Interesting Paper on Changes in Divorce Process and their effect

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Raquel Fernández & Joyce Cheng Wong have a new paper entitled “Free to Leave? A Welfare Analysis of Divorce Regimes.”  The abstract summarizes: During the 1970s the US underwent an important change in its divorce laws, switching from mutual consent to a unilateral divorce regime. Who benefitted and who lost from this change? To answer this question we develop a …

Selecting your Professional Divorce Team

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Divorce is a complex process that affects just about every aspect of your life: financial, emotional, physical and legal. Unless you’ve been married for only a short time and have no property, assets, or children, you’ll probably need the advice of more than one divorce professional to help smooth the road ahead of you. You will need expert services from …

Tax Tips and Traps

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Here are two topics you’d probably rather not think about: Divorce and Taxes. If you’re separated or newly divorced, however, it could be worth your while to get some good financial advice about both. Spousal Support Also known in some areas as “alimony” or “maintenance”, spousal support is typically treated as taxable income to the person receiving it and tax-deductible …

Shared Parenting

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Separation always disrupts the familiar patterns of family life. Routines and responsibilities that had been established as the family grew and developed have to be renegotiated. How your family operated probably came about without a lot of proactive planning. It’s unlikely that either parent worried too much, especially in happier times, about who did what and how much actual time each …

Don’t Get Hung Up on Fairness

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People who spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not something is “fair” tend to have serious problems while getting divorced. Deciding what’s fair and what isn’t can be a tough call on the playground, in business transactions, and in many other aspects of daily life. But nowhere is it more difficult than when breaking up a marriage. If …

Knowing Why You Should Stay or Go

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The most common reasons why people stay in their marriages are usually quite understandable. However, at the same time, I’ve seen many people use these reasons as excuses for remaining in unhealthy situations. I often refer to them as “misguided reasons” for staying in a bad marriage. They include (in order of how often they are used) the kids, money and …

Talking To Your Child: Positive Comments About Her Other Parent

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It is very important that your child hear you talk nicely about their other parent. And you shouldn’t badmouth the people that love your child, especially the other parent. Face it. The subject of your child’s other parent is going to come up between you and your child. When it is your child who is doing the talking, remember she …

Important Property Characterization Opinion from Cal. Supreme Court

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The long awaited Valli opinion has been issued by the California Supreme Court. In the case husband and wife purchased a life insurance policy insuring husband’s life.  There was no dispute the life insurance policy was purchased during the marriage, and with community property money.  Ordinarily there would be no discussion.  The policy would be characterized as community property.  In …