I Want a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?

November 28, 2018

You’ve been thinking about it for quite some time, and have finally come to the realization: You want a divorce. Maybe your spouse has been unfaithful, or you have. Or perhaps you’ve suffered from some sort of abuse, whether physical, emotional, or financial. Maybe you’re just not happy anymore and realize that you can never be the person you were meant to be if you stay in your marriage. Whatever the reason for your divorce, you need to make sure you follow some careful steps after you make the decision to protect yourself and your children. Consult an Attorney If…Read More »

7 Tips for Preparing for Your Divorce Deposition

October 31, 2018

Your divorce case has reached a point where one or both attorneys involved agrees that it’s time to take depositions. Whether the deposition is to help solidify the truth of certain facts, or simply to help each side get a feel for what sort of witness the other will be at trial, depositions are important – and nerve-wracking – parts of some divorce cases. Unless you’ve been involved in a previous court case, it’s unlikely you’ve ever given a deposition before. This uncertainty can leave you feeling worried about what to expect from the deposition. Thankfully, half the battle of…Read More »

Who Gets to Keep the Family Pet in My Divorce?

September 10, 2018

  Getting divorced means you have to make a whole slew of decisions: When the kids are going to be with each parent, who gets to keep the house, how the financial accounts should be split up. A decision that can become just as fraught with anger and contention as child custody is figuring out where the family pet will live. Pets are important parts of many families, regardless of if there are children involved, and people form intense connections to their dogs, cats, birds, and other furry friends. Because of these bonds, deciding with whom Fido or Missy will…Read More »

Will Divorce Affect My Green Card?

September 7, 2018

  Divorce is hard to experience on its own. Parting ways with someone who you had a strong connection with can be emotionally taxing. No matter the reason for divorce, you most likely don’t want to have to worry about anything else. But what if your marriage is connected to your green card? Will your divorce affect your United States residency or citizenship?There are a few different answers to this question, depending on your individual situation. You’re Already a Permanent Resident If you’re already a lawful permanent resident with a 10-year green card, renewing your green card after a divorce won’t…Read More »

My Spouse and I Agree on Everything in Our Divorce. Do I Still Need a Lawyer?

August 8, 2018

You and your spouse have come to the conclusion that you’re better off getting a divorce. Even through all the uncertainty and stress, you’ve been able to talk through the points that need deciding during your divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony, division of property, and who gets the house. The way things look right now, you agree on everything. It looks like smooth sailing as you navigate toward the signing of the final papers. Since you agree on everything, you may wonder: Do I really need to spend the money on hiring an attorney? First, we want to let…Read More »

I’ve Just Been Served with Divorce Papers. What Do I Do Now?

May 30, 2018

You’ve just answered the knock at the door to be greeted by a process server, who hands you divorce papers. Whether this moment was a surprise to you or not, you may be unsure of what to do now. You’ve just been served with divorce papers. What now? The first thing you must do after being served with divorce papers is decide how you will respond. There is a limited amount of time to respond to the initial divorce papers, usually no more than 30 days. [1] If you’re going to hire an attorney, now is a good time to…Read More »

7 Money Mistakes to Avoid During a Divorce

May 15, 2018

Divorce can easily become an expensive process, especially for one that lasts months or years. It can become tempting to radically change things about your life and living situation during the divorce process, but there are some changes you shouldn’t make or should make with extreme caution. Here are 7 money mistakes to avoid making during your divorce: Making Rash Financial Decisions You’re going to have to live your life in the midst of a divorce, and that means spending money. Spending money on food, daily necessities, even vacations and gifts is fine, but there are some money decisions you…Read More »

7 Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

April 30, 2018

Your first meeting with a divorce attorney is important. It helps you get a sense of whether you feel the attorney will have your back during your legal proceedings, and gives you crucial information about what you will need to do as your case progresses. But your first meeting, especially if your decision to divorce is still very new, can also be emotional and stressful. Remembering everything you need to ask in order to help you choose the right attorney for your needs can be difficult. Here are 7 important questions you need to ask your divorce attorney during your first…Read More »

5 Tips for Rebuilding Your Social Life after Divorce

April 26, 2018

One of the things many recently separated or divorced people worry about is how their new relationship status will impact their social lives. Losing a marriage can mean giving up shared friendships or family bonds, which can be devastating for some people, compounding the emotional impact of the divorce. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it is possible to rebuild your social life after a divorce. Here are 5 tips for getting back out there and fostering new relationships: Let Yourself Mourn Before you can begin to move forward, you have to learn to let go of the past….Read More »

How Will My Divorce Impact My Retirement Benefits?

April 12, 2018

Many divorcing couples focus all their time and effort deciding how to divide up the easily liquidated assets – house, cars, bank accounts – and forget to address retirement accounts or other issues that may present themselves down the road. Make no mistake about it: Your divorce will affect your retirement benefits. But the question is how much?  Pension Plans, 401(K)s, and Other Contribution Plans As long as you were contributing to your retirement plan during your marriage, you will have to share at least some portion of your retirement benefits with your former spouse. Exactly how much you need to share…Read More »