The circumstances of every family law dispute are different. Some are low impact where the two sides see eye to eye on all the important areas. Others involve litigation where expert witnesses are helpful or necessary for providing insight on an issue, such as a business valuation or contentious custody situation.
Divorce is one of the biggest challenges many will face in life, yet the same can be said for filing bankruptcy. With money issues being one of the most common reasons for divorce, the one or both parties in a divorce may also need to file bankruptcy protection as well as divorce. Like it or not, bankruptcy will have an impact on the divorce, making it even more challenging and stressful whether it happens before, during or after the divorce.
Divorce and related issues like custody and dividing assets are still relatively new legal concepts for married same-sex couples. Nevertheless, attorney Keith Schulefand has been at the forefront of this issue here in Buffalo and across the region. Therefore, it is no surprise that attorney Schulefand was extensively quoted in a recent Bizjournals article.
Trained mediators usually help the sides find solutions in a collaborative manner as neutral third party. The two parties may engage in mediation on their own volition as part of a positive resolution of a no-fault divorce, or at the direction of the courts to resolve certain parts of the dispute before the court rules on other parts.
U.S. adults 50 and older now make up 25 percent of the total of divorces each year. Double the rate it was in the 1990s, the so-called phenomenon is attributed to a variety of factors. Each marriage and divorce is different, but there are common of issues specific to couples over 50 that should be considered.
Spousal maintenance (aka alimony) is less common these days with dual income families being the norm. Having a spouse who stops paying is nevertheless one problem that still occurs from time to time. A spouse can request a modification based on changing circumstances, such as declining health or a job switch. But both sides must agree if the arrangement is to be altered. In other words, one side can’t simply stop paying.
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Generally, when we get involved with someone, we try to see the best assets they have to offer and the potential to improve in areas that are not as strong. However, some personality flaws are more than just shortcomings -- they may be signs of a genuine disorder. Such is the case with narcissistic personality disorder.
The recent death of Anthony Bourdain was a tragedy for his many fans. While many were aware that he had started dating Italian actress Asia Argeto, they didn’t realize that he was amicably separated to his second wife and mother of their daughter.
It’s commonplace for the adulterous behavior of elected officials, celebrities and public figures to grab headlines. While it doesn’t have the tawdry sizzle that it did even a few years ago when our governors got into trouble, adultery is still considered a crime here in New York. This is something to consider next time the adulterer admits to the deed but says something to the effect: I didn’t break the law.
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.