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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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