Do I Qualify for My Ex-Spouse’s Social Security Benefits?

August 27, 2021

Are you a retiree, or almost a retiree, and going through a divorce?  If so, you will want to know how a divorce affects your Social Security.  Here are some basics on how Social Security benefits work.Much of this information comes right from the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This article will attempt explain the…
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The Organic Divorce. No Hormones Added.

August 12, 2021

 Who Moved My Cheese, is a story of two mice, “Sniffy” and “Scurry”. The two mice come upon a pile of cheese. They become dependent on the cheese and establish daily routines based on all of the cheese they have. One day, however, the cheese is all gone. Sniffy noticed the cheese supply was shrinking…
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The Revenge Lexus. The Jane Holster Story

July 13, 2021

It is no secret divorcing spouses sometimes look to “get even” with their soon to be ex.   Or look for ways to punish their spouse for perceived wrongdoings during the marriage.One common tactic to harm their spouse on their way out the door is to make an expensive purchase.   For example, they purchase a new…
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Where Do Judges Get the Law?

May 28, 2021

Judges are the final authority in the courtroom.   Their decision is the final say.  At least when it comes to your divorce or custody case.  If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement, the judge will make the final decision for you.  If you cannot agree on who will get custody the judge will. …
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Dividing Dishware & Beanie Babies

April 16, 2021

Do you and your spouse need to divide the dishes, silverware or Beanie Babies during a divorce?Yes, your dishware and other personal property, like a Beanie Baby collection, need to be divided evenly in a divorce.  Appliances, furniture, tools, furniture, and even the PlayStation(s) (for those gamers) are divided.  Technically, cars, RV’s, and boats are…
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Divorcing a MISSING Spouse

March 20, 2021

It takes two to tango and two to file a divorce.  You cannot file a divorce without your spouse’s signature or without their notice.  You need to know where your spouse is living, or at least be able to talk with them to get a signature.   You definitely need their address to give them notice…
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Uncoupling Before Filing.  The Better Way to Divorce. 

February 25, 2021

The woman was clearly upset, crying to me over the phone that she wanted a divorce.  Her husband was a terrible drunk and was getting more and more violent.  This was their second marriage, and she was ready to give up and move out.The home was their primary asset, and she said couldn’t afford to…
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What Your Judge Thinks is All That Matters

January 9, 2021

 A new client of mine, going through a child support issue, said to me “I don’t care what the judge thinks!”  We were discussing how a judge in family court has the descretion to determine how much monthly income she earned.  My response was, “You better care, because what the judge thinks is all that…
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Are Christmas Gifts Community Property?

November 29, 2020

Tis the season to be giving.  Tis also the season when divorce rates increase.  A question we were recently asked is how the divorce courts divide expensive gifts given in years past.Normally, the divorce court will divide all community property equally in a divorce.   Is that car you gave your spouse or that jewelry your…
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How Filing a Divorce Affects Your Will

October 12, 2020

If you are in the process of getting a divorce, you should update your will, trust, or life insurance beneficiaries. This is a critical because you are legally married until the judge signs the final divorce decree.  Which means if you were to pass away before the divorce is final, your ex-spouse may be receive…
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