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How Inflation Impacts Divorce

Rising inflation has come to dominate the news, and you may notice its effects as you pay higher prices at the gas pump and the grocery store. You may not have realized, however, that inflation could also affect your divorce. (In fact, it may even increase your chances of getting a divorce according to one …

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What’s Mine Is Yours? Understanding Marriage Property vs. Separate Property in Divorce

A divorce inevitably means you and your spouse will need to divide your assets, everything from your vehicles to your 401k. How in the world are you supposed to figure out who owns what or, more importantly, what portion of your shared property is yours? The first place to start is to gain an understanding …

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Divorce vs Legal Separation

If you think your marriage may be heading for divorce, is it worth considering a legal separation first? What is a legal separation, how is it different than a divorce, and is there any reason to involve the courts in your separation? A legal separation is an option worth considering for many couples, and it …

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Can I Get Social Security Benefits from My Ex-Spouse Even If It’s Not in My Divorce Decree?

QUESTION: I heard that I may be entitled to collect Social Security benefits when I retire based on my ex-husband’s earnings. But I looked at my divorce decree and it doesn’t say anything about it. Did I miss the boat? ANSWER: Here’s some good news about your divorce. If you were married to your ex-spouse …

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How to Choose a Divorce Mediator

Divorce mediation is almost always a smart move. It can save you a significant amount of money and time on your divorce in comparison with fighting through the court system. Perhaps even more importantly, divorce mediation allows you to take control and ownership of your divorce negotiation. Even though it may be difficult to spend …

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Checklist: Living Separately Under the Same Roof

In many states, your date of separation has legal implications. If you and your spouse are still living in the same house for economic or family reasons, proving that you are really separated can be tricky. Here is a checklist of what you should do if you and he are still living together but separate.

The Post-Divorce Update List

All Those Pesky Little Updates You Need to Make After Divorce, All in One Place Divorce can be gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, empowering… and full of paperwork. That’s right, separating your life from another person is hard on an emotional level and also just downright frustrating. There’s bank accounts to change, passwords to update, life insurance policies …

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Educate Yourself About Divorce

The decision to get a divorce will be one of the biggest and most consequential choices of your life. Your divorce will directly impact your finances, your quality of living, the lives of your children, and your own emotional health. Maybe you’ve already decided that a divorce is the right choice for you, or perhaps …

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My Spouse Has Moved Out – Now What?

“He’s moved out – now what?” That’s a question that many women face. What’s the harm in that? Nothing, if you and your spouse have negotiated a legal agreement that specifies financial arrangements. Without such an agreement, though, you may be facing some financial perils.

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