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Archive for December, 2010

Twelve Gifts for the Holidays

Friday, December 24th, 2010

If you are in the process of divorce or separation, you might be a little down in the dumps for the holidays.  But it’s the season for giving, so we thought we might cheer you up with these twelve free and useful gifts we pulled together from the Internet for you.

  1. Free Visitation Schedules and Percentages
  2. Free Child Support Calculator
  3. Free Alimony Calculator
  4. Free Online Financial Calculators
  5. Free Interest Calculator for Judgments
  6. Free Alimony Recapture Calculator
  7. Free New Blog on Coping Strategies for Divorce Emotions
  8. Free Notes from the Universe
  9. Free Calendar and Messaging for Co-Parenting After Divorce
  10. Free Sample Parenting Plan (PDF)
  11. Free Divorce Coaching Interactive Program
  12. Free Divorce Email Newsletter (Upper Right Corner of This Page)

Divorce Quotes

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Something to think about before you decide to divorce your spouse:

“A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.” — Chinese Proverb

Putting the Fault Back in No-Fault Divorce

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Years ago Maryland and Virginia added no-fault divorce grounds to the traditional fault grounds.   DC has moved completely to no fault grounds.  However, even if you file on no-fault grounds, marital misconduct still comes into play in all three jurisdictions.

Alimony. In each jurisdiction, the law provides a list of factors the court must court must consider in determining alimony.  In Maryland and DC, one of the factors is circumstances surrounding the estrangement of the parties.  In Virginia, adultery can prevent a spouse from receiving alimony unless the court finds that would create a manifest injustice.

Property. In determining how marital property is to be equitably distributed, each jurisdiction has another list of factors the court must consider.  In Maryland, there is a catch all provision that includes any other factors that the court considers appropriate.  In Virginia, one factor is circumstances contributing to the dissolution of marriage.  In DC, it is circumstances contributing to the estrangement.

Custody. Marital misconduct does not necessarily make you a bad parent.  The test is best interest of the children.  But the parties think it is important that the judge know what a scoundrel the other parent is, especially if the other parent is slinging mud, too.

As a result, the parties spend 90% of their time in discovery and trial trying to prove fault.  While most of the judges I’ve talked to say it affects their decision by 10% or less.

Investing in Divorce

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Michelle Pont and her husband started a truck hauling business in 1991 in California.  Over the years they accumulated millions in properties and investments.  But when Michelle decided to divorce, she discovered that her husband controlled all the family assets.  She maxed out all her credit cards on legal fees and expert witnesses in the first few months of the divorce.

She thought about taking a settlement for less than she thought was fair.  Then she discovered Balance Point Divorce Funding, a Beverly Hills company that lends money for divorce expenses in exchange for a percentage of the money obtained by the borrower in the divorce.  There are no interest charges and no payments are due until the recovery.

Attorney Stacey Napp, started Balance Point last year, after her own lengthy and expensive divorce.  She says she has loaned more than two million dollars to ten women for divorce expenses so far.

Read More:  Taking Sides in a Divorce, Chasing Profit by Binyamin Appelbaum

 
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