Divorce Attorney Expenses

Aug 8, 2012 by

The divorce laws that govern the processes and rights concerning property, custody, support and alimony are entirely dependant on the state where you live. This means that although the termination of a marriage is the common factor in every divorce, most of the laws governing the details of the process are state specific and can vary a bit. Although there used to be “fault divorces” used in some jurisdictions, all states have now placed “no-fault” divorce laws on...

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Realistic Settlements

Aug 8, 2012 by

Alimony laws differ from state to state and many factors can affect the process. Judges have the most authority as to when alimony is granted and when it is not. Most state laws require judges to consider circumstances such as standard of living during marriage, the characteristics of each individual’s income and earning capabilities upon divorce, the age and health of each individual, and the need for or ability to pay alimony. Alimony will cover things like food, shelter, clothing,...

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Organizing Your Divorce Finances

Aug 8, 2012 by

For anyone going through a divorce, or considering a divorce, getting your finances in order is the first order of business. You can’t really take control of your life or even make progress toward building a new single life until you have a good grasp of your existing financial obligations and assets. The first step in evaluating your financial situation prior to a divorce should be organizing your financial paperwork, including all your incoming bills, all bank statements and any...

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Reduce Your Attorney Fees- Three Ways, Part II

Aug 8, 2012 by

In my last article, I discussed reducing attorney’s fees by being concise when dealing with your attorney. (If you missed that article, click on this link to access it.) This article will explain how you can save thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees by doing certain things yourself. Don’t start sweating yet. I am not suggesting that you stand up before an intimidating judge and argue your own case. But there is a lot you can do to drastically reduce the amount of hours that...

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Getting It Together Before a Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The financial issues surrounding a divorce are some of the most important and lasting items than need to be examined and addressed, hopefully before anyone starts filing papers in court. If you are considering a divorce, you’ll need a good picture of your financial obligations and assets before you start dividing things up. You’ll need to organize your financial paperwork, including all bills, bank statements and any other permanent records related to money. It will be much easier...

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Massachusetts Alimony Reform

Aug 8, 2012 by

The end of lifetime alimony awards moved one step closer to becoming law when Massachusetts lawmakers in the state House of Representatives recently approved a bill intended to reform the alimony system in that state. The lawmakers voted to approve the bill that would end the practice of “lifetime alimony” payments that are often ordered by Massachusetts judges in divorce cases. In addition to eliminating lifetime alimony awards, the bill will also put limits on the number of years...

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Divorce Hotel

Aug 8, 2012 by

The Dutch people are very good at coming up with solutions to social predicaments that push the boundaries of societal norms. The latest Dutch creation to cause a stir in the news is the invention of the “Divorce Hotel,” where unhappily-married couples can check in for the weekend as a couple, and check out on Monday morning as singles. The Divorce Hotel is the concept of 33-year-old Jim Halfens, who has been running the new business idea out of different hotels in the Netherlands...

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Divorce Contagion

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study from Brown University followed 12,000 people in Framingham, Massachusetts over a 32-year period beginning in 1948. The study has a very long name, and some very interesting observations about divorce in the United States. The study conducted by Rose McDermott of Brown University, James Fowler of University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard University is titled “Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects...

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Study Finds Domestic Violence Shelters Are Meeting Needs of Most Victims

Aug 8, 2012 by

Becoming homeless. Losing everything, including their children. Doing something desperate. Facing continued, life-threatening abuse. That is what victims of domestic violence who received help from shelters say their fate would have been if those shelters did not exist, according to Meeting Survivors’ Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences. Released today, the groundbreaking study is based on a survey of 3,410 people served by domestic violence shelters in...

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More Seniors Splitting Up

Aug 8, 2012 by

Now that the latest round of the U.S. Census has been conducted, the facts and figures collected are beginning to show some new trends concerning the status of divorce in the United States. One of the trends that came to light when examining the marriage and divorce rates for 2008 is that older couples are getting more divorces later in life. The Census Bureau reports show that 26% of divorces in 2008 were filed by couples who had been married 20 years or longer. This is not a reassuring trend...

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How do I divorce? How much? how long does it take? Massachusetts

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I am married 2 years and six months and two years my wife left home and never returned. Do not have children with her, do not we have had together, our relationship lasted only two months, no fights, just separated. today want the divorce to start my life, but not longer have her address, I tried and I can not find her. How do I divorce? how much? how long does it take? (MASS) State:  Massachusetts Answer:  If your spouse...

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I got married in india, it was an islamic marrige. How do I get divorced?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I got married in india, it was an islamic marrige. I’m not even sure if it is registered in England but i want to get divorced – how would i go about it? State:  Alabama Answer:  While we try to provide the best and most complete answers to your divoirce questions here at Divorce.com, your particular question presents a bit of a problem. Many of the emotional, physical and motivating elements of divorce are common...

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I want to file for divorce. Do i need to know where he is?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My husband left me in April of this year. I want to file for divorce,do i need to know where he is? State:  Indiana Answer:  You do not absolutely need to know where he is. The court will require you to try to serve notice of the petition to divorce on him by traditional service such as by Certified Mail or by professional process server. However, if he cannot be located at all, the court will likely allow you to post notice of...

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When Hard Times Get Harder: Divorcing with an Upside Down House

Aug 8, 2012 by

Domestic attorneys have begun to see the same general problem day in and day out:  A once happy couple gets married, buys a house, starts their family, and then hard economic times hit.  Maybe one spouse loses their job or the family’s adjustable rate mortgage adjusts to a dramatically higher rate.  The bills begin to mount and stress takes a toll on the marriage.  Perhaps the couple realizes something needs to change, so they decide to take a line of equity out on...

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Can I Still Get Husband to Pay Debt?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  filed divorce 2008 but until now not yet finalized can i still ask or get help to my husband to pay my debt?/ State:  Alabama ...

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What happens in a divorce proceedings of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  what goes on in a divorce proceedings of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets? State:  Wyoming Answer:  Great question, If there are no assets, then there is nothing for the court to divide. And if you and your spouse can agree on a custody arrangement, there is not much left for a court to do besides grant the divorce, and determine child support. When you say “no assets” you had better be certain...

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My wife lives in NY and I live in FL. What kind of visitation can i have?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My wife lives in N.Y. and I in F.L. what kind of visitation can i have regarding our 6 month old baby? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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We have no kids and very little money or property. How can we make this divorce smooth?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My wife and I have fallen out of love. We have no kids and very little money or property. How can we make this divorce smooth? State:  Wyoming Answer:  Since you have few assets and did not have children together, your divorce is likely to go quickly and smoothly. If you and your spouse are able to agree on how to divide the few assets that you have, obtaining a divorce should not be costly. However, you might want to consider...

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Do I have to appear in court? Is their a court fee?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Do I have to appear in court? Is their a court fee? I haven’t been with my wife in 4yrs – we have no kids, property, just want a divorce so I can go on with my life – but it’s so expensive can you help me? Thank you. State:  Florida Answer:  If your wife agrees to all issues involving division of property and debts, and she’s not asking for alimony, you probably don’t have much to worry...

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I WANT A DIVORCE IN NY

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  I GOT MARRIED IN 1995 OR 96 WE SEPARATED AND I HAVE NOT SEEN OR HEARD OF HIM IN MORE OR LESS 8 YRS I WANT TO GET A DIVORCE HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTTING THIS DONE? State:  New York Answer:  New York state allows abandonment for a year or more as sufficient grounds for a divorce. Eight years without seeing your husband certainly qualifies. You can inititate your divorce on the grounds of abandonment and yu shouldn’t have any...

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