Divorce Pre-Planning

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17 Apr: What Are 5 Important Questions To Ask A Divorce Attorney Before Hiring Them?

The first question to ask any attorney is their degree of experience. Have they had a lot of experience in handling family law cases? Family law cases are complex. They have a lot of moving parts, so you want to find out how much experience that individual has in handling family law cases. I have been handling family law cases exclusively since 2010. I have a lot of experience in this area. I’ve been a…

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03 Apr: Dividing Marital Assets During Divorce

First off, we have to determine what is a marital asset. You have to look at any separate property that you might have. What is separate property? Separate property includes property that you own prior to the marriage. It also includes property that you obtained by gift or inheritance. Do you have any separate property? For example, if you are working in a job and had a 401(k) or an IRA account prior to the…

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09 Mar: Protecting Interests Prior To A Divorce

Here at Lewis and Matthews, we offer what is known as divorce coaching. You can come in and pay for a block of time with me, and we can sit down and go through your unique situation. You can bring in tax returns, pay stubs, other financial documents. I will run child support worksheets for you. I will run maintenance worksheets for you. We will talk about a possible division of assets and liabilities, so…

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31 Oct: The Benefits of Divorce Coaching and Pre-Planning

Divorce coaching and pre-planning is a tool that you can use in a situation where you are uncertain about your present relationship. Perhaps you are going through marriage counseling, but it’s not working out. You’re trying to save your marriage, but you’re concerned. You want to get some advice about your rights in the event that you do decide to proceed with the dissolution of marriage or if the other party decides to go ahead…

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29 Mar: What Steps Can You Take if You Feel Divorce Is Likely?

Common mistakes that I see people make are not having their own money, essentially. So let’s just say that you are the stay-at-home parent, you aren’t working outside the home, you’re completely dependent on the other parent for support. A lot of times folks will get divorced and one of the parties has been a stay-at-home parent for a number of years, they don’t have any credit established, it becomes very difficult for them to…