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7 tips for documenting domestic violence

One of the biggest problems with domestic violence is simple: No one sees it happen. If your spouse is abusing you, you may know the truth, but what's to stop him or her from denying it? Then it turns into a he-said, she-said situation that can drag on and on and may never reach a fair resolution.

How to avoid having your ex as your business partner

Not many divorces are easy, and they can be especially stressful if one or both parties own a business. There are some steps you can take to protect your company when your marriage is showing signs of breaking up. Plans to avoid losing half the business in which you've invested countless hours and utilized a myriad of resources will need to be put in place in advance of your divorce settlement. One of the most efficient -- and least expensive -- ways to protect a business is a prenup.

Five ways to protect your financial assets during a divorce

There is no such thing as an easy divorce. Emotions are at elevated levels, stress is at its peak, and that’s true even if the split is amicable. Most marriages that are ending leave in their wake hurt feelings and even some animosity. Although things may start out well, when it comes time to discuss separation of assets, child custody, child support, visitation, and alimony, compromises may not come easily and disagreements will likely arise.

Five ways to protect your financial assets during a divorce

There is no such thing as an easy divorce. Emotions are at elevated levels, stress is at its peak, and that's true even if the split is amicable. Most marriages that are ending leave in their wake hurt feelings and even some animosity. Although things may start out well, when it comes time to discuss separation of assets, child custody, child support, visitation, and alimony, compromises may not come easily and disagreements will likely arise.

Why a prenuptial agreement makes sense for everyone

When Cupid’s arrow finds its mark, the sunshine feels warmer, the birds sing more sweetly, and happily ever seems like more than just a nice ending to children’s stories. You’re in love, you’re getting married, and you can’t imagine that it will ever end. So bringing up the subject of a prenuptial agreement not only seems unnecessary, but hurtful and distrustful.

10 signs that a spouse is hiding assets in a divorce

Couples don’t divorce because everything is going just swimmingly. Divorce is a result of deep-seated issues and problems, hurt feelings, and perhaps even betrayal. It’s usually not 100 percent amicable, and – although assets should be divided equitably – each spouse is trying to come out of it smelling like a rose, financially speaking. This take-no-prisoners attitude is not uncommon, to the point where a spouse will sometimes resort to hiding assets during a divorce to gain an edge and emerge with more than their fair share. This is, of course, illegal, but not uncommon.

How divorced parents and their children can have a great summer

Summer is supposed to be a fun, carefree time for swimming, picnics, and sun-filled vacations. For divorced parents, though, summer may be a stressful time. Since children are off from school, visitation schedules need to be adjusted, and each parent wants to spend vacation time with their children. But with some advance thought and planning, conflicts and misunderstandings can be avoided, and the children can still have a fun, activity-planned summer. Here are some tips that can help the summer be peaceful and enjoyable for everyone:

How do you get a restraining order for elder abuse?

Dependent adults are usually elderly, disabled or mentally incapacitated persons who rely on others for their support. Just like young children, these individuals are extremely vulnerable members of society. If the person taking care of a dependent adult becomes abusive, for example, the dependent adult might not know how to make it stop.

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