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You’ve Been Furloughed: How To Stay Afloat

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As the partial government shut down continues, federal employees have now missed two paychecks. Whether you are in the midst of a divorce case and trying to stay on top of your attorney’s fees, or you owe child support and are falling behind, or you’re a newly divorced spouse slated to receive alimony but are not because your spouse has been furloughed, you will need to consider some ways to stay afloat. In a previous post, we discussed the possibility of modifying your child support for a temporary reduction or payment plan. Other options include researching temporary loans. Review this…Read More »

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Government Shutdown: Impact On Your Family Law Case

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It is day 30 of the government’s partial shutdown, far exceeding the 21-day record shutdown in 1995. If you are a federal worker, or have a spouse or partner (or ex-spouse or ex-partner) who is a federal worker, you are—as 800,000 others also are—most likely experiencing the stress of not knowing when the next paycheck will arrive. If you are involved in a family law matter, you may have the added stress of wondering what impact the shutdown will have on your case. Fortunately, your family law case is at the state court level (e.g., Montgomery County Circuit Court, Prince…Read More »

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I Want a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?

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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 »

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 »

Considering Remarriage? Important Things to Consider

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You’ve finally found the love of your life. You are happy and confident in your relationship, but one or both of you have gone through a divorce. What does that mean for you moving forward to marriage? Remarrying after divorce can be tricky. The main factors you’ll want to consider are how it will affect your children and how it may impact your assets. Consider Your Assets Your assets are important. Both you and your significant other have worked hard for what you each possess, and your kids have expectations regarding those assets as well. Consider talking to a family…Read More »