Divorce

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Ashley Madison, meet the kids: infidelity and divorce

The recent Ashley Madison breach exposed millions of users who’d signed up to the site, believing they were doing so with full anonymity. Social media and news outlets helped fuel a storm that will not soon be forgotten. In...more

Divorce Is Hard

Hi there, As the summer winds down and kids start back to school, a lot of folks decide to take their first real step in the divorce process. I routinely see a lot of people in August who haven’t decided what to do and...more

Legal Insights on the Ashley Madison Hack: Part II

As more names emerge from the dark web data dump of Ashley Madison customers, lawyers around the globe have found a very willing group of would-be plaintiffs. Interestingly, all of these plaintiffs are named “Doe,” which must...more

The Ashley Madison Hack — Will It Cause Couples To Divorce?

Everyone is speculating that the Ashley Madison hack will mean an increase in business for divorce lawyers. This remains to be seen. However, the real question is what happens if your name appears on the list of users? And...more

Business and Professional Practice Valuation in Divorce

The valuation of a business or professional practice in a divorce proceeding requires the resolution of unique issues. Among the most significant of these issues are the valuation date and the standard of value to be...more

You’ve Been (Virtually) Served; From Facebook Friend to Process Server: Service of Process Via Facebook Messenger

It is no secret that social media has changed the face of the world in the last decade. Just ask Grumpy Cat. What is less evident, although no less true, is how social media has impacted the practice of law in the same amount...more

How Does Ashley Madison Membership Effect PA Divorces?

Ashley-Madison is a controversial online dating/social networking service, based in Canada, which markets to married individuals or those in a committed relationship. Its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” The site,...more

Ashley Madison’s Impact on New Jersey Divorce

Names, email addresses, credit card information, billing addresses and more for over 36,000,000 registered users have been released on the internet by the Ashley Madison Hackers. While many of the registered accounts may...more

Ashley Madison: Adultery in the Age of Technology

Hi there, I decided this would be an apt post in the middle of CiCi’s miniseries on the The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce. There’s a huge scandal right now revolving around precisely what you shouldn’t do BEFORE...more

How To Choose A Divorce Lawyer

Selecting the right attorney is an important decision in ending a marriage and successfully beginning the next stage of your life. The right Matrimonial Lawyer will assist you in identifying the issues, understanding your...more

“Shake It Off”

“My ex-man brought his new girlfriend. She’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna shake…. Shake it off, I shake it off.” Although relatively easy for Taylor Swift, in the realm of divorce, many litigants unfortunately find...more

The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 2

In my previous post, The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 1, we discussed the importance of protecting email accounts and passwords, not reading your spouse’s email and not recording anything without informing them....more

Living Separate and Apart: More Than Just Moving Out of the Bedroom

On July 20, 2015, in the seminal case of In re Marriage of Davis, the California Supreme Court ruled that a couple is only living separate and apart when they no longer reside together under the same roof. Thus, while the...more

The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 1

For anyone involved in a divorce there are always pitfalls to be avoided, no matter where you are in the process. Some of the pitfalls are obvious, others less so. Today we’ll discuss the first three in a set of seven areas...more

Cheatin’ Ain’t Easy: Potential Theories of Liability Emerge for Online Cheating Website Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison, a dating website specifically geared towards married individuals looking to have an affair, recently found out it was the victim of cyber hackers who claim to have stolen personal information, including names...more

Divorce and Custody Turns Absurd

In any divorce where custody of the children is contested, absent an agreement between the father and mother, the decision is left to the ineffective, expensive and arbitrary court system. Judicial officers (judges and...more

How to File for Divorce?

Steps to make the divorce process as painless as possible: 1. Speak with an Attorney First. Going through a divorce is not simply a legal matter. More often than not, there are complicated legal issues involved which are...more

Did the California Supreme Court Clarify "Living Separate and Apart" Standard in Dissolution Cases?

In Marriage of Davis (July 20, 2015, S215050) 2015 Cal Lexis 5115, 2015 WL 4394006, the California Supreme Court tackled the question of whether, in a dissolution proceeding, a couple may be characterized as "living separate...more

Premarital planning - Protecting your assets without a prenup

Protecting family assets in the event of a divorce is particularly significant for family business owners, who typically want to avoid sharing ownership with their ex-spouses or their children’s ex-spouses. A prenuptial...more

Are Custody Laws Different in MA and RI?

Thinking of moving? Different child custody laws in each state may make things even more complicated. While the borders between Massachusetts and Rhode Island appear to be incredibly permeable, this is just not the case when...more

There Can Be Dignity In Divorce

When the divorce is over, how will you feel about the way you navigated the process? Divorce is difficult. While dealing with the unexpected ups and downs of this experience, your feelings will include grief, anger,...more

Divorcing During Your Senior Years

Although the law governs the divorce process in general, no two divorces will be the same. This is because all divorces come with their own unique set of factors that are specific to the couple seeking the divorce....more

Three Simple QDRO Tips to Make Your Agreements More Enforceable

The purpose of a settlement agreement is to resolve some or all of the outstanding issues in a pending case. In the divorce context, it is common for attorneys to use broad language in their agreements related to the...more

How Do I Appeal a Divorce Judgment?

All too often after a divorce trial, one or both parties is unhappy with the decision reached by the trial judge. It could be about property division issues, custody and parenting, support or other matters within the...more

Husband Permitted to Seek Attorney's Fees Against Wife for Her Failure to Comply with Prenuptial Agreement

In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Non-precedential Decision, Boer v. Pott, the Court confirmed husband's right to seek attorney's fees against wife due to wife's failure to comply with the parties' prenuptial agreement....more

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