Our top priority in this time of uncertainty is protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients, friends and families. Our office will remain open, but we are primarily working remotely. Essential personnel are in the building, but in their own isolated suites. We believe it is prudent to limit in-person meetings and settlement conferences during this time. Currently, the best way to communicate with us is through emails and telephone calls. Be assured that our technology allows us to provide the same seamless service you would have if everyone were here in person. If an in-person meeting is required, we are strictly adhering to CDC Guidelines. We are posting regular updates on how COVID-19 affects family law issues on our blog and our Facebook page.

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Divorce & Division of Community Assets

Unless there is a very good reason, the Family Court must divide community assets equally in a divorce. Other than that, however, the court has lots of leeway in deciding exactly how to divide them up. In the past, some judges have delayed the sale or award of a marital home while the children are … Read more

Severance Pay & Divorce

This pandemic has created a lot of economic suffering especially for people who have lost their jobs or been furloughed. Some employers are handling this by offering severance packages to employees in return for a voluntary quit. Some self-employed business owners have received funding under the CARES Act. If you are divorcing your spouse and … Read more

Online Security During Divorce Proceedings

Online spying and stalking by spouses and significant others has become almost epidemic. This is a critical issue in a divorce or child custody proceeding. Without your knowledge, keystroke monitoring software could be on your computer so that your ex or ex-to-be is able to view your every keystroke. People have been known to hide … Read more

Divorce and the Marital Residence

The use of the marital home before a divorce can be settled is frequently the subject of great dispute. What’s the process for one person to obtain exclusive use of the home? How will the staying party pay for the home if they cannot afford it? Does leaving the home mean that person forfeits their … Read more

Running and Valuing the Family Business in a Divorce

Divorcing spouses have special duties of loyalty to each other, which also applies to any assets in which they have a common interest.  Observing these duties are particularly critical if you own a business, but especially a small business. The CARES Act loan adds a new layer of complexity to divorce cases. Here’s what you should discuss … Read more

What Divorcing Couples Need to Know About Social Security

A divorced spouse is entitled to claim social security benefits using their ex’s earning record. Typically, the divorcing spouse is entitled to the greater of the benefit based on their own earnings record or half of the benefit that their ex receives. Half of the benefit the spouse receives is the maximum amount, but depends … Read more

The ‘Disillusion’ of Marriage: When a Spouse Steals the Family Treasure

The emotional pain of a divorce can be sharpened exponentially when a person discovers that his or her spouse has hidden marital property. The search for these assets can be complicated and expensive, but the potential remedies are powerful. Stay alert to financial documents mailed to your home or stored on common computers. Additionally, there … Read more