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Author Archives: Bridget Tartaglia

The Differences Between Separation and Divorce

There is a tendency among some to use the terms “separation” and “divorce” interchangeably, but legally these are two very different issues. Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about the differences between them. Legal distinctions The term “separated” can just mean that the couple is living apart—the couple may or may not… Read More »

Tips for Your First Divorce Hearing

Your first divorce hearing can be a stressful experience, but you can at least enter feeling confident if you take the proper steps to prepare for it. Here are a few of the steps you should take to make sure the hearing goes as smoothly as possible. Dress for success: Showing up to court in… Read More »

What to Do if Your Ex Doesn’t Pay Maintenance?

As part of your divorce, you might be awarded maintenance payments from your ex. But what happens if your ex fails to meet their maintenance obligations? Before taking any drastic legal action, you should work with your attorney to determine why your ex is not making these payments. While it is possible they are simply… Read More »

Why Paternity Tests are Important for Child Custody

Paternity tests establish biological fatherhood, which can have some significant bearing on child custody and support cases. In such a test, DNA is collected from the possible father and the child from cheek swabs or blood samples. The DNA gets spliced to determine if the two share chromosomes. These tests have a 99.9 percent accuracy… Read More »

What to Know About COVID Stimulus Checks and Divorce/Separation

Americans receiving stimulus checks due to the COVID-19 pandemic might wonder what happens to this money if they are going through a divorce or separation. Here is a quick overview of what you should know. Disbursement: Stimulus funds will be disbursed in the same method as your 2019 tax refund, which means if you and… Read More »

Tips for Negotiating Asset Distribution in Your Divorce

It can be difficult for you to fully grasp the financial implications of your divorce, specifically with regard to your asset distribution negotiations. This is why it’s so important to work with an attorney, who can help you see the whole picture. Here are a few tips to help you get a better grasp on… Read More »

How to Prepare for a Virtual Divorce Hearing

Though a vaccine is finally (and slowly) circulating around the United States to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, most people still will need to hunker down throughout much of 2021 until they’re able to receive it. This means you can expect a continued reliance on virtual platforms for most types of meetings, including your court hearings… Read More »

Winter Tends to Be Divorce Season in the United States

It’s like clockwork—every year the divorce rates in the United States see a bit of a spike between January and March. This is often due to people deciding to wait until after the holidays to file for their divorce. Some of the reasons for this include: The desire for a fresh start: The turning of… Read More »

Tips for Getting Through the Holidays After a Divorce

If this is your first holiday season and new year after a divorce, it can be an emotionally trying time as you try to move on from old traditions and celebrate with new groups of people. Here are a few tips to help the process become a little easier for you. Have boundaries: Don’t feel… Read More »

Common Asset Concealment Strategies to Watch For

An unfortunately common issue that can arise during the divorce process is one spouse attempting to conceal assets from the other in an attempt to come away with a more favorable financial situation. This is illegal—both spouses are required to fully disclose their finances and assets to allow for a more equitable asset distribution process…. Read More »