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How Animosity Drives Up the Cost of Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The cost of divorce can vary wildly -- from practically free to almost all of a couple's assets. On one end of the spectrum, spouses can draft their own divorce settlement agreement, have a lawyer review it, and pay only the necessary court filing fees. At the other end, animosity can get the bes...

How to Get Up to Speed on Your Finances Before Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

This article will explain why it's important to get up to speed on your finances and what information you should gather before your divorce. Why It's Important to Know Your Financial Details In every divorce, one issue that must be resolved is the division of property and debt. But before you c...

Ten Things You MUST Do Before You File for Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

There's more to filing for divorce than simply submitting your complaint to the court. Following these ten tips will help you achieve a better outcome in your divorce. Be Certain You Want to Get Divorced While this may seem obvious, the decision to get divorced is an emotional one, and shouldn'...

What Goes in a Divorce Petition?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jun 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether you're simply considering divorce, you've already hired an attorney, or you're filing on your own (called filing “pro se”), you should learn about the necessary elements of a divorce petition. While the specific items you'll need to include may vary slightly from state to state, this arti...

Does it Matter Who Files First for Divorce?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Oct 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many spouses are caught off guard when their spouse files for divorce. Getting served with divorce papers can be a jarring experience. Courts take efforts to make sure that both the plaintiff and defendant in a divorce case receive equal treatment, but there are still some advantages to being t...

Can My Lover Be Subpoenaed in My Divorce?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Oct 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

Typically, divorcing spouses have a variety of professionals working with them, and they come with a variety of fees. You may be ultimately responsible for paying your attorney, appraisers, and accountants, and other types of experts. If you have children, the court could appoint a guardian ad ...

Requesting Money for Lawyer's Fees

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Aug 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even if you have no income, you may be able to hire a divorce lawyer and get funds from your spouse for fees. Courts typically won't let one spouse use marital money to hire an attorney and leave the other spouse without representation. In this article for lawyers.com, I explain how to request...

What Types of Divorces Typically Go to Trial?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Aug 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

More than 90 percent of divorce cases settle prior to trial either by one spouse offering a settlement that the other accepts, or at mediation. Sometimes, however, the spouses simply can't come to an agreement on an issue like child custody, child support, property division, or alimony, and they ...

How to Manage Attorney's Fees in Your Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

While some spouses can work together to resolve their divorce cases without spending very much on fees and costs, it's not unusual for a couple to spend ten percent or more of their net worth litigating their divorce. In this article for lawyers.com, I explain how to effectively and efficiently ...

Will My Child Have to Testify at My Divorce Trial?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

When divorcing parents can't agree on child custody arrangements, a court must decide for them. In a custody dispute, parents often disagree about the roles they play in the child's upbringing one parent may exaggerate the amount of time spent with a child or downplay how much the other parent se...

Thinking Ahead to Estate Planning Changes Due to Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jul 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

When a couple divorces, the spouses experience many significant life changes. One or both spouses may be moving to a new residence, children split their time between two households, and a non-working spouse may return to the job force. During all of these changes, many spouses forget to update ...

What Will My Attorney Do at My Divorce Trial?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jun 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

If your divorce case goes to trial, you'll fare better with an attorney representing you rather than trying the case on your own. When you represent yourself in court, the judge will hold you to the same standards as an attorney, which means you'll need to know how to present evidence, examine ...

How Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Work

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jun 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Many couples that divorce aren't looking for a huge fight, they just want to come to a settlement that's fair to each spouse and allows both of them to move on with their lives. For these couples, collaborative divorce may be an attractive option, as it can help limit both cost and strife for a d...

Do I Need to Attend My Divorce Trial?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Jun 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you and your spouse can't agree how to settle all of the issues in your divorce case, a judge (or a jury in some states) will decide those issues for you at a trial. There are a number of issues the court may resolve in your divorce case: whether one spouse will pay the other alimony, how to...

Can I Subpoena My Spouse's Employer in My Divorce?

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Apr 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a divorce, employment information is always relevant. From work schedules and the ability to spend time with the children to income and retirement accounts, employment-related issues affect virtually every decision a court makes. While most spouses are forthcoming about their work, income, and...

How Divorce Depositions Work and What to Expect at Yours

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Apr 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

During your divorce, your spouse's attorney may want to take your deposition, where you will be required to answer questions under oath for several hours. What you say at a deposition is considered testimony, which can be used in later court proceedings. For many spouses, this is one of the mos...

Social Media and Divorce

Posted by Aaron Thomas | Mar 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

These days, what you say on Facebook or Twitter can be copied, sent around the world, and get you fired before the day is over. So its no surprise that the things people post online often make their way into divorce and custody cases as well. Social media increasingly plays a role in divorce tod...

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