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  • Paying Alimony

    Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support, refers to payments made by one spouse to the other after a couple divorces. These payments are for living expenses and/or child support.

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  • Legal Separation

    A legal separation is a step that can be taken when a married couple separates but does not want to divorce. (http://divorce.avvo.com) A court will decide how the couple's assets will be divided and r

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  • How to Tell Your Children You’re Divorcing

    The best way to approach this painful conversation is to remember that it's all about your kids. Tell them what is happening and why. Let them know what changes to expect. Reassure them of your unconditional love. Answer their questions calmly. Show them that you and your spouse ...

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  • Before You Decide to Divorce, Ask Yourself...

    People come to the question of divorce by many routes. Whatever the reason—anger, frustration, boredom, even infidelity—you owe it to yourself and your family to examine all aspects of your situation before you decide.

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  • Community Property Division vs. Equitable Property Division in Divorce

    The issue of how to divide property comes up in most divorces, which is why its important to know if you live in a community property state or an equitable property state. The way your state handles property division depends on which of these property systems apply. The exceptio...

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  • Hidden Assets and Divorce

    If you know youre going to be getting a divorce soon, then you may want to start tracking marital finances. Not only is this necessary to your divorce, its also a prudent measure to take so you can see if your spouse has any hidden assets tucked away. Being attentive to the relev...

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  • Dividing a Business in a Divorce

    Property division in divorce can become fairly complex if one or both of the spouses owns a business. The income generated by a business is usually significant, so theres often some conflict over who gets the business, or how it will be divided in the divorce settlement. Even if ...

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  • Simple Divorce / Summary Divorce Basics

    If you want a divorce and you and your spouse have no children and no property together, then you may want to consider getting a simple divorce (aka summary divorce or summary dissolution). A simple divorce is the cheapest type of divorce and also the quickest to complete. Requirem...

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  • Appealing Your Divorce Decree

    Ideally, both parties in a divorce are satisfied with the terms of their final divorce decree. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially in a contentious divorce. When one party believes that the judge's rulings were grossly unfair or fraudulent, that person can file...

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  • Benefits of Same Sex Marriage and Civil Unions

    There are benefits to a state-recognized legal marriage or civil union, and gay couples living in these states need to carefully consider their options when deciding whether or not to marry. Some factors to consider include decisions on raising children, owning property, and health benefits.

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