Spouse Refuses to Share Retirement Plan Information

Depending on how long you have been married and when your spouse earned his or her retirement, you may be entitled to a share in your divorce. An individual may even have more than one retirement plan – (due to employment with the government/armed services, or multiple positions during working career).…

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Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations Doesn’t Work

If you owe child support and you are unable to pay it, you may believe that everything is fine as long as you don’t hear otherwise. You may feel that if you don’t “rock the boat”, you’ll catch up later “when things are better”. Times are difficult financially.  But when…

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Getting Away from an Abusive Situation

Getting out of an abusive situation can be extremely difficult for a lot of reasons. The most common reasons that someone may stay in an abusive/violent relationship include 1) fear for children or family members 2) fear of retaliation (physical or other, such as embarrassment, interfering on job site) 3)…

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Problems with Splitting Retirement Accounts After Divorce?

We have gotten questions about retirement fund issues after divorce from some of our blog readers. Retirement fund issues can be difficult.   The final divorce decree will state how the property and debts are to be divided.   However, when it comes to retirement accounts, additional paperwork must be done in…

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Can you Really “Prepare” for a Divorce?

Can you really ever prepare for a divorce?  Although people handle divorce differently, you can do some advance preparation from a legal point of view.   It is harder to prepare emotionally, even if you are the one who desires the divorce, and even you know that it is the only option. Counseling…

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Dealing With Financial Issues Long After the Divorce is Final?

Although a final divorce decree is supposed to “split” the property once and for all that is not always the case. There are a variety of reasons why a couple may find themselves dealing with property issues months or years after the final decree has been signed.  Here are some…

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Pitfalls to Avoid When Splitting Assets in a Divorce

It is easy to focus on just one piece of the puzzle, such as who will get the house or who will have to pay a particular bill.  Don’t do this.  It is important to look at the entire picture.  It may be better to let your spouse have the house if you…

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Filing Suit Against Someone Whose Whereabouts Are Unknown

When a divorce or other lawsuit is filed, there is a process of citation issued for the party who is being sued. Usually, this legal citation is personally served on the person who is the respondent in the lawsuit.  (If the respondent is a company, the citation will be served on…

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Do YOU Need a Premarital Agreement?

 Premarital agreements are also called Prenuptial Agreements, or “Prenups”.   Most couples who decide on a premarital agreement do so for one or more of the following reasons; a) there is a disparity in their assets; b) there is a disparity in the amount of debts owed; c) they want to preserve…

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The 60 Waiting Period for Divorce in Texas (yes, that includes uncontested divorce)

Under Texas law, a divorce has to be on file for at least sixty days before it can be signed by a judge.  Even though a decree can be signed on the 61st day, that doesn’t mean that it will be signed on the 61st day, although it is a…

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