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How to reveal your spouse's hidden wealth in divorce

Every spouse is worried about assets during a divorce, but if your spouse is wealthy, the battle for assets could become tricky. If your spouse was manipulative about money during your marriage or suddenly becomes aloof after divorce is apparent, it is imperative that you take action to protect your right to an equitable division of assets.

Uncovering assets isn't easy, but if you and your attorney take the initiative, you can gain access to the right financial information. A recent story in the New York Times revealed how an estranged wife and her attorney uncovered her husband's net worth of $400 million. The story is both exceptional and complex, but it reveals a few key techniques on how to show hidden wealth.

Tags: Divorce, high asset divorce


The fun of representing yourself in divorce

The old joke among lawyers regarding a lawyer acting as his or her own lawyer in a matter, is that that lawyer has a fool for a client.

Tags: Divorce. Lawyers. Representing yourself. Property Settlement. Court


Working together. Maybe one lawyer? Consent Judgment in Divorce

It is not infrequent that I receive a call from a spouse that has been discussing divorce, sometimes for a while, with his or her other spouse.  They have spent the time and had all the experience of that discussion and at least agree on one thing: they would like the divorce to be simple, as inexpensive as possible and over quickly.

Tags: Divorce. Consent Judgment. Property Settlement. Motion to Opt Out of Friend of the Court


5 financial separations that should be handled before a divorce

While a divorce can be messy in many different ways, finances have a tendency to be a big part of the argument and frustration that many couples and families face as they split up. As you go through big changes in your life, you can protect your assets and your finances by separating certain things before you file for divorce. Because the classification of separate and marital property differs from state to state, it's helpful to get a handle on your financial situation before actually making your filing.

Tags: Divorce


Divorce Out of the Blue??? What!!!

It happens.

Tags: Divorce. Property Settlement. Divorce Procedure.


What if your child is getting divorced?

There is all this casual talk about 50% of marriages ending in divorce.  I often think about the persons who never got married, but their partnership also ended in separation (what's the difference from divorce but for the legal rights to child support, spousal support, a division that is fair of assets and real and personal property, which, of course is no small thing).

Tags: Divorce. Children. Property Settlement. Support in Divorce


Tips to properly allocate a retirement plan in your divorce

When you plan to spend the rest of your life with your spouse, it is very common to develop a joint retirement plan. In the case, however, that your marriage fails, you are left to separate your shared assets, including your retirement.

Consider these tips for properly allocating a retirement plan in your divorce.


Your spouse just doesn't do what is promised. What do you do?

It isn't at all uncommon that you have a convesation with your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse and agree to do keep property separate for their kids or affirmatively do something: like dismiss the divorce (if you were married and were trying to "work things out"?

Tags: Divorce. Spouse's promises. Remedies.


Fire safety ladders: planning to fail

Many people install a fire safety ladder in an upstairs bedroom. This does not mean that they are planning to have their house go up in flames. Quite the contrary: it means that should the unthinkable arise, that family is prepared.

That family, unlike families who do not have a fire safety ladder, is one step ahead. That family most likely rests a bit easier at night knowing that they have a safe exit plan in the event of an emergency.


Let's take a look at maturity? Might help?

This might seem an odd topic for a lawyer's blog?

Tags: Divorce. Property Settlement. Disputes. Negotiation. Settling the case.

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