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Complete the Retirement Transfer Process Right After Your Divorce

I have written before about the need to get any Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) done quickly after the divorce is completed. A recent Michigan case invalidated a QDRO when wife waited until after her former husband’s death to submit the QDRO. In that case the QDRO attempted to divide the former husband’s pension.  The […]

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What Do You Want from Your Lawyer?

Our firm asks our clients to critique their lawyers and our service at the end of their case.  We  find that their comments help us to improve our procedures, our physical plant and other aspects of our service delivery.  Most of these questionnaires are returned by satisfied clients. However one recently suggested that they felt […]

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Why do Lawyers Make Things so Darned Complicated?

For most couples, getting their finances divided is complicated.   Add to the divorce process that usually one member of the couple wants the divorce and the other does not and you have a complicated emotional situation.  Often the partner who wants to leave the marriage feels pressured to give up more property or more of […]

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It’s a Scary Time

It’s almost Halloween; a time when children and adults face their fears.  For those going through divorce, it can feel like Halloween all year long.  It’s a time to be scared.  The difference is we don’t have the benefit of great costumes to place a smile on our face and temper our fears as part […]

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When Trying to Save Money on Your Lawyer Ends up Costing You More

Sometimes clients tell me they want me to act in a limited role. They will settle some aspects of their divorce alone.  That’s fine, provided they understand the issues.  When they settle without understanding the ramifications of their actions, it can end up costing them money; sometimes lots of it. Example one. Swapping the house […]

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FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS IF YOU DIVORCE

Lately, a number of potential clients have come in to explore getting a divorce.  Some were employed outside the home; some not.  Some had high income wage-earning spouses.  Some had well-paying job themselves.  The common thread was that they had not considered what life-style changes getting a divorce entails. They had other factors in common. […]

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Just Take Care of My Divorce and Call me When it’s Over

Occasionally, there are very busy people who are used to focusing on what they do best (often having to do with work) and delegating or paying others to do the work they do not wish to do themselves.  This includes taking care of family matters. Not surprisingly, particularly when they have problems that are very […]

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Do Professionals Have to Make Divorce so Complicated?

Some clients complain that professionals, such as lawyers, make divorce unnecessarily complicated.  The client is really saying there are so many facets to this divorce that I feel overwhelmed.  I want to keep this simple. The truth is, as many of these blog articles show, divorce is complicated.  There is no escaping this.  Avoiding professional […]

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Getting Past Anger

Most divorces start when one spouse decides that the marriage is no longer meeting his or her needs.  The initiating spouse has often spent months, perhaps years pulling away from the relationship and considering his or her options.  Often the remaining partner, the one who finds the marriage does meet his or her needs, is  […]

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New Social Security Deadlines

Last November, Congress changed two Social Security claiming strategies that affect married and divorced couples.  These take effect after April 29, 2016.   There is still time to take advantage of the strategies, if you act quickly. Divorced couples.  If you were married for 10 years or more before your divorce, and you have not remarried, […]

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