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The Collaborative Process Controls the Costs of Divorce

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Divorce brings up a lot of emotional and financial concerns as each spouse figures out how to move on from the marriage. Finances are a particular worry for many couples because, coupled with the necessary adjustments caused by losing income, there is the additional issue of how to pay for the cost of the… Read More »

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Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation: Key Differences

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

As divorcing couples become more aware of the alternatives to traditional litigation, some are starting to demand options beyond standard divorce settlement negotiations. Especially if children are involved, spouses want more control over the terms of the outcome, and fewer reasons to generate additional negative emotion or obstacles to communication. People are often aware… Read More »

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Issues Surrounding the Division of the Marital Home in Divorce

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

How to address whether to keep or sell the family home in the wake of divorce is a looming issue for a lot of couples, since the house is often the largest tangible asset they own. There is also the issue of a child’s attachment to the home for security, community and school purposes… Read More »

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Determining if You Need Permission to Relocate

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Moving to a new place frequently brings the conflicting emotions of stress and excitement that reflect the complex reality of transitioning to a new life stage. Relocating when parents share child custody is quite a bit more complicated, and may require court intervention if procedures are not followed or disputes arise. Parents understandably want… Read More »

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Child Custody Issues with Same Sex Couples

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Forming an important and lasting bond with a child through direct involvement with the child’s daily life is not limited to the child’s legally-recognized parents. This influence may be exerted by any present and caring adult, and in the context of same-sex relationships, is not an uncommon arrangement. While many same-sex couples are now… Read More »

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What Happens to Alimony Under the Recent Federal Tax Reform Law?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

When the word divorce enters a spouse’s mind, and certainly by the time the concept is spoken aloud, fears  about the myriad of issues can be overwhelming.  . Finances are certainly of great concern, as a person’s standard of living is bound to be impacted by severing the marriage. One feature of divorce designed… Read More »

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Understanding the Nuances of Military Divorce

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

All married couples face the possibility of divorce, but the rate of divorce among military personnel, particularly those deployed on active duty, is significantly higher. A report issued in the summer of 2017 indicated that military workers took three of the top ten spots for careers most likely to divorce, which means military personnel… Read More »

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Bankruptcy Experts Push for End to Debt Limits in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Debt can quickly spiral out of control due to unforeseen or unpreventable events that require spending large amounts of money and/or suffering a substantial loss of income. When debt becomes this overwhelming, many people turn to bankruptcy for relief. Living with the burden of unmanageable debt is an oppressive situation that rarely gives the… Read More »

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An Illegal Marriage and How It Affects Your Rights during Divorce

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

As most people are aware, marriage is a prerequisite to filing for divorce. Without the existence of a legal marriage, a court does not have the power to resolve the issues typically associated with a breakup, i.e., child custody, support, alimony, etc. While the issue of the validity of a marriage is rarely a… Read More »

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The Point of Establishing Paternity

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

All parents have an obligation to financially support their children, regardless of the relationship status with the other parent. When parents are married or living together, this support comes as a natural part of caring for members of the same household. But when divorce or separation occurs, financial assistance that was once a given… Read More »

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