When your spouse says he or she wants a divorce, contacting an attorney should be high on your “to do” list. If trying to “fix” your marriage isn’t an option, a visit to a divorce attorney is a first step toward protecting your interests. No matter how much you believe your spouse will do the “right thing,” at divorce the “right thing” may be to look out for themselves at any cost.
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Bankruptcy is a very real threat to men and women going through divorce. Bankruptcy may be an embarrassment but it might also be necessary for survival.
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This was the story: “A ruling by the California Supreme Court may save Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants millions of dollars because of a prenuptial agreement. The ruling on August 21, 2000, reversed a lower court decision that had ruled it was unlikely a trial court could find the agreement valid.”
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Divorce is stressful enough without wondering if you have the right attorney. Here are a few tips to help in selecting an attorney:
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In a previous article, I suggested that putting together a strong Marriage Contract might be useful before getting married to help outline the responsibilities of each person during marriage. The contract would also, should it be necessary, provide a base for a “civilized” divorce.
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Regardless of how much in love a couple was when they walked down the aisle on their wedding day, few couples are willing to part ways in a friendly manner.
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Arbitration is an option to contested divorce litigation. Each person is still represented by their own attorney but their issues are discussed in front of an arbitrator who makes the final decision instead of a judge.
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Mediation is a less adversarial method of divorce. Mediation is often required when a couple is going through an contested divorce. In mediation, the divorcing couple meets with a divorce mediator who helps them come to agreement regarding property distribution, children’s issues, and other matters.
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It’s called “instant divorce” or “triple talaq” and Muslim men have been using it to divorce their wives in a matter of minutes over the phone, by mail, and through mobile phone text messages.
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I have been divorced twice and each divorce was primarily a “do-it-yourself” even though I did have an attorney for the first one. I was fortunate that my attorney was a former co-worker who agreed to do the paperwork and filings for my divorce. He was not a divorce lawyer but my needs were more for someone who could assist me through the legalities than represent me in a court battle.
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A few years ago, when I read an AP Special Features article titled “Brides advised to start early for flawless hair and makeup,” an overview of an article in Town & Country, I couldn’t help but get annoyed. The magazine article was focused on making the wedding day the day in a woman’s life.
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