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Do You Have an Advantage by Filing for Divorce First?

Filing for divorce is a big step. If you’re considering it, you probably have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the process, ranging from specific assets to a desired custody schedule. Does that mean that you need to file first to preserve an advantage? Many people believe that the person who Read More

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Do You Need a Prenup?

Congratulations, you’ve decided to get married! Do you need a prenup? Many clients wonder if they need a prenuptial agreement to protect themselves before they get married. As always, the answer is that it depends on your individual circumstances. When should you get a prenup? Here are some situations where a prenuptial agreement just makes Read More

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Social Media Usage During Divorce

Social media is a major part of everyday American life. Most people belong to at least one social media network, whether they use it to keep up with the news, family and friends, pop culture or other purposes. When you’re going through divorce, however, social media can create complications. Here’s what you should know about Read More

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How the Discovery Process Works During Divorce

When you are involved in a divorce proceeding, you’ll go through a process called discovery. Discovery happens in most legal cases. It’s a form of evidence-gathering, so that both parties are working with the same information. In a divorce proceeding, discovery is used to get a clear picture of a couple’s financial situation, including details Read More

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Understanding Spousal Support

Spousal support can be a contentious topic between divorcing spouses. Most people want to know whether they’ll have to pay or receive spousal support, and what might affect that determination. Spousal support is designed to ensure the lower-earning spouse’s standard of living doesn’t decline too much—at least until they’re able to support themselves. Here’s what Read More

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Navigating the Holidays During a Divorce

Ending a marriage is difficult—but that first major holiday after your divorce can often feel insurmountable. Your “new normal” can feel stressful and lonely, especially if you miss the traditions you once shared. Navigating custody issues adds another layer of difficulty. Many clients report feeling particularly depressed during this time. Here are some tips to help Read More

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Consider These Factors When Choosing the Home for Primary Custody

After your divorce (and perhaps even during), you and your spouse will live in separate households. If you have minor children, one of you may be awarded primary physical custody of the children, meaning they will spend a majority of their time with that person. If you get custody of the children, you will need Read More

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Tips for Navigating a Divorce With False Abuse Allegations

Have you been targeted with false abuse allegations during your divorce process? These allegations may be used by one spouse to attempt to get their way with child custody or alimony issues. Here are some of the steps you should take if such false allegations become an issue in your divorce. Focus on your child: Read More

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Social Media’s Influence on Divorces

Social media has become an inextricable part of our lives, especially as smartphones have grown in their ubiquity. As much as it has helped people improve their connections to friends and family from afar (especially during the time of COVID), it also has had an undeniable influence on mental health issues. Studies also show the Read More

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Take Divorce Advice from Friends and Family With a Grain of Salt

As you begin the divorce process, one thing you will notice is that you will get a lot of unsolicited advice from friends and family about your own divorce. This advice typically comes from a very well-meaning place. People who care about you think they can help you and want to share their own experiences. Read More

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