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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 »

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 »

How is Inheritance Treated in Divorce?

Money inherited by a spouse during the course of a marriage will not necessarily be treated the same as other money or assets during the asset division process. What happens with the inheritance will be determined based on whether it is classified as separate or marital property. Marital property is any property jointly owned by… Read More »

What to Know About Legal Separation in New York

Some couples prefer a trial separation period before they get divorced, or get separated as a matter of convenience and comfort while the divorce process is going. The majority of separations that occur are unofficial—one spouse simply moves away from the family home, but no legal process occurs to make the separation official. However, there… Read More »

Tips for Responding to Divorce Interrogatories

During the process of divorce discovery, each spouse has the chance to ask questions or request documents from the other as they collect evidence for their claim. These requests are made in the form of “interrogatories,” which are the written questions submitted from one spouse to the other. When you receive interrogatories, you must provide… Read More »

Tips for Creating a Solid Parenting Plan After Divorce

If you have children and are going through the divorce process, it is crucial you focus on developing an in-depth parenting plan during the divorce so you can cut down on the potential turbulence your children will face in their new lives once the divorce has been finalized. You must create a plan that emphasizes… Read More »

Issues Older Couples Are Likely to Face During Divorce

The divorce rate for people who are older than 50 doubled between the years 1990 and 2010, as Baby Boomers continue to get divorced at a record pace. Many of the issues you may encounter during a divorce are the same at any age, but there are some that are much more likely to affect… Read More »

What Should You Do After Receiving Divorce Papers?

If you’ve recently been served with divorce papers, you might be wondering what comes next. Below are the steps you should take immediately after receiving divorce papers: Read the documents carefully: You should read the divorce papers very thoroughly, as they will contain a lot of crucial information, including the court in which the action… Read More »