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Why You (Probably) Can’t Withdraw a Signed Marital Dissolution Agreement

2 November, 2016 by Lawrence in alimony, Divorce
When you are working your way through your divorce, you might come to a settlement with your spouse and sign a marital dissolution agreement (as well as a parenting plan if you have children).  Once the parties sign the marital dissolution agreement (or “MDA”), you’ve finished ... read more...
Prenuptial Agreement May Not Be Fair, But Must Be Followed

Prenuptial Agreement May Not Be Fair, But Must Be Followed

15 September, 2014 by Lawrence in Divorce, Prenuptial, Property Division
This case is about how a prenuptial agreement can come back to haunt you if you don’t carefully abide by all of its provisions. Husband and Wife were married in 2006.  At the time the parties were married, Wife had a large trust fund, which she wanted to keep as separate property. ... read more...
Division of Real Property and Retirement Funds in a Divorce

Division of Real Property and Retirement Funds in a Divorce

Wife is to receive $115,000 from husband's retirement fund in exchange for some of the marital property. Should she have to pay the taxes on that money, or should the husband pay the taxes? read more...
What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO?

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, which is usually shortened to "QDRO", is an order of a court that instructs the manager of a retirement plan to set aside and pay a portion of the funds to an alternate payee. read more...

Husband’s Concealment of Assets Results in New Division of Property

When a court divides the assets and debts of a couple as part of a divorce, the court must normally rely on values of the assets that are supplied by the parties. With some assets, such as bank accounts and credit cards, the balances should be easy to determine. However, sometimes people try ... read more...

5 Reasons You Don’t Need a Prenuptial Agreement

I previously gave some reasons why engaged couples should consider a prenuptial agreement. Here, I'm going to share the most common reasons why people may choose not to have such an agreement. read more...

6 Reasons You Need a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are no longer just for wealthy or famous people. Many modern marriages could benefit from planning ahead and if you are about to get married, you might be surprised what a well drafted agreement can do for you. read more...

Property Division for Unmarried Couples

Suppose you've lived with the love of your life for many years. Suppose during those many years the two of you have purchased property together, made a nice home for yourselves, and accumulated a lot of assets. However, the two of you never decided to get married, but now it's time to go your ... read more...

Lose the Spouse, Sell the House

The easy way out in a divorce is for the two parties to negotiate and agree that the husband will pay certain debts, and the wife will pay certain other debts. The problem is, unless you arrange to have your name removed from joint accounts, you might find yourself responsible for more debt ... read more...

How Discovery Can Help Win Your Case

Lawyers use a lot of tools and techniques to build their client's divorce case, but one of the most useful (and sometimes most feared) is the discovery process. Discovery is so useful that some attorney's use it as a threat. Find out how discovery can help your case. read more...