child custody case, it is important to take certain steps to get prepared and be more likely to find a successful outcome. Here’s a quick overview of some of the steps you can take to position yourself for success. Separate accounts: If you are sharing accounts, it’s best to cancel Read More

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What to Expect From Your First Meeting With Your Divorce Lawyer

After you’ve retained an attorney for your divorce, you’ll sign an agreement that outlines all of the responsibilities and expectations for each party. This retainer contract will include billing and costs, as well as information about who specifically will work on your case. In some cases paralegals and administrative staff might handle certain aspects, in Read More

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What to Look for in a Divorce Lawyer

As soon as you’ve decided in your mind that you’re going to move forward with a divorce you should begin the search for a divorce lawyer to guide you through your case. This can be an intimidating process if you’ve never retained a lawyer before, but so long as you know what to look for Read More

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What Happens if Your Ex is Withholding Child Visitation?

When parents get a divorce, they must follow court orders regarding divorce-related issues, including child custody and visitation. If you and your ex have a contentious relationship, there is a possibility they could attempt to deny you visitation that is your right as a parent. This may happen for a variety of reasons, including retaliation Read More

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What is the Difference Between Physical and Legal Child Custody?

Divorcing parents will typically share custody of their children, unless one parent is deemed unfit to serve in any sort of custodial role. That custody is split into two elements: legal and physical. The arrangement parents have for legal custody might not be exactly the same as physical custody, and vice versa. Here’s a quick Read More

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