May 2018 Archives

Appeals court says judge created parental alienation

Judges are supposed to rule based on a fair and impartial reading of the law, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. According to the ABA Journal, such was the case recently when a Pennsylvania appeals court said on May 4 that a Philadelphia Family Court Judge “judicially created parental alienation” and failure to provide due process.

Password changes should be part of the divorce process

Changing the locks on the doors of the family house is a simple yet smart measure when going through the divorce process. This is particularly the case when the divorce is contested or involves acrimony. However, in the era where we are increasingly conducting our lives in the digital realm, it also is highly recommended that individuals change their passwords.

Mistakes can be costly when dividing an IRA

Couples will often split up an IRA as part of a divorce agreement. While getting divorced can be challenging or downright unpleasant, additional financial mistakes can make the process even more painful. A Michigan couple recently found this out when it lost a case against the IRS where the husband transferred $140,000 from an IRA to a checking account and failed to pay income taxes on the money.

New book on prenup mediation

Attorney Laurie Israel has practiced law for 30 years. She started as a tax lawyer, then went into general practice and concentrated on family law and estate planning. About 10 years ago, she published an online article entitled "Ten Things I Hate About Prenuptial Agreements." The piece went viral on the internet because an attorney hadn't written an article like that before.

When you create a prenuptial agreement, make sure it's strong

In a divorce, your partner and their attorney will almost certainly fight for as much property, money and other assets as possible. If you are not careful, they could succeed, leaving you financially devastated. One of the best ways to prevent this scenario is by signing a prenuptial agreement.

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