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Author Archives: Bridget Tartaglia

Here are the Steps to Legally Change Your Name

There are many reasons why you might wish to change your name. Perhaps you recently got married and want to take on your partner’s surname (or hyphenate your surname). Maybe you got divorced and want to go back to previous surname. You might simply just not like your name and are ready for a change…. Read More »

Updating Your Insurance Policies After a Divorce

Many married couples have combined insurance policies. When you get divorced, you will need to update these policies or cancel them altogether and establish new policies of your own. The following is some quick information regarding how to review and update these policies to reflect that you are no longer married: Life insurance: If you… Read More »

What Does ‘Dissolution of Marriage’ Actually Mean?

As you go through the divorce process, you will likely hear the term “dissolution of marriage” used more than once. What exactly does this mean? In many cases, “dissolution of marriage” is just another way of saying divorce, referring to the process in which you and your spouse can permanently end your marriage. However, there… Read More »

What Information Must You Disclose in a Divorce?

Early on in your divorce, you will go through the process of “discovery,” in which you, your spouse and your attorneys gather as much information as you can. During this process, you will need to make some mandatory disclosures. This is information you are required to provide by law. Before mandatory disclosure rules existed, divorcing… Read More »

Documents to Keep After You Finalize Your Divorce

When you finalize your divorce, it can be understandable to want to put the entire ordeal behind you and never think about the legal process again. You might even be tempted to toss away all of the paperwork you had to complete, just because it reminds you of what you’ve had to endure over the… Read More »

Legal Questions to Consider Before You Get Married

As you prepare for marriage, there are some questions to consider beyond just whether you are ready to make a lifelong commitment to your partner. Because marriage is a legal contract, there are certain legal issues you and your future spouse should decide together before moving forward. Before your wedding Before you officially get married,… Read More »

Answers to Key Questions on Guardianship Issues

Our firm regularly receives certain questions about various topics related to family law, including guardianship. Below are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive on this topic: Q: What’s the difference between guardianship and adoption? Guardianship establishes a legal relationship between an adult who is not the child’s parent and… Read More »

Legally Changing Your Name After a Divorce

Anyone is legally allowed to change his or her name at any time. There are several methods for changing your new name, including advising officials and businesses of the change and simply beginning to use it. As long as you are either changing to the name of your new spouse or returning to your maiden… Read More »

Age at Time of Cohabitation Could Be Predictor of Divorce

For many years, it was commonly accepted that cohabitation before marriage increased a couple’s risk of getting divorced. However, research from the Council on Contemporary Families suggests cohabitation does not influence the likelihood of divorce—and never has. Instead, it is the age at the time of cohabitation that’s most likely to predict a divorce. Couples… Read More »

Preventing Child Abduction During a Divorce

Although it’s rare, in some cases a custodial parent might be worried his or her former partner will attempt to kidnap their children, whether during a visit or at some other time. If you believe there is any chance of this occurring, there are steps you can take to prevent it, while also preparing yourself… Read More »