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2012

Blog Posts in 2012

  • Divorce or Legal Separation?

    || 31-Dec-2012

    Let's be honest, problems are natural for married couples. Putting two human beings together creates conflict, because no matter how much we love each other we will have differences of opinions, different habits, etc. What makes the difference in the marriage relationship is how as couples we chose to work through these problems, and if we are able to at all. After some time, perhaps the ...
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  • Uncontested Divorces and Children

    || 25-Dec-2012

    There are two forms of divorce that people can be categorized under, contested or uncontested. Contested is considered to be the more difficult divorce that is more likely to end in a court hearing in order to fight for property, custody and the like. This category means that the divorcing couples are unable to come to an agreement about their divorce, and ultimately are unwilling to settle. An ...
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  • Can you Cancel a Legal Separation?

    || 22-Oct-2012

    A legal separation is a court order that is sometimes likened to a divorce One of the main differences between a divorce and a legal separation is the permanency of the arrangement. While a divorce is final, a separation is reversible. Couples that are separated are still considered Mr. and Mrs. and must get their marriage dissolved before they can declare that they are legally single. Sometimes ...
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  • Was Your Annulment Denied? How to Appeal!

    || 19-Oct-2012

    If you have recently applied for a marriage annulment, but were not granted your request, then you will want to appeal the denial in court. A civil annulment is given out in a court of law, while a religious annulment takes place through a couple’s church or religious organization. Chances are that if your annulment was denied, it was through a civil court. Annulments are not the same as ...
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  • Common Fears About Divorce

    || 18-Oct-2012

    Divorce is often a “great unknown” concept that can intimidate and scare the men and women who are getting ready to file. Sometimes a divorce is what needs to happen, but you may not want to think about the possible repercussions of the split. In a recent Twitter poll, The Huffington Post asked people what their greatest fears concerning divorce are and compiled all the answers into an ...
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  • Men in Domestic Violence Cases

    || 17-Oct-2012

    If you have been the victim of domestic violence as a male, you may be embarrassed to admit that you have had to endure it. Men want to appear masculine and tough, and often don’t want to confess that they have been harmed physically, verbally, or psychologically in a marriage. In fact, most men will never admit to any sort of domestic abuse, even if they have been harmed in some way by an ...
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  • Internet Evidence and your Divorce

    || 15-Oct-2012

    If you are involved with online social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or another popular website, then you know that these pages are open for the world to see. As a result, they are also free material for an opposing party in a lawsuit or a divorce. If you post Facebook statuses about drinking and driving, doing drugs, or partying with friends, then your spouse may use this as evidence ...
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  • Student Loans: Are the Debts Divided at Divorce?

    || 12-Oct-2012

    When you choose to split from a spouse, you have to deal with property division. This is when the court will go through all of your shared assets and divide them in a way that is most fair. In most states, this equitable distribution also involves dividing debts. When your spouse has racked up a hefty credit card debt, or something else in a shared account, then chances are that you will have to ...
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  • Is Premarital Counseling a Good Idea?

    || 10-Oct-2012

    If you are about to get married, then you may want to think about heading into therapy sessions before you rush to the altar. Most engaged couples are so star-crossed in love that they can’t imagine why they would have to attend counseling. Yet heading to a psychologist or therapist while things are amicable will help you to address issues before they become points of tension later on in ...
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  • What can you put in a Prenup?

    || 27-Sep-2012

    If you are trying to draft a prenuptial agreement, the fact is that anything goes. According to the New York Post, some spouses put the most outrageous restrictions in their prenuptial agreement. As long as both spouses sign and agree on the document, then those proposals will be upheld in the court. One New York celebrity-divorce lawyer says that she has seen just about anything while drafting a ...
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  • Divorce Coach Versus Attorney: What's the Difference?

    || 26-Sep-2012

    To answer the title question, there isn’t much of a difference at all. Many family law attorneys in New York have chosen to call themselves divorce coaches in order to get new business. Many clients are intrigued by the term “divorce coach” and don’t realize that they are essentially getting legal representation for their case without calling their partner an attorney. ...
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  • Separate Property in Marriage and Divorce

    || 25-Sep-2012

    According to US Politics, more and more spouses are starting to fear that marriage will change the nature of their separate property. Yet New York law states that separate property will remain that way during a marriage unless the spouse specifically takes action to change it into marital property. The separate property laws in New York can get detailed and complicated, but a knowledgeable Long ...
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  • Maximize your Visitation Time

    || 13-Sep-2012

    When you get to visit your child, there are times that it may be awkward. This is especially true with tweens and teens who are starting to get “too cool” for mom or dad. Non-custodial parents who want to spend time with their children often end up awkward and disjointed, as they try to entertain a child that has no desire to be there. Sometimes children are emotional about their ...
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  • Want to Change Your Name? Here's How!

    || 31-Aug-2012

    The two main reasons that a person changes his or her name is marriage or divorce. Normally, a woman takes a man’s last name when she marries him, and then may choose to change it again in the event of a divorce. People can also change their names if they don’t want to be associated with their family or don’t like their birth name. If you are getting a divorce and don’t ...
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  • Forgot to Create a Prenup? You Still have an Option!

    || 30-Aug-2012

    Even if you forgot to create a prenuptial agreement before marriage, you can still make a document that will help with your property division in the event of a divorce later on in life. This is called a postnuptial agreement, and can be drafted even after you have already tied the knot. A postnuptial agreement can help spouses if they want to protect certain assets from their spouse in the event ...
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