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June 2018 Archives

Are your divorce records public?

A divorce is one of the most difficult challenges that many will face, particularly those acrimonious disputes that end up in court. After such a draining experience, many simply want to put it behind them and move on to the next chapter in their lives. Unfortunately, the same details of your personal life that were hashed over in front of a judge are now a matter of public record, this includes financial matters like the value of your estate, details of your private life at home and other details.

What if a deceased’s life insurance policy lists an ex-spouse?

There are seemingly an endless number of details that need to be addressed during the divorce process and after. One that may slip through the cracks because it didn’t seem immediately pressing is changing the benefactor on a life insurance policy or other non-probate assets. Your will may have been updated, but perhaps non-probate assets like individual retirement accounts, insurance policies, annuities or mutual fund account were not addressed.

What is direct and indirect parenting time interference?

After parents divorce, they usually share custody or visitation rights in some form or another. This may mean that both parents enjoy nearly equal time with their child in their respective homes. Alternatively, it may mean that one parent enjoys the bulk of the time with the child and the other has rights to spend time with him or her at designated times and places.

Judge of Stanford rape case ousted

The people of California have spoken loudly in the June 5 mid-term elections, recalling a sitting California judge for the first time since 1932. Judge Aaron Persky received national condemnation for sentencing a former Stanford swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The prosecution had asked for a six-year sentence.

Setting aside money for college tuition in divorce

Divorce is a difficult chapter in the life of any family. Of course there is the emotional wounds that come when a couple realizes that one or both spouses no longer wish to be married. While this is life changing for both the parents and the children, the financial element of a divorce is also an important part of the new equation.

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