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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Resist Responding – Your Words Can Be Used Against You

During a divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to antagonize the other in emails or other writings. Your spouse may send correspondence that raises sensitive issues in order to annoy or upset you. They may even...more

Issues in Gray Divorces

The divorce rate in the United States has been dropping during the past 20 years. However, divorce among spouses over 50 years old has doubled since 1990! The surge has spawned the term “gray divorce” for these older...more

Untying the knot: It’s time for Pennsylvania to cut the divorce waiting period

Maximizing the stability of marriage while minimizing the damage of divorce should be the goal of divorce law in Pennsylvania. Sadly, the intent is there, but the effect is not....more

What You Need to Know About Changes to Social Security

A few years back I wrote a post about things to consider when divorcing later in life. One of these considerations was Social Security. Social Security continues to be an important topic of discussion for any couple divorcing...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36382, AC36387 - Hilton v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36922 - Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pasiak - This was Round Three of a case previously reported on. An...more

Modifiability of Written Child Support Agreement

When parties are divorced, they often detail the economic terms in a written agreement called a marital settlement agreement or a postnuptial agreement. These marital settlement agreement may contain a provision regarding...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2015

November Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The November § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Military Divorce and the “20/20/20 Rule”

My first exposure to military divorce came not as an attorney, but rather as a child raised on a military base for most of my formative years. Any “Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine/Coast Guard Brat” can attest that there are a...more

Is It Illegal to Spank Your Stepchild?

Since many divorcing people are parents, this new case about physical discipline of children might be of interest. Spanking was more common with previous generations, the practice seems to be dropping off. Under Massachusetts...more

A Tale of Two Distributions: Equitable Versus Estate in the Wake of the Kardashian/Odom Divorce

The current domestic law situation between Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, although unique, is not uncommon. In December 2013, Khloe filed for divorce against Lamar, but for whatever reason, never finalized the paperwork...more

Marriage of Davis: A Shared Roof = Shared (Community) Property

During the recession, we occasionally heard of couples who were divorcing, but still cohabitating. For economic reasons, neither spouse moved out of the house – they continued to share or divide financial responsibilities as...more

Change Your Will When Your Divorce Is Final

Hi there, All the more reason that you need to follow up with a qualified financial and estate planner after a divorce! Best,Nancy...more

Are You Really Divorced? Lamar Odom’s Life Placed in Khloe Kardashian’s Hands

Lamar Odom, an NBA basketball star was recently discovered in a Nevada brothel unconscious and in critical condition. He was rushed to the hospital whereby a number of drugs were discovered in his system and he was being held...more

“What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.”

In the recent Appellate Division reported decision of N.T.B. v. D.D.B., the Court was required to grapple with whether the destruction of a door within a married couple’s joint home constituted “criminal mischief” for...more

Facebook Cited in One Third of Divorce Cases

A major UK newspaper recently reported that Facebook is cited in one third of divorce filings. Facebook and other social media provide a treasure trove of information, from geo-tagging locations to proving connections between...more

Civil Unions in NJ – What you Need to Know.

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry, and neither the federal nor any state government can deny anyone that right. On June 26, 2013 – a watershed moment in the history of the law and our nation – the U.S. Supreme...more

Divorce and the Common Interest Privilege

Privilege is one of the most important legal concepts that an attorney can be versed in. Inadvertently waiving the attorney/client privilege or the psychotherapist/patient privilege, for example, can have dire consequences...more

Shared Parenting – It’s Never Too Late to Get It Right

Shared parenting can be a very difficult road to navigate. Being a stepparent is oftentimes touted as a thankless role, where love must adhere to boundaries set by others. Blended families are often fraught with many...more

Can I Date After I Separate?

Rumor has it that Miss Piggy, after separating from her long-time love Kermit the Frog last month, has publicly announced her readiness to begin dating again. In fact, a photograph recently surfaced in which Miss Piggy and...more

When The Wealthy Divorce, They Regularly Engage Forensic Accountants

Forbes Magazine published an article on “When The Wealthy Divorce, They Regularly Engage Forensic Accountants” this week. Couples with a large amount wealth and substantial assets to be divided do often require the services...more

Court Finds That Plan Administrator Should Comply With Qualified Domestic Relations Order Issued After Retirement Plan...

A recent opinion from the Second Circuit puts retirement plan administrators on notice that adjustments to benefits may be necessary to account for retroactively effective qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). In...more

Top 4 Questions About Divorce and Special Education

Divorce is more common than ever. According to the Center for Disease Control, another trend on the rise is the prevalence of Attention Deficit Disorder (“ADD”) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (“ADHD”) diagnosed in...more

Seven Ways to Help Your Client Prepare for a Divorce

Your client never entered into a prenuptial agreement and when there was a crisis impacting his marriage, he was unsuccessful in broaching the issue of a postnuptial agreement with his spouse. After years of frustration and...more

Florida Supreme Court Gives Expansive Protection to Husband’s Separate Property under a Prenuptial Agreement

A divorcing wife asserted that because a 20 year old prenuptial agreement made no specific reference to enhancement in value of nonmarital property attributable to marital labor or funds, the enhancement in value to the...more

When a Billion Dollars is Not Enough | Divorce Lawyer

Even as a divorce lawyer it is shocking to hear that when Sue Ann Arnall recently received and cashed a $975 million dollar check from her soon to be ex-husband, oil magnate Harold Hamm, that she now claims the check was not...more

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