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My Case Is Going into Mediation. What Happens Now?

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You’re in the midst of your divorce or child custody case, and things with your ex have hit an impasse. Maybe you can’t agree on the way the child custody schedule should look, or what school the kids should attend, or what should happen to the house you shared. No matter the issue, you’re preparing to enter mediation, whether by recommendation of your attorney or order of the court. You may have heard of this term, but don’t actually know what happens or what to expect from the mediation process. Here’s what you need to know about mediation:   What…

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I’m Getting Divorced. Should I Adjust My Estate Planning Documents?

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Divorce is a stressful situation full of changes. You’re changing your marital status, where you live, the amount of money and property you have access to, the amount of time you have with your children, and more. Something that often gets left out when finalizing your divorce is your estate planning documents. Things such as wills, trusts, and even retirement beneficiaries need to be changed to remove your former spouse’s name and access so that, if something happens to you, the right people receive your assets.   What Documents Do I Need to Change after My Divorce? Along with your…

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Can Divorce Be Good for My Children?

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Deciding to divorce is never easy. You have to worry about how you’re going to pay all the bills, where you’ll live, and how to separate lives that were once so intertwined. If you and your spouse have children together, though, the worries about divorcing can be magnified. Should we stay together for the sake of the kids? What happens if they have to switch schools? Won’t it be difficult for them to live in separate houses? All of your fears are completely valid and show that you’re concerned about how your children will react to this major life change….

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I’m a Private Person. Will My Divorce Records Be Public?

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You’ve filed for divorce, or have just recently had your divorce finalized. Throughout the process, you and your former spouse filed motions and had information admitted into evidence. Some of it may be private information, such as financial records or sworn statements. The process may leave you wondering: Are the D.C. court records of your divorce accessible to the general public? The answer to that question is a little more complicated than a simple “Yes” or “No.” The fact that you got divorced, as well as the date your divorce was finalized, is public record. Some of the records of…

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5 Tips for Surviving Your First Holiday Season after Divorce

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The holidays can be a hectic, wonderful, memory-filled time. Everyone’s hustling and bustling, picking out the perfect gifts and planning special meals. But your first holiday season post-divorce can also be full of pain, loneliness, and even a little regret. Even if you’ve felt completely content and at peace with your divorce, the reminders of what was, what isn’t anymore, and what will never be again can rear their ugly heads. Traditions that had become an ingrained part of your holidays are just gone, and along with it may be time with your children or other family members you love….

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How Will Property Be Divided in My Divorce?

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When getting a divorce, one of the biggest questions for many couples surrounds who gets to keep what property – house, cars, retirement accounts, antiques and valuables. Depending on how and when the property was acquired, the distribution can be simple or it can require some negotiation. There are two major types of property when it comes to a divorce: Marital and separate. What Is Separate Property? Separate property, also called non-marital property, is any property that is acquired outside of the marriage. This is most commonly used to describe assets that were owned by one party prior to the…

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I’ve Just Been Served with Divorce Papers. Now What?

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Even if you knew this day was coming, being served with divorce papers can be a big shock. Your marriage, and the life you envisioned for yourself, is headed toward the end. It’s an emotional thing to process, regardless of your overall feelings about the end of your marriage. Now that you’ve got the papers in your hands, you may be wondering what to do next.   Take Some Time Divorce is a stressful, emotional time. Even if you and your spouse mutually decided on the divorce, or you want out of your marriage desperately, you are likely to face…

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How Will Child Support Impact My Taxes?

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Child support – either paying or receiving it – is part of most child custody cases. While the changes to your normal daily budget are easy to understand, many people wonder about the tax implications of child support. Will I be taxed on child support that I receive? What about child support that I pay? We can help answer those questions:   For the Child Support Payor If you are ordered to pay child support as part of your child custody case, the child support you pay is not taxed as income. It is taken out of your check before…

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So You Want a Divorce: 5 Steps To Take Now

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You’ve been unhappy in your marriage for quite some time and, after a lot of thought, you’ve decided divorce is the only way to find peace. You may feel overwhelmed, relieved, confused, or a combination of emotions. That’s normal. To help you get a handle on what needs to happen from this point on, here are 5 steps to take after deciding you want a divorce: Tell Your Spouse This is the critical first step, and often the most difficult. Chances are your spouse has some inclination that something’s not right with your relationship, but he or she may still…

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