When social media is part of your daily life, it is easy to forget that even a "simple" post can be a problem during a divorce. Even well-thought-out posts can be shared without permission or misinterpreted. During a divorce, you can accidentally be your own worst enemy. And, once a divorce is filed, you will likely be under court orders not to delete or destroy any documents or … [Read more...] about Social Media and Your Divorce
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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). Some people know little to nothing about their spouse's retirement plan and may not even know … [Read more...] about Spouse Refuses to Share Retirement Plan Information
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 it comes to owing child support, it is a mistake to subscribe to the "no news is good news" theory. People who are … [Read more...] about Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations Doesn’t Work
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) financial reasons 4) concern for the person who is being left. Abuse and violence are … [Read more...] about Getting Away from an Abusive Situation
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 order to actually divide the accounts. This paperwork is in the form of another … [Read more...] about Problems with Splitting Retirement Accounts After 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 can help prepare you for the emotional ups and downs that follow. Legally, there are some things … [Read more...] about Can you Really “Prepare” for a Divorce?
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 of the most common: Retirement assets (401K, private and governmental retirement benefits and … [Read more...] about Dealing With Financial Issues Long After the Divorce is Final?
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 really will not be able to afford to stay there. Even if you want to keep the house for the sake of your children, you don’t want them to feel the … [Read more...] about Pitfalls to Avoid When Splitting Assets in a Divorce